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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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Michigan Court Barred by Ecclesiastical Abstention in Employment Case Subscriber access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Court Not Barred by First Amendment’s Religion Clauses in Donor’s Designated Contribution Claim

Charitable Contributions

Court Says Ecclesiastical Abstention Prevents Ruling on Student’s Denied Admission to Religious School Subscriber access only


Lutheran Minister's Wrongful Termination Suit Dismissed Due to 'Ministerial Exception' Subscriber access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Michigan Court Rules ‘Ecclesiastical Abstention’ Bars It from Resolving Church Dispute by Interpreting Polity Subscriber access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Embezzlement

Ladders, Licensees, and Liability Subscriber access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Clergy-Penitent Privilege Protects Pastors Subscriber access only

Child Abuse Reporting

Religious Discrimination Subscriber access only

Breach of Contract

Can a Denomination Be Held Responsible for a Pastor's Sexual Misconduct? Subscriber access only

Denominations - Legal Liability; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Woman Trips Over Parking Lot Speed Bump Subscriber access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Termination of a "Whistleblower" Subscriber access only

Clergy - Removal

Church Preschool Sued for Failing to Accommodate Autistic Child Subscriber access only


The Ministerial Exception and Disability Discrimination Subscriber access only

Clergy - Removal; Schools

Church Barred from Suing Insurer Subscriber access only


Land Use Regulations Subscriber access only

Church Property; Zoning

Church Liability for Injuries on Property Subscriber access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Civil Liability for Failure to Report Child Abuse Subscriber access only

Child Abuse; Child Abuse Reporting

Church Retreat Exempt from Property Tax Subscriber access only

Fiduciary Duties of Pension Plans Subscriber access only

Fiduciary Duty; Retirement Plans

Release Forms and High-Risk Activities Subscriber access only

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