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Recent Developments

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


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

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

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

Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Embezzlement

Ladders, Licensees, and Liability Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Clergy-Penitent Privilege Protects Pastor Member access only

Child Abuse Reporting

Religious Discrimination Member access only

Breach of Contract

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

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

Woman Trips Over Parking Lot Speed Bump Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Termination of a "Whistleblower" Member access only

Clergy - Removal

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


The Ministerial Exception and Disability Discrimination Member access only

Clergy - Removal; Schools

Church Barred from Suing Insurer Member access only


Land Use Regulations Member access only

Church Property; Zoning

Church Liability for Injuries on Property Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Civil Liability for Failure to Report Child Abuse Member access only

Child Abuse; Child Abuse Reporting

Church Retreat Exempt from Property Tax Member access only

Fiduciary Duties of Pension Plans Member access only

Fiduciary Duty; Retirement Plans

Release Forms and High-Risk Activities Member access only

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