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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
StateTitle Category

Archdiocese Faces Fraud Suit for Using Donations to Defend, Settle Sex Abuse Claim Member access only

Charitable Contributions; Fraud

Church’s Push to Strip Members’ Power to Vote Falls Flat on Appeal

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws

Court Affirms South Dakota Priest's Embezzlement Conviction Member access only


City Ordered to Pay Fees, Damages for RLUIPA Violation Member access only

Church Property

Court: ADA Case Brought Against Religious School Allowed to Proceed Member access only

Discrimination; Schools

Minister Fined After Failing to Pay $25K in Income Tax Member access only

Income Taxes - Clergy; Payroll Tax Reporting

Church Property Held in New Jersey Bishop’s Name Still Tax-Exempt Member access only

Taxation - Church Property

Case Underscores IRS’s Power to Impose Tax Liens on Ministries Member access only

Income Taxes - Clergy

Church School Not Liable for Alerting Parents of Fired Coach’s Ban from Campus Member access only

Invasion of Privacy

Child’s Injury Raises Questions of Church Liability

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Update: RZIM, Inc. Liable for Unjust Enrichment, Fair Business Practices Violation Member access only

Charitable Contributions; Fraud

Court Affirms Pastor’s Conviction, Sentence for Embezzlement

Fiduciary Duty

Court Sides with Church in Tax Delinquency Case Member access only

Taxation - Church Property

Court Cannot Rule on Sexual Harassment Claims from Church Employees Member access only

Ministerial Exception; Sexual Harassment

Court Barred from Deciding Pastor’s Breach of Contract Claim Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Court Affirms Massive Prison Sentence for Pastor Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Nebraska Case Underscores Importance of Knowing and Understanding State Marriage Laws Member access only


Discarding Relevant Video Evidence Leads to $500,000 Judgment Against School Member access only

Child Abuse; Church Records

Church’s Failure to Cooperate Results in Loss of Insurance Coverage for Storm Claim Member access only


A Church Loses Land to a Family That Maintained It for Years Member access only

Church Property