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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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Charity Founder’s Wife Heavily Penalized for Excess Benefit Member access only

Excess Benefit Transactions

Ex-Employee’s Lawsuit Against Church Fails Under Church Autonomy Doctrine Member access only

First Amendment

Unmarried Pregnant Employee Can Sue Religious School for Discrimination Member access only

Employment Practices

Priest Sentenced to Nearly Eight Years for Embezzlement Member access only

Fraud

Board Possessed Legal Authority to Fire Its Pastor Member access only

Clergy - Removal; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Employee in Same-Sex Civil Union Sues Religious School Member access only

Employment Practices

Court Rejects Ministry’s Claim That It Is Exempt from All Taxes and Regulation Member access only

Tax Exemption

A Teacher Was Not Barred from Suing a Christian College for Discrimination Member access only

Ministerial Exception

Church Not Responsible for Hayride Injuries Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

A Fired Pastor’s Defamation Suit Is Dismissed Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Defamation

Employee Can Sue Church-Affiliated Organization for Disability Discrimination Member access only

Employment Practices

Pastor Denied Injunction Aimed at Stopping Online Critic Member access only

Defamation

Why Churches Should Report Criminal Activities Member access only

Child Abuse Reporting; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Loses Property after Violating Deed Restriction Member access only

Church Property

Churches Sued for Damages to a Neighboring Property Member access only

Church Property

Sexual Harassment Claim by a Minister Dismissed for Lack of Proof Member access only

Sexual Harassment

Pastor Left Without Retirement Benefits Sues Church Member access only

Income Taxes - Clergy

Youth Pastor Sentenced to Up to 12 Years for Secretly Video Recording Four Girls Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Former Youth Leader Convicted for Attempting to Engage Minors in Sexting Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastor Guilty of Securities Fraud Member access only

Fraud