Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
StateTitle Category

"Secret Archives" Cannot Prevent Some Records from Subpoena Member access only

Church Records

A Church's Knowledge and Liability Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Age Discrimination Lawsuits Member access only

Employment Practices

Can a Church Dismiss Members Who Sue the Church? Member access only

Freedom of Religion

Child Care Worker, Dismissed for Striking Child, Sues Former Employer Member access only

Breach of Contract; Child Abuse

Church Members Sue to Remove Minister Member access only

Church Members Sue to Remove Pastor Member access only

Church Not Liable for Camp Attendee’s Death Due to Lack of Foreseeability Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Preschool Sued for Spanking Incident  Member access only


Church-Run Schools and the Equal Pay Act Member access only


Civil Liability for Failure to Report Child Abuse Member access only

Child Abuse; Child Abuse Reporting

Clergy - Part 3 Member access only

Clergy Malpractice; Malpractice

Constitution, Bylaws and Charters Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws

Court Holds Boy Scout Organization Responsible for Injury at Local Troop Activity Member access only

Court Rules Church’s Insurance Policy Exclusion Precludes Coverage for Church in Negligence Lawsuit Member access only


Denominations' Liability for Sexual Misconduct Occurring in Churches Member access only

Dismissed Member Sues Church Member access only

Dismissed Ministers Sue Church and Denomination Member access only

Employee Relations - Part 2 Member access only


First Amendment Doesn't Keep Court from Resolving Defamation Claims Member access only