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Court Rules Workers’ Compensation Insurance Is Exclusive Benefit for Job-Related Injuries

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities; Workers Compensation

Statute of Limitations Bars Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Court Rules School Is Not Responsible for Student’s Suicide

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities; Schools

Church’s Failure to Follow Bylaws Nullifies Key Appointments and Resignations

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Court Addresses Multiple Claims from Pastor, But ‘Ministerial Exception’ Doctrine Bars a Resolution to Age Discrimination Charge

Employment Practices

First Amendment Religion Clauses Prohibit Court from Resolving Confidential Communications Claim

Confidential and Privileged Communications

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

Charitable Contributions

Ministerial Exception Prevents Court from Resolving Discrimination Lawsuit Member access only

Employment Practices

Church Employee's Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Dismissed Due to Lack of 'Viable Claim' Member access only

Employment Practices; Sexual Harassment

Court Rules Release Form Does Not Prohibit Minor from Suing Church After Summer Camp Injury

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Tax Court Rejects Pastor's Attempt to Avoid Taxes Through Vow of Poverty, Salary Renunciation Member access only

Religious Corporation's Attempt to Block IRS Summons Rejected by Federal District Court Member access only

Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine Bars Court from Intervention in Dispute over Church Bylaw Compliance Member access only

Clergy - Selection

State Supreme Court Addresses Pastor's Rescinded Resignation Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Church's Coffee Shop Fails to Qualify for Tax-Exempt Status Member access only

Provisions in Decedent’s Will Could Be Reformed by Recourse Based on Religious Charities’ Extrinsic Evidence Member access only

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Restrictive Provision in Churches’ Charitable Trust Can Be Expanded to Allow Additional Investments  Member access only

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Judge’s Severe Comments During Youth Pastor’s Trial Ruled Insufficient Grounds to Reverse Conviction Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Student Successfully Appeals Lawsuit Against Synagogue for Injuries Sustained During Study Abroad Program Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Court Rules First Amendment Bars Its Involvement in Defamation Claim Against Couple’s Former Pastor and Church Member access only

Members - Discipline
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