Key point 6-10.04. Courts willing to intervene in disputes challenging the discipline of a church member have granted a variety of remedies to an improperly disciplined member, including reinstatement or monetary damages for defamation or emotional distress.
1. DECISIONS REFUSING TO RECOGNIZE A LEGAL REMEDY
Obviously, courts that follow the rule of non-intervention in internal church membership determinations will not provide disciplined or dismissed members with any legal remedy since no cognizable legal harm has occurred. See, e.g., John v. Estate of Hartgerink, 528 N.W.2d 539 (Iowa 1995) (defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress); Glass v. First United Pentecostal Church, 676 So.2d 724 (La. App. 1996) (defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress); Schoenhalls v. Main, 504 N.W.2d 233 (Minn. App. 1993) (defamation, fraud); Hadnot v. Shaw, 826 P.2d 978 (Okla. ...
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