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Church Whistleblower Regrets not Having Blown Her Whistle Stronger

Jennifer Haselberger calls the Catholic Church her home. Two relatives went into religious life. Haselberger was a canon lawyer for the archdiocese until she could no longer tolerate her warnings of sexual abuse being ignored...more

NJ Federal Court Rules Pension Plan Established By Church-Controlled Hospital Not an ERISA-Exempt Church Plan

On March 31, 2014 the U.S. District Court in New Jersey held that a defined benefit pension plan established by St. Peter’s Healthcare System was not a church plan exempt under ERISA despite the fact that St. Peter’s is...more

Religious Institutions Update: October 2013

The legitimacy of political speech from the pulpit is much debated. Some contend that religious institutions should be silent, because of separation of church and state or the inaccessibility of divine inspiration to...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Judge Might Lose Grip on the Case  [Video]

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The possibility that the most significant decisions affecting Detroit will not be made in bankruptcy court elevates the motor city to the "Case of the Week" status on the bankruptcy video with...more

In This Church Versus State Battle, The State Prevailed

Borrowing a bon mot from the riding arena, there are two kinds of California corporate lawyers, those who have had a filing rejected by the Secretary of State’s office and those that will. As almost every corporate lawyer in...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: US Airways Need a Merger More than AMR  [Video]

Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The strength of the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust suit to block the merger between AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. is the first topic on the video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and...more

Policy Observer - July 2013

Getting Over the Bar: Second Circuit Requires Actual Payment of Underlying Limits In Order to Trigger Excess D&O Policies - In June, the Second Circuit held that two Federal Insurance Company ("FIC") excess D&O...more

Multiple Class Action Complaints Challenge Church Plan Status of Hospital Pension Plans

Recent complaints challenging the “church plan” status of certain pension plans maintained by church-sponsored hospital systems may signal the beginning of a new wave of lawsuits challenging underfunded church pension plans. ...more

Court Scrutinizes Custodial Parent’s Decision to Send Daughter to Catholic High School

A New Jersey man of the Jewish faith sought to enjoin his ex wife from enrolling their teenage daughter in a Catholic high school. Phillips v. Emerson, No. A-0737-12T2 (App. Div. June 5, 2013). The couple was divorced in...more

New York Court Holds Incidents of Sexual Molestation Separate Occurrences

In its recent decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 2013 NY Slip Op 3264 (N.Y. May 7, 2013), the New York Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court – had occasion...more

In New York, One Priest’s Multiple Acts of Sexual Abuse on a Minor Constitutes Multiple Occurrences

Yesterday, New York State’s highest court, for the “first time,” ruled on the meaning of “occurrence” in the context of multiple incidents of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest that spanned several years and policy periods. ...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Stockton May Win the Battle, Lose the War [Video]

April 2 (Bloomberg Law) -- Although Stockton, California established the right to be in a Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, the judge warned the city that victory may be short-lived if bondholders prove that pensioners must...more

Religious Institutions Update: March 2013

In this Issue: - Key Cases - Court Upholds Permitting, Licensing and Zoning Regulation of Spiritual Counselors - Non-Liturgical Navy Chaplains Denied Injunctive Relief for Statistical Imbalance in...more

Argentina's Winds of Change May Reach Its Employment Discrimination Law

With the Catholic Cardinals’ election of their fellow Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to Pope (Francis I), a spotlight has been cast in recent days upon his native Argentina. The white smoke announcing the Cardinals’ decision...more

Fighting Irish Lose Off Field Battle Against Contraception Mandate

In addition to losing a tough battle on the football field, the Fighting Irish did not fare very well in the courtroom either. The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic University, recently attempted to challenge part of the...more

Levick Weekly - March 1, 2013: The Libor Scandal; Prosecutors Have A New Plan

In This Issue: - The Food Safety Modernization Act - The LIBOR Scandal - Prosecutors Have a New Plan - Food Safety Compliance - A Hogan Lovells Roundtable - Lessons from the Oldest CEO Succession Plan on...more

Elmo Sex Scandal: More Accusers May Come Forward, Says Lawyer [Video]

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Jeff Herman, attorney for three accusers who filed federal claims against former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash alleging underage sex, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about the...more

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