Suit Seeks "Church Plan" Designation To Avoid Liability For Bankrupt Pension Plan

In Nashville (TN), an important charitable foundation, the Baptist Healing Trust Fund, last week filed a declaratory judgment action against the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation seeking to avoid potential liability to the PBGC in connection with the now-bankrupt retirement plan of the former Baptist Hospital. According to the complaint (full text) in Baptist Healing […]

Court Invokes Ecclesiastical Abstention To Dismiss Church Members' ' Claims of Financial Mismanagement

In Harrison v. Bishop,(OH App., Dec. 18, 2015), an Ohio appellate court used the clerical abstention teaching to reject a match brought by 3 participants of the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church versus supervisors and also the elderly priest of the church. The complainants declared that offenders breached their obligations under the church’s constitution by mishandling […]