CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, INC., ET AL. v. L. M. HALEY MINISTRIES, INC., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 27, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Darrell J. O?Neal and JoeDae L. Jenkins, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellants, Church of God in Christ, Inc., David A. Hall, Gospel Center Temple Church of God in Christ, and Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ.

Attorneys 2:

Veronica F. Coleman-Davis, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellees, L. M. Haley Ministries, Inc., and Lonnie M. Haley, III.

Robert L.J. Spence, Jr. and Bryan M. Meredith, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellees, Gospel Center Temple Moscow, Inc., Jeremiah R. Haley, Ulysses C. Polk, Barry C. Turner, Milton Holt, Sr., Erskine J. Murphy.

Judge(s): STAFFORD

A hierarchical church filed a complaint against one of its local churches, seeking an order establishing the hierarchical church?s control over the local church?s real and personal property. The trial court dismissed the complaint on the basis of the doctrine of ecclesiastical abstention. Discerning no error, we affirm.