Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Break-Away S.C. Episcopal Churches Win Right To Real, Personal and Intellectual Property

In Protestant Episcopal Church In The Diocese of South Carolina v. Episcopal Church, (SC Cir. Ct., Feb. 3, 2015), a South Carolina state trial court held that 38 break-away Episcopal parishes in South Carolina retain ownership of their real, personal and intellectual property. It rejected claims by The Episcopal Church that an express or a constructive trust existed under which it could claim the property. Finally the court enjoined The Episcopal Church from using the names or seals of the break-away churches and their Diocese. FITS News reports on the decision.