9th Circ. Axes Crystal Cathedral Founder's $5M Comp Claim

Law360, Los Angeles (August 4, 2014, 10:42 PM ET) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday denied Crystal Cathedral Ministries founder Dr. Robert H. Schuller's $5 million compensation claim in the church's bankruptcy, ruling he was entitled to only one-year's compensation under an employment agreement written when he stepped down as senior pastor.

Upholding a California federal judge's affirmation of a bankruptcy court's November 2012 decision that Schuller was only entitled to $600,000, the appeals court held in a split decision that he was an employee, and therefore the parties' "transition agreement" amounted to an employment contract....
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