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A New York court ruled that members of a nonprofit corporation had a "proper purpose" in asking to see various records of the corporation.

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Key point 6-03.1. Church members generally have no right to inspect church records unless such a right is conferred by state nonprofit corporation law, a church's charter or bylaws, state securities law (if the church has issued securities), or a subpoena. Church records enjoy no privilege against disclosure, with the exception of documents that are protected by the clergy-penitent privilege under state law.

A New York court ruled that members of a nonprofit corporation had a "proper purpose" in asking to see various records of the corporation, and therefore they had a legal right under the state nonprofit corporation law to see those records.

A nonprofit corporation amended its articles of incorporation and bylaws to prevent "inactive members"' from voting on certain matters. Several inactive members informally asked to see the new corporate bylaws along with member ...

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  • March 1, 2001

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