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Mosque Members’ Lawsuit Concerning Financial Improprieties Must Be Resolved By Binding Arbitration Due to Mosque Bylaws’ Arbitration Clause

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Key point 10-16.8. Churches have various defenses available to them if they are sued as a result of a personal injury. One such defense is an arbitration policy. By adopting an arbitration policy, a church can compel members to arbitrate specified disputes with their church rather than pursue their claim in the civil courts.

A New Jersey court ruled that a lawsuit that members of a mosque brought against other members as a result of alleged financial improprieties had to be resolved by binding arbitration as a result of an arbitration clause in the mosque's bylaws. In 1989, a mosque was incorporated under the New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act. The mosque is a nonprofit charitable, religious, and educational organization. Its certificate of incorporation asserts its purpose is, among other things, to serve members of the Islamic faith by providing a house of worship, and its bylaws provide ...

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  • June 19, 2017

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