President's authority to raise member's dues without a vote of members was challenged
A Civil District Court judge in New Orleans has issued a ruling in a dispute between members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.
Following an hour-long hearing, Judge Lloyd Medley ordered the club to stop collecting increased dues from members because proper notice had not been given.
He also directed the club's leaders and members to work to resolve their differences.
Member Joseph Weadd had challenged the authority of President Naaman Stewart to raise member's dues without a vote. Weadd claimed the action violated the organization's by-laws.
Stewart had sent a letter to members saying that without the dues increase the organization "would have to strongly consider bankruptcy protection and scaling back or foregoing Mardi Gras 2013."