The CFP Board's inconsistent disciplinary record proved irrelevant to a federal judge a development that, experts say, illustrates a systemic problem in the abuse-prone world of nonprofits.
Longstanding precedent in state and federal laws prevent courts from interfering in nonprofits' internal matters unless they involve crimes such as theft. As a result, many nonprofits routinely abuse their power without fear of repercussions, says Tom Hazen, a law professor and an expert in nonprofit governance at the University of North Carolina.
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