Church sues in response to counterpart's refusal to arbitrate, alleges defendant trying to evict it from property

By John Suayan | Oct 10, 2018

HOUSTON – Shalom Hispanic Baptist Church has pursued legal action in an effort to ward off eviction attempts from another area place of worship, per recent Harris County District Court records.

Shalom is suing Church On the Rock Katy, Inc. in the Harris County 127th District Court.

Filed on Oct. 6, Shalom’s lawsuit asserts that the parties entered into an agreement two years ago in which they would settle their initial dispute by way of arbitration. Shalom and Church On the Rock were at odds over the title to property and facilities located at 2709 Telephone Rd. in the southeast part of the city.

According to the original petition, Church On the Rock has refused to arbitrate and has demanded that Shalom acknowledge as the defendant as the owner of the premises.

“Recently, the defendant Church On the Rock has demanded that Shalom vacate the premises and has attempted to deny Shalom free access and use of the premises for worship and other religious activities,” court papers state.

Consequently, the complainant seeks temporary and permanent injunctions.

It is represented by W. Joel Bryant and T. Kyle Bryant of Bryant Law in Houston.

Harris County 127th District Court Case No. 2018-71471

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