There are two different claims being represented in this question, that the church
engage[s] in a significant number of lawsuits over incidents at their activities
and implicitly, that the church deliberately provokes people to beat up its members.
I don't know about the first claim, but the second claim is definitely not true, and could only be offered by someone who has never actually been beaten up.
In popular stories - for example in films and television dramas - people (or men, to be more precise) get up from their beatings with black eyes and bruising, perhaps a cracked rib, and painfully stumble through the next few days of their lives until they're feeling better.
In real life, people who have been beaten up even once are affected physically and psychologically, very significantly, and often devastatingly. They don't bounce back quickly; sometimes it's never, and they are often altered permanently by the experience.
Being beaten up - as the claims imply, receiving multiple beatings as part of a policy - is simply not a plausible way of raising an income, either for an individual or a group. That way lies crippling permanent physical debilitation and psychological trauma.
So if the claim really means being beaten up, as opposed to say, being shoved or prodded in the chest a bit, this is clearly not true.