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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Lighthouse Community Church of God – Redford, Michigan

Lighthouse Community Church of God (“Lighthouse”), a historic African American church that had been in existence for more than 80 years, was a small but faithful community of believers whose mission was to serve others. Its building, however, had become too small for Lighthouse’s ongoing […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Lighthouse Rescue Mission – Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The federal court in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has approved a settlement agreement that requires the City of Hattiesburg to allow Lighthouse Rescue Mission (Lighthouse) to operate a Christian-based residential addiction treatment facility in a former school facility in Hattiesburg. Under the terms of the settlement, Hattiesburg […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Academy of Our Lady of Peace Catholic High School – San Diego, California

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (AOLP) has settled its lawsuit with the City of San Diego, effectively ending the nearly four yearlong dispute between San Diego’s oldest high school and the city in which it resides. The city has agreed to pay to […]

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European Court Rules in Favor of Church Autonomy

On December 1, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued an important decision that reaffirms the right of churches and other religious institutions to operate without undue government interference across Europe. The case, Nagy v. Hungary, began when internal church disciplinary proceedings were brought […]

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Property Rights, Civil Courts and Admission to Religious Schools

In a recent decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed that Civil Courts will not interfere with a decision of a religious institution to admit students to its program based on the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine – the same doctrine applied to Church property disputes. In […]

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Food Growers and Sellers Have Business Protection Tool in the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act

  • November 23, 2015
  • by Zana Tomich
  • Category: Food Law

Food growers and other sellers of certain perishable goods, like fresh fruit and vegetables, have a little known law in their toolbox that protects against business failure of a buyer. The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) 7 U.S.C. 499a was enacted in 1930 at the […]

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Religious Construction Likely on the Rise, Litigation to Follow?

According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, a 13-year decline in American religious building construction may soon end. The article states that construction of religious buildings in the U.S. (which includes churches, temples, mosques, and other buildings) peaked in 2002 and has […]

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Local governments continue mistreating churches in land use and zoning matters

AMT Owners Kenny & Beverly Sexton Join in Partnership with Summit Church Pastors Hal and Lisa Boehm. (Photo courtesy American Mountatin Theater) Local governments are mistreating churches across the country. The latest example of this wave of discrimination is making headlines in Elkins, West Virginia, […]

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Hope Rising Church succeeds on its Equal Terms claim under RLUIPA

On October 28, Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of our client, Hope Rising Community Church, and recommended granting the Church’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The Church is located in Penn Hills, […]

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Hope Rising Church succeeds on its Equal Terms claim under RLUIPA

On October 28, Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of our client, Hope Rising Community Church, and recommended granting the Church’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The Church is located in Penn Hills, […]

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