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The Fracking Debate in Michigan

An interesting – and somewhat controversial – land use issue that is currently being addressed by many Michigan officials is a technique known as “fracking.” Fracking, a slang term for hydraulic fracturing, is a method of extracting oil and natural gas from beneath the earth’s […]

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City of San Diego settles RLUIPA lawsuit with Academy of Our Lady of Peace,

As reported in today's San Diego Tribune and San Diego Reader the City of San Diego has dropped its opposition to the modernization plan of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. The settlement combines cash payment, permits and relocation of homes The Academy of […]

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Federal Appeals Court Orders Georgia Mosque and City to Resolve Zoning Dispute

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Islamic Center of North Fulton, Inc. v. City of Alpharetta, Georgia, that the City and Islamic Center must work together to try to resolve a zoning dispute surrounding the Islamic Center’s proposed expansion of its […]

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Federal Appeals Court Orders Georgia Mosque and City to Resolve Zoning Dispute

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Islamic Center of North Fulton, Inc. v. City of Alpharetta, Georgia, that the City and Islamic Center must work together to try to resolve a zoning dispute surrounding the Islamic Center’s proposed expansion of its […]

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RLUIPA and the Individual Mandate Cases

  • February 12, 2013
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

One more place to look for help in understanding what a “substantial burden” is within the context of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is the nearly fifty individual mandate cases presently being litigated throughout the United […]

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RLUIPA and the Individual Mandate Cases

  • February 12, 2013
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

One more place to look for help in understanding what a “substantial burden” is within the context of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is the nearly fifty individual mandate cases presently being litigated throughout the United […]

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Court Ruling Potentially Expands Duties to Third Parties

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a title company owed at least a common law duty, and perhaps more, to plaintiffs who had contracted to have a home built. In Elsebaei v. Seaver Title Co., Inc. (unpublished, December 27, 2012), Plaintiffs contracted with […]

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What is New in Land Use and Zoning

With the economy turning around, developers are beginning to feel more comfortable in starting new projects and lenders are more willing to lend on commercial development. New commercial development impacts local zoning regulations, which, may result in federal lawsuit when a local community allows a […]

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Court of Appeals Finds Valid Highway by User Claim

In a significant decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals, a Mecosta County couple established a successful “highway by user” claim that turned what was previously the private property of the defendant outside Big Rapids into a public roadway. In Farlow v. Grunst, the plaintiffs […]

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Stanford Law School Launches First-Ever Religious Liberty Clinic

  • January 25, 2013
  • by Admin
  • Category: RLUIPA

As the number of religious liberty cases being filed in the U.S. continues to increase, Stanford Law School recently announced that it will be the first law school in the country to offer its students a legal clinic exclusively devoted to religious freedom cases. Thanks […]

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