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Church Secures Right to Worship and $225,000 in Settlement with the City of Markham, IL

  • July 24, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

For more than six years, the City of Markham fought our client, the Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in both state and federal court over the church’s right to continue meeting in its sanctuary at 16018 S. Spaulding Avenue. We asserted the […]

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Talking about RLUIPA to the Arizona Bar Association: Why do we need RLUIPA when we have the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses in the First Amendment?

  • June 28, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

I had the opportunity to talk with attorneys in Arizona about Religious Land Use and Zoning at the annual meeting of the Arizona Bar Association and was asked to address the question of why do we need RLUIPA when we have the Free Exercise and […]

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Supreme Court Issues Major Property Rights Decision That Helps RLUIPA Plaintiffs

  • June 21, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

This morning the Supreme Court issued a major property/civil rights decision in Knick v. Township of Scott.  In a 5-4 decision, the Court overruled its 1985 decision in Williamson County v. Hamilton Bank. The Williamson County decision adopted a rule which required property owners to […]

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SUPREME COURT SENDS RELIGIOUS EXERCISE CASE BACK TO OREGON FOR RECONSIDERATION

  • June 17, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

In our April 15, 2019 blog post, we discussed a petition for review that was pending before the United States Supreme Court. The petition was filed in the case of Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and it involved two bakers who claimed […]

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The degree of a “Prevailing Party” for Attorney Fees in a RLUIPA action argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

  • June 10, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Today we argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City  the issue of how much success must a party have to be a “prevailing party,” to secure attorney fees recoverable under RLUIPA. The United States District Court held below that under […]

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Appellate Lawyers Association’s Annual 7th Circuit Roundtable Luncheon a Success

  • May 30, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Yesterday, summer associate Thomas Philbrick and I were honored to attend the Appellate Lawyers Association’s Annual Roundtable Luncheon with the Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The event took place at the Union League Club in Chicago on May […]

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Federal Court Rules Hope Lutheran Church’s RLUIPA Equal Terms Claim May Proceed

  • May 27, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

This week, United States District Court Judge Paul Maloney upheld Hope Lutheran Church’s Equal Terms claim under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the City of St. Ignace. The decision is an important win for the Church in its case to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear RLUIPA Equal-Terms Case

  • May 13, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

The United States Supreme Court recently had the opportunity to address several important questions regarding the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) in Tree of Life Christian Schools v. Upper Arlington, Ohio. However, today the Court unfortunately declined to hear the case. This […]

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Federal Court Says Stop Work Orders and Other Non-Zoning Processes Are Land Use Regulations Subject to RLUIPA

  • April 25, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

As its name suggests, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. 2000cc et seq., governs how religious land uses may be regulated. Therefore, a threshold question for every type of claim under RLUIPA is whether a land use regulation is even […]

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Is the Supreme Court Preparing to Reconsider Key Case Which Led to Enactment of RLUIPA?

  • April 15, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

The United States Supreme Court may be poised to reconsider or even overrule one of its landmark free exercise cases–Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990). A more recent case out of Oregon, Klein v. Oregon Bureau of […]

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