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Deborah K. Schlussel v. City of Dearborn Heights

Deborah Schlussel filed a request with the City of Dearborn Heights under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain booking photographs of a Muslim woman without her religious headscarf. The City denied Schlussel’s request, citing a privacy exception to FOIA. In response, Schlussel sued the City and various Dearborn Heights officials (collectively, “the City”), alleging that the City ... More...   $0 (11-26-2018 - MI)

DeAndre Williams v. Anthony J. Ammucci Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Albany, New York

4 Plaintiff‐Appellant DeAndre Williams appeals from a
5 memorandum and order of the United States District Court for the
6 Northern District of New York (Mordue, J.). The district court,
7 adopting the recommendation of the magistrate judge (Dancks, M.J.),
8 granted summary judgment to the defendants, various officials of the
9 New York State Department of Corrections (“D... More...
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Muhammad Tanvir, et al. v. FN Tanzin, et al. Southern District of New York - New York, New York

7 Plaintiffs‐Appellants Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibah, and Naveed
8 Shinwari (“Plaintiffs”) appeal from a February 17, 2016 final judgment of the
9 United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Abrams, J.),
10 dismissing their complaint against senior federal law enforcement officials and
11 25 named and unnamed federal law enforcement officers. As rel... More...
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United States of America v. Hardin County Emergency Medical Services Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY - Hardin County EMS Enters Settlement With United States To Resolve An American With Disabilities Complaint

United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced the settlement agreement with Hardin County Emergency Medical Services (HCEMS), on March 28, 2018, to resolve a complaint, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), regarding the provision of emergency medica... More...
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Paul Richard Butts v. Marcus Martin, et al. Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

Plaintiff–Appellant Paul Richard Butts, a Hasidic Jewish federal prisoner at the Federal Corrections Complex in Beaumont, Texas (“FCC
United States Court of Appeals
Fifth Circuit
December 8, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
No. 15-41640
Beaumont”), filed a Bivens1 suit against numerous Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”)
employees, all of whom worked at FCC Beaumont. ... More...
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Epona, LLC v. County of Ventura Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Epona, LLC and Michael Fowler (collectively, Appellants) appeal the district court’s order dismissing Appellants’ First Amendment and Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons (RLUIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc et seq., claims, and denying as moot Appellants’ motion for a preliminary injunction. Appellants challenge the County of Ventura’s (the County) permitting scheme, which requires
4 EPON... More...
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United States of America v. City of Des Plaines, Illinois

Chicago, IL - Justice Department and City of Des Plaines, Illinois Settle Lawsuit Over Alleged RLUIPA Violations

The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the City of Des Plaines, Illinois, to resolve allegations that the City violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it denied a rezoning application to allow The Society of Amer... More...
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United States of America v. Township of Bernards, et al. New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Justice Department and Bernards Township (NJ) Settle Lawsuit Over Alleged RLUIPA Violations

The Justice Department today announced an agreement with Bernards Township, New Jersey, to resolve allegations that the Township violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it denied zoning approval to allow the Islamic Society of Basking Rid... More...
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United States of America v. City of Port Jervis

New York, NY - U.S. Attorney Settles Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against City Of Port Jervis

The United States settled a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Port Jervis (“PORT JERVIS”) in Orange County, New York. Under the agreed-upon Consent Decree, Port Jervis will repeal a local law enacted in December 2015 that bans places of worship from two of the City’s central b... More...
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Jaynes, petitioner

On June 18, 2012, Charles Jaynes filed a petition pursuant to G. L. c. 210, § 12, to change his name,1
citing in support of his request his "Wiccan religious tenets." After a hearing, a judge of the Probate and Family Court denied the petition. On appeal, Jaynes argues that the judge abused her discretion and that the denial violates the free exercise clause of the First Amendment and the ... More...
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Jacob Ind v. Colorado Department of Corrections

Appellee Jacob Ind has been incarcerated in Colorado state prisons since
1992. At the time he filed this lawsuit on March 13, 2009, he was in
administrative segregation at the Colorado State Penitentiary (“CSP”) subject to
a limit of two personal books imposed by the Colorado Department of Corrections
(“CDOC”). Mr. Ind filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming theMore...
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Ricky Knight, et al v. Leslie Thompson, et al

Plaintiffs, male inmates of the Alabama Department of Corrections
(“ADOC”), brought this suit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized
Persons Act of 2000 (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000cc et seq., to challenge the
ADOC’s “short-hair policy.” The short-hair policy forbids Plaintiffs from wearing
their hair unshorn in accordance with the dictates of their Native America... More...
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Jesus Jehovah v. Harold Clarke

Inmate Jesus Emmanuel Jehovah appeals from the district court’s dismissal of his pro se claims against the Commonwealth of Virginia and various employees and contractors of the Virginia Department of Corrections (“VDOC”). Jehovah claims that Appellees violated his free exercise rights under the First Amendment and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) by a) prohibitin... More...   $0 (07-10-2015 - )

Gregory Houston Holt, a/k/a Abdul Maalik Muhammad v. Ray Hobbs, Directory Arkansas Department of Corrections

Petitioner Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, is an Arkansas inmate and a devout Muslim who wishes to grow a 1⁄2-inch beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. Petitioner’s objection to shaving his beard clashes with the Arkansas Department of Correction’s grooming policy, which prohibits inmates from growing beards unless they have a particular dermatological condition... More...   $0 (01-20-2015 - AR)

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

We must decide in these cases whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), 107 Stat. 1488,42 U. S. C. §2000bb et seq., permits the United StatesDepartment of Health and Human Services (HHS) to demand that three closely held corporations providehealth-insurance coverage for methods of contraceptionthat violate the sincerely held religious beliefs of thecompanies’ owners. We hold... More...   $0 (06-30-2014 - DC)

Sie Ervine v. Desert View Regional Medical Center Holdings

We are presented with claims under the Rehabilitation Act against health care providers for failure to communicate effectively with a person who is deaf.


Charlene Ervine, who was deaf, died of cancer in November 2009. In the years before her death, she sought


treatment at Desert View Regional Medical Center, a hospita... More...
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Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield v. City of Springfield

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield (RCB) challenges the district court's grant of summary judgment to the City of Springfield (City) and dismissal of RCB's constitutional and statutory claims against enforcement of a City ordinance that created a single-parcel historic district encompassing a church owned by RCB. Under the ordinance, RCB cannot make any changes that affect the exterior of t... More...   $0 (07-22-2013 - MA)

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Kathleen Sebelius

This case requires us to determine whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Free Exercise Clause protect the plaintiffs—two companies and their owners who run their businesses to reflect their religious values. The companies are Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain, and Mardel, a Christian bookstore chain. Their owners, the Greens, run both companies as closely held family businesses an... More...   $0 (06-27-2013 - OK)

Patricia Moore-King v. County of Chesterfield, Virginia

Patricia Moore-King ("Moore-King") challenges the application of regulations enacted by the County of Chesterfield, Virginia (the "County") affecting fortune tellers on various grounds. For the reasons that follow, we affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the County.



The parties do not dispute the relevant facts. The Chesterfield County Code... More...
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Bethel World Outreach v. Montgomery County Council

Bethel World Outreach Ministries brought this action asserting that Montgomery County’s zoning regulations, which prevented Bethel from constructing a church, violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA"), the United States Constitution, and the Maryland Declaration of Rights. The district court granted summary judgment to the County on all claims. For the reasons ... More...   $0 (01-31-2013 - MD)

Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. Thomas C. Horne

The defendants have filed interlocutory appeals from an order of the district court granting a preliminary injunction in favor of plaintiff, an association of individual members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and beneficiaries of a charitable religious trust (“FLDS Association”). After granting the defendants’ motion for an emergency stay pending resolution... More...   $0 (11-06-2012 - UT)

Opulent Life Church v. City of Holly Springs, Mississippi

Until the eve of oral argument, the City of Holly Springs, Mississippi, had on its books a zoning ordinance that explicitly singled out “churches” for unfavorable treatment, albeit not for the outright banning of their presence from particular locations. The night before we heard argument, Holly Springs amended its ordinance, this time to ban “[c]hurches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and ot... More...   $0 (09-28-2012 - MS)


20 This appeal concerns a longstanding land-use dispute between
21 plaintiff-appellee Fortress Bible Church (“the Church”) and
22 defendant-appellant Town of Greenburgh, New York (“the Town”)
23 over the Church’s plan to build a worship facility and school on
24 land that it owned within the Town. After a series of
25 contentious administrative proceedings effectively... More...
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Covenant Christian Ministries, Inc. v. City of Marietta, Georgia

Covenant Christian Ministries, Inc. (“Covenant”) and its pastor, Frederick T. Anderson, brought an action against the City of Marietta, Georgia, challenging the validity of its zoning ordinance. As pertinent to this appeal, Covenant and Anderson each allege multiple claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc. The district court gra... More...   $0 (09-07-2011 - GA)

Centro Familiar Cristiano Buenas Nuevas v. City of Yuma

We address the “equal terms” provision of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).1

I. Facts

Centro Familiar Cristiano Buenas Nuevas, founded in 1998, is a Christian congregation of around 250 members, associated with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. The church sued for a declaratory judgment, injunction, and damages, when the City of Yuma preven... More...
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