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$1.7 Million Settlement with DOJ and CAIR-MI

Original photograph by Anthony Easton, some rights reserved. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkmoose/In 2011, Pittsfield Charter Township denied, allegedly without deliberation, Michigan Islamic Academy’s (“MIA”) application to rezone a 26 acre parcel (the “Property”) to allow the development of  a pre-K through grade 12 school.  MIA then sued the Township, alleging that the denial substantially burdened its religious exercise.  At the time, MIA operated a school in … Continue Reading

Prevailing RLUIPA Defendant Denied Attorneys’ Fees

Original photograph by Anthony Easton, some rights reserved. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkmoose/This summer, we reported that Genoa Charter Township prevailed in a lawsuit filed by Livingston Christian Schools (LSC), which claimed that the Township violated RLUIPA’s substantial burden provision, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Fourteenth Amendment’s substantive due process protection. Although the Township denied LSC’s application for a permit to operate its … Continue Reading
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