News Categories: RLUIPA

December 2020

Michigan Religious Schools: Michigan COVID Regs Violate First Amendment

A group of nonpublic schools has filed suit in Michigan federal court alleging that the state’s Health and Human Services directive that schools remain closed through December 20 violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed on December 7 by the Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools (MANS), which has since

December 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates COVID Restrictions on Religious Exercise

Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a California religious group’s challenge to COVID-19 restrictions on group worship, the Court blocked such restrictions on religious organizations in New York. The decision, by a 5-4 vote, confirms that the closely divided court has become somewhat unpredictable as to

October 2020

Electronic Sign Permit Denial Did Not Violate RLUIPA

The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on October 7, 2020 that the Town of Pembroke, New Hampshire did not violate RLUIPA when the town denied an application for an electronic sign permit for religious messages. This ruling affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the case. In Signs for Jesus and Hillside

September 2020

New Jersey Congregation Allowed to Build House of Worship; Recovers Attorney Fees

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey announced on September 15, 2020 an agreement with the Borough of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, to resolve allegations that the Borough violated the RLUIPA by denying zoning approval for an Orthodox Jewish congregation to construct a worship center on its