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The Academy of Our Lady of Peace Religious Land Use case is heading to trial October 1

  • May 23, 2012
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

San Diego (May 23, 2012) – The Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California, has set a trial date of October 1, 2012 in the case of Academy of Our Lady of Peace v. City of San […]

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Breaking News: the 9th Circuit Finds a City Zoning Scheme Creates a Substantial Burden

  • February 15, 2011
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In a published opinion released just hours ago, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in International Church of the Foresquare Gospel v. City of San Leandro, Case No. 09-15163 where the Court reversed the decision of the lower court who granted summary […]

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So What is a “Substantial Burden” Within RLUIPA?

  • February 2, 2011
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The term “substantial burden” in RLUIPA has confused and divided lower courts since it first appeared in the Act

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