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Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
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Supreme Court Decision Could Spur New Immigration Laws
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Free Speech and Shopping Malls: Resources to Help Landlords and Property Owners Stay Compliant
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the district court erred in dismissing a lawsuit challenging a city ordinance that effectively banned group homes for alcoholics and drug users with an...more
In this Issue:
- Key Cases
- Court Upholds Permitting, Licensing and Zoning Regulation of Spiritual Counselors
- Non-Liturgical Navy Chaplains Denied Injunctive Relief for Statistical Imbalance in...more
In 2000, Congress enacted the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000cc et seq. (RLUIPA), in recognition that "new, small, or unfamiliar churches in particular, are frequently discriminated...more
Today, on behalf Owners' Counsel of America, we filed this amicus brief in Koontz v. St Johns River Water Mgmt Dist., No. 11-1447 (cert. granted Oct. 5, 2012). That's the case asking whether the "essential nexus" and "rough...more
On September 28th, 2012 Cook County Associate Judge Thomas Donnelly threw out the arrests of Occupy Chicago demonstrators who had been charged with violation of the City of Chicago’s overnight park curfew. He went on to...more
This is the amicus brief of Owners' Counsel of America in Arkansas Game & Fish Comm'n v. United States, No. 11-597 (cert. granted Apr. 2, 2012), the case in which the Federal Circuit held that flooding caused by the Corps of...more
The federal Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful "[t]o refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer ... or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex,...more
We've covered in the past the impacts property and business owners suffer when government agencies plan for public projects. We've also covered when agency planning crosses the line and results in precondemnation damages or...more
On November 7, 2011, the Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari in the case of Magner v. Gallagher, 10-1032, which poses the question of whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing...more
When we think of some of the most well-recognized and controversial decisions from our judicial system, cases like Roe v. Wade (abortion) and Dred Scott v. Sandford (slavery) come to mind. Within our group of right of way...more
Today, we filed the Reply Brief (also available below) in the case that asks: after Kelo, when is eminent domain pretextual?
Last month, we filed a cert petition asking the Supreme Court to review the Hawaii Supreme...more
This case presents the opportunity for the U.S. Supreme Court to firmly establish what the majority and Justice Kennedy’s concurring opinions in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) strongly suggested, but did not...more
Today, on behalf of the Manufactured Housing Institute, we filed this amicus brief (also available below) in the U.S. Supreme Court in Guggenheim v. City of Goleta, No. 10-1125 (petition for cert. filed Mar. 11, 2011).
Each February and March for the past six years Caitlin Mills, 16, and Abigail Mills, 14, have put a card table in front of their home in Hazelwood, Missouri, and sold Girl Scout cookies to drivers passing by. This year,...more
Complaint against the City of New York seeking various forms of relief including for civil rights violations under 42 USC section 19893 by various New York City building owners. The plaintiffs have been assessed with...more
Issues: automatic approval of zoning permits; public trust....more
Yesterday, on behalf of the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, we filed this brief amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court in Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. Hawaii, No. 10-331 (cert. petition filed Sep. 7, 2010).
We filed a motion, based on an affidavit filed by the Chief Executive Officer of OTR Media Group, in New York's Appellate Division, First Department to stay the enforcement of the decision and order of Supreme Court, New York...more
We filed a motion, based on this affidavit from the Chief Executive Officer of OTR Media Group, in New York's Appellate Division, First Department to stay the enforcement of the decision and order of Supreme Court, New York...more
This brief was filed to support the application for writ of certiorari which asks the Hawaii Supreme Court to review the decision of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals in Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. State of Hawaii,...more
When is a lease that everyone agrees is worth more than a million dollars totally worthless? When it's an eminent domain case and the court applies the "undivided fee" rule, that's when.
Most eminent domain attorneys know...more
Yesterday, we filed this motion for leave to file brief amicus curiae and a copy of the proposed brief in support of the application for writ of certiorari which asks the Hawaii Supreme Court to review the decision of the...more
For the second time, a federal judge has declared a Farmers Branch ordinance banning illegal immigrants from renting in the city to be unconstitutional. Here are excerpts from a Dallas Morning News article reporting this...more
When a statute mandates that a property owner is entitled to recover "all damage" when an attempt to condemn its property fails, does that include the lost time value of any of the property owner's funds which have been...more
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