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Curb Appeal: Looks Matter When It Comes to the ADA

I’m frequently asked two questions by business owners and managers when it comes to ADA compliance and lawsuits. The first question is, “what type of businesses get sued most often?”...more

Contractor Alert: Help Available for Small Businesses in the HUBZone Program

Recognizing that our country -- our “team,” if you will -- is stronger when all our players are on the field and playing to their full potential, our federal and some state governments have developed programs to help...more

Mt. Holly Gardens files merits brief

Although settlement discussions are continuing, the respondents in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., filed their merits brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on October 21. (The Township’s...more

Group Homes Can Move Forward With Their Lawsuit Challenging an Ordinance that has the Practical Effect of Prohibiting Group Homes...

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

The Best Defense You’ve Never Heard Of – The Federal Enclave Doctrine Restricts Wrongful Termination Remedies

The relatively obscure Federal Enclave Doctrine is potentially a powerful arrow in the quiver of defense counsel, where the tortious act complained of occurred on federal land. In the context of employment-related claims, the...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert to Decide Whether the Fair Housing Act Allows for Disparate Impact Claims in Township of Mount...

On June 17, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for certiorari in a case that will decide whether “disparate impact” liability — liability based solely on a practice’s alleged discriminatory effect, though the...more

Supreme Court Agrees Again To Decide Critical Disparate Impact Questions under the Fair Housing Act

The question of whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act may bring disparate impact claims is back on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket as a result of the Court's decision today to grant certiorari in Mount Holly v....more

Religious Institutions Update: March 2013

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

Phoenix Now Prohibits Employers from Discriminating on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or Expression, and...

After more than five hours of heated debate and public discourse, the Phoenix City Council amended the Phoenix City Code on February 26, 2013 to ban discrimination in employment on the basis of “sexual orientation,” “gender...more

Could Innocent Employers Go to Jail? Sex, Gender Identity and Phoenix’s New Criminal Ordinance

Opponents of newly approved amendments to the city of Phoenix’s Human Relations Ordinance (the Ordinance) had worried that the amendments could result in criminal penalties for employers and others who might bar transgender...more

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the "Act") was enacted in 2005. The Act recognizes "the history of discrimination against persons with disabilities in Ontario" and has, as its primary purpose,...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2013

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

Koontz v. St. John's River Water Management District

Brief Amicus Curiae of Owners' Counsel of America in Support of the Petitioner

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

Nelson v. City of Rochester

Petition for Writ of Certiorari

This Petition for Writ of Certiorari seeks review of an intermediate New York State appellate court order upholding two "Judicial Warrants of Inspection" (App. 3-8) that issued against two occupied private homes, without...more

How Late Is It?

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

Huapala Senior Care E, LLC v. City and County of Honolulu

Complaint

Huapala Senior Care E, LLC, a developer of residential housing for elderly residents of Manoa Valley, today filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City and County of Honolulu. The lawsuit charges that the City,...more

Arkansas Game & Fish Comm'n v. United States

Brief Amicus Curiae of Owners' Counsel of America

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

Infobytes Special Alert: Petitioners Withdraw Major Fair Housing Case Pending Before U.S. Supreme Court

On February 10, the parties in a major fair housing case under review by the U.S. Supreme Court requested that the Court dismiss the case. As reported previously by BuckleySandler, the City of St. Paul, Minnesota withdrew...more

Magner v. Gallagher

Brief Amicus Curiae Of Pacific Legal Foundation, Center For Equal Opportunity, Competitive Enterprise Institute, And The CATO...

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

Property and Business Owners' Precondemnation Damages Claims Dismissed

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

InfoBytes Special Alert: Supreme Court Grants Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Disparate Impact Case

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

Justice Scalia Predicts Kelo v. City of New London Will be Overturned

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

C&J Coupe Family Ltd Pship v. County of Hawaii

Reply Brief for the Petitioner

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

C&J Coupe Family Ltd Pship v. County of Hawaii

Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

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

Knight v. Twp. of Shamong, et al

N.J. App. Div. Ruling: Knight v. Twp. of Shamong, et al

Archer & Greiner, P.C. scores pro bono win for girls softball league....more

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