January 6, 2009

Faith Fellowship Church Loses Lawsuit Against San Leandro

According to a press release dated January 6, 2009, from the City of San Leandro's legal firm, Meyers Nave, "United States District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton rejected each of the Church’s [Faith Fellowship] nine legal claims" against the City of San Leandro.

The Church's lawsuit contended that the City of San Leandro violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) when it didn't agree to rezone land that the church had purchased for expansion. Judge Hamilton said that there was no evidence of religious discrimination or arbitrary treatment, that the City had a compelling interest in maintain the zoning designation of industrial areas, and that RLUIPA does not require preferential treatment for churches over other property owners.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 6, 2009 10:59 AM | TrackBack
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