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The broad and somewhat vague definition of religious exercise in The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) has invited much litigation over what constitutes a substantial burden and even what constitutes religious exercise.
The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000cc et seq. (RLUIPA), has been a controversial statute, particularly among small municipalities. The federal statute prohibits implementation of a land use regulation “in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person, including a religious … institution,” unless the government demonstrates that imposition of the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest 42 U.S.C. 2000cc (a)(1). The broad and somewhat vague definition of religious exercise in the statute has invited much litigation over what constitutes a substantial burden and even what constitutes religious exercise. The statute’s definition “includes any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief.” 42 U.S.C 2000cc-5(7)(A).
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By Stewart E. Sterk
In a set of foreclosure cases decided in late February, the Court of Appeals resolved some of the questions that have plagued New York’s court system in the aftermath of last decade’s mortgage crisis.
Claim That Bank Lacked Standing to Foreclose Waived By Failing to Raise Standing In Answers or Pre-Answer Motions
Seller Denied Summary Judgment on Purchaser’s Fraudulent Inducement Claim
Fraudulent Transfer Claim Reinstated
Questions of Fact Preclude Summary Judgment on Counterclaim for Improper Diversion of Water
Supreme Court Improperly Denied Specific Performance to Purchasers
Delay In Vacating a Default Justifies Application of Laches Doctrine to Prior Mortgagee
Mortgagor Who Failed to Appear Not Entitled to Vacate Foreclosure Sale
Judgment Lien Enforced Despite Error In Docketed Amount
Tenant Entitled to Terminate Lease When Premises Were Not Broom Clean
Provision Ending Discounted Rate If Tenant Pays Late Is Unenforceable
By NYRE Staff
Use Variance Denial Upheld