Unfortunately; and I think the opinion must be stamped with a large “MAYBE.”(See prior related posting.) RLUIPA Defense blog reports on the decision.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
7th Circuit Keeps RLUIPA Suit Against Chicago Alive
In World Outreach Conference v. City of Chicago, (7th Cir., June 1, 2015), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals breathed new life into a RLUIPA case that has been in litigation for 9 years. The court reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the city of Chicago as to claims against the city for damages because of delays in granting licenses to World Outreach so it could operate a former YMCA building for its religious purposes. World Outreach argued it lost some $591,000 that it could have made by housing Hurricane Katrina evacuees in the building. The court's opinion by Judge Posner included comments about the power of aldermen in Chicago politics. Judge Cudahy concurred with one of the shortest and most cryptic opinions ever: