Thursday, August 15, 2013

L.A. Will Pay $950,000 In Attorney's Fees In RLUIPA Lawuit

The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles City Council yesterday voted unanimously to pay $950,000 in attorneys' fees and costs to finally conclude a long-running RLUIPA lawsuit that was filed against it in 2010 by an Orthodox Jewish congregation seeking to use a residential property as a synagogue.  In May in Congregation Etz Chaim v. City of Los Angeles, (CD CA, May 15, 2013), a California federal district court held that the city's denial of a conditional use permit and a variance to the congregation violated RLUIPA. (See prior related posting).