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Youkhanna v. Sterling Heights (E.D. Mich.)


The plaintiffs filed suit against the City and Mayor, along with a motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking to declare the consent judgment reached in AICC v. Sterling Heights (E.D. Mich.) invalid and unenforceable. That consent judgment resolves the lawsuit by the American Islamic Community Center, Inc. (“AICC”), and was incorporated into a consent order resolving a lawsuit by the United States, United States v. Sterling Heights (E.D. Mich.). The United States had alleged that the City violated RLUIPA when it denied the AICC special land use application to build a mosque in the City. The statement of interest focuses on the plaintiffs’ argument that the City did not have authority to enter into a settlement agreement unless it admitted liability or a court made a finding that it violated federal law. In short, the statement argued that the AICC’s original application fit the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, making the City free to agree to a settlement that approved a largely similar place of worship through a settlement agreement, without admitting liability or a court finding a violation of federal law.

Case Open Date
Case Name
Youkhanna v. Sterling Heights (E.D. Mich.)
Civil Rights
  • Josephine Soro
  • Wafa Catcho
  • Marey Jabbo
  • Debi Rrasi
  • Jeffrey Norgrove
  • Megan Mchuch
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
  • place of worship
  • Special Approval Land Use
  • SALU
  • Mosque
  • Homeland Security
  • residential zones
  • American Islamic Community Center Inc
  • AICC
  • 2:17-cv-10787-GAD-DRG
Industry Code(s)
  • None
Updated January 19, 2023