Some of the cases we have successfully prosecuted include:
- St. Anthony Lawsuit On August 27, 2014, the United States filed a lawsuit to enforce Abu-Huraira Islamic Center’s constitutional rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) and require the City of St. Anthony Village to allow Abu-Huraira’s religious assembly. The United States’ complaint alleged that denial of the permit imposed a substantial burden on Abu-Huraira’s exercise of religious worship. Moreover, the denial unlawfully disfavored a religious use, because the light industrial district where Abu-Huraira’s building is located allowed other, non-religious assemblies.
- St. Anthony Settlement On December 16, 2014, the Department of Justice and the City of St. Anthony Village announced a settlement agreement resolving the city’s alleged RLUIPA violation. The agreement granted to the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center a conditional use permit (CUP) to use the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center for religious assembly.
- Greenbrier Settlement On March 20, 2015, the United States reached a settlement agreement with the Greenbrier Village Homeowner’s Association, Inc. (Greenbrier) and Gassen Company, Inc. (Gassen) resolving a lawsuit filed on November 25, 2013. The lawsuit alleged that Greenbrier and Gassen unlawfully discriminated against residents with children by issuing and enforcing rules regarding the use of common areas at the Condominiums of Greenbrier Village.
- Michael Griffin, a Minneapolis police officer, was charged on May 20, 2015, with assaulting at least four people while off-duty and after first identifying himself as a police officer, in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution which protects against the unreasonable use of physical force by law enforcement officers. Griffin was also charged with lying on official police reports, in civil depositions and at trial.
- Section 8 Settlement On September 16, 2015, the United States reached a settlement agreement with a Twin Cities landlord to resolve an alleged violation of the False Claims Act by charging Section 8 tenants illegal side payments.
Updated September 22, 2015