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PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Lawyers representing a group of people who accuse Jesuit priests of sexual abuse filed 37 lawsuits Thursday in bankruptcy court, asking for about $3 million. The lawsuits claim that the Roman Catholic order paid money to various entities before declaring bankruptcy two years ago, and that that money should actually be part […] Read More

(RNS) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by gun rights advocates who claimed a Georgia law prohibiting weapons in a house of worship was unconstitutional. GeorgiaCarry.org, an organization that supports gun owners’ rights, and two of its members filed suit against state officials saying the law placed an undue burden on them. “The law […] Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A man who secured a $900,000 settlement for alleged abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest has yet to see a penny more than seven years after the church paid out the money. In a lawsuit filed this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the man alleges that attorneys who represented […] Read More

(RNS) The federal government has filed suit against an Illinois school district for not allowing a Muslim teacher to make the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, and the ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a Georgia woman who was thrown in jail after refusing to remove her headscarf. U.S. officials on Monday (Dec. 13) sued […] Read More

(RNS) Nearly two years after negotiations abruptly ended over where a Greek Orthodox church destroyed on 9/11 may rebuild, legal action has begun against several agencies and officials involved in the Ground Zero land dispute. Until talks broke off in early 2008, leaders from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Ground Zero developers had reached […] Read More

(RNS) A disgruntled investor has sued Bible.com, saying the website’s name alone should make it a “goldmine”—or at least more profitable than it is. James Solakian filed suit against Bible.com Inc in Delaware Chancery Court, according to the Reuters news agency. He says the website should be worth as least as much as Dictionary.com, Reference.com […] Read More

(RNS) The American Civil Liberties Union has filed two federal lawsuits in the Carolinas, alleging religious discrimination over a teenager’s nose ring and prisoners’ lack of books other than the Bible.  In South Carolina, the Berkeley County Detention Center in Moncks Corner barred a prison law journal and all other magazines, newspapers and books from […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal judge has dismissed a suit arguing that engravings of “In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center here are unconstitutional. The suit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation was dismissed Wednesday (Sept. 29) by U.S. District Court Judge William Conley of Madison, Wis., due […] Read More

UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A lawsuit filed by Union City charges that Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the controversial proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero, has failed to address complaints about moldy bathrooms and fire hazards in two apartment buildings he owns. The suit, filed Monday (Sept.13), identifies Rauf as the sole officer of […] Read More

BAY CITY, Mich. (RNS) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Midland man and three Michigan ministers challenged the constitutionality of a federal hate-crimes law enacted last October. The suit against U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was filed in February by Gary Glenn, a Midland resident and president of the […] Read More