Archive for the ‘Cases’ Category

Congregation Jeshuat Israel v. Congregation Shearith Israel

November 18, 2016

Current Court: First Circuit Court of Appeals Status: Pending at the First Circuit Becket Role: Amicus Related Issues: Religious Communities; Church Property Protecting ancient Jewish artifacts Centuries ago, the famous Jewish silversmith Myer Myers crafted sacred rimonim, finials that ornament the Torah scroll in a Jewish synagogue. Today the fate of those ancient religious artifacts Read More

Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers

November 15, 2016

Current Court: Washington Supreme Court  Status: Awaiting oral argument  Becket Role: Amicus   Related Issues: Individual Freedom    For nearly forty years, 71-year-old Barronelle Stutzman has created custom floral arrangements to celebrate her customers’ life events.  For nine years Barronelle gladly served Rob Ingersoll, designing custom arrangements for Valentine’s Day and other holidays that he celebrated with his partner Curt Freed. Read More

Sisters of Mercy v Burwell

November 4, 2016

Current Court: District Court for the District of North Dakota   Becket Role: Counsel   Related Issues: Individual Freedom, HHS Transgender Mandate  A new regulation issued by Health and Human Services (HHS) would force doctors to perform gender transition procedures on children, even if the doctor believes the procedure could harm the child. Any doctor Read More

Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell

November 3, 2016

Current Court: District Court for the Northern District of Texas  Becket Role: Counsel Related Issues: Individual Freedom, HHS Transgender Mandate  A new regulation issued by the Health and Human Services (HHS) would force doctors to perform gender transition porcedures on any child referred by a mental professional, even if the doctor believes the treatment or Read More

Society of American Bosnians & Herzegovinians v. City of Des Plaines

September 27, 2016

Current Court: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Status:  Motion for Summary Judgment Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: RLUIPA, Religious Communities The Society of American Bosnians and Herzegovinians is a small Muslim community in a Chicago suburb with approximately 160 members that observes a Sufi approach to Islam. For years, the Society attempted Read More

Church Pension Plan Litigation

September 2, 2016

Kaplan v. St. Peter’s Healthcare Rollins v. Dignity Healthcare Medina v. Catholic Health Initiatives Advocate Healthcare System v. Stapleton Overall v. Ascension Healthcare Current Court: U.S. Supreme Court (Kaplan v. St. Peter’s Healthcare, No. 16-86 and Advocate Healthcare System v. Stapleton, No. 16-74) and various courts of appeals Status: Pending certiorari in U.S. Supreme Court Read More

Abeles v. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA)

June 8, 2016

Current Court: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Status: On appeal Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: Individual Freedom Like millions of Jews worldwide, Susan Abeles celebrates the religious festival of Passover, considered one of the most important holidays in Judaism. For 26 years as an employee of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) Susan would take four days Read More

Dermody v. PCUSA

Current Court: Kentucky Court of Appeals Status: Pending Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: Religious Communities; Ministerial Exception Churches must have the right to be transparent and accountable when it comes to finances. Yet a Kentucky lawsuit, brought by a disgruntled minister who failed a church financial audit, is threatening the right of churches to Read More

Neely v. Wyoming Ethics

May 10, 2016

Current Court: Wyoming Supreme Court Status: Awaiting oral argument Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: Individual Freedom, Freedom of Speech The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is threatening to strip a small town judge of her judicial duties and impose up to $40,000 in fines simply because of her religious beliefs about marriage. Read More

Islamic Society of Basking Ridge v. Township of Bernard

May 9, 2016

Current Court: United States Court for the District of New Jersey Status: Ongoing Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: RLUIPA, religious communities A suburban New Jersey town denied a small Muslim congregation the right to build a new mosque where it could meet to worship. So the congregation went to court. A small mosque with Read More

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