The city of Bayonne v. Bayonne Muslims

Patterson Belknap Secures Settlement on Behalf of Bayonne Muslim

The city of Bayonne, New Jersey has reached a $400,000 settlement with Bayonne Muslims, and has agreed to revisit the organization’s application to build its mosque.

Bayonne Muslims purchased property for the mosque and applied for zoning consideration in 2015. However, the organization’s plan for the mosque was met by strong resistance from a segment of the community that opposed building the mosque. In March 2017, the city zoning board ultimately denied the group’s application to build the mosque. In May 2017, Bayonne Muslims filed a federal lawsuit asserting that the zoning board violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by denying approval for the plan based on factors board members were not legally permitted to consider. Less than one week later, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a separate investigation into the city zoning board’s denial of the mosque.

By settling with Bayonne Muslims, the city of Bayonne will avoid what could have been a lengthy legal battle.

Patterson Belknap advised with a team including by Adeel Mangi (Picure) and Muhammad Faridi.

Involved fees earner: Adeel Mangi – Patterson Belknap; Muhammad Faridi – Patterson Belknap; Matthew Funk – Patterson Belknap; Peter Shakro – Patterson Belknap;

Law Firms: Patterson Belknap;

Clients: Bayonne Muslims;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti