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Lawsuits

May 27, 2020, 12pm PDT
After a series of failures last week sent flood waters spilling into Midland County, Michigan, property owners in the area are filing class action lawsuits to recoup their losses.
Detroit Free Press
May 24, 2020, 5am PDT
Conflicts between church and state are being decided in state and federal courts as governors act to protect their constituents from the coronavirus while religious institutions and their supporters seek exceptions from social gathering restrictions.
The Oregonian
April 20, 2020, 12pm PDT
Some call restrictions at state and county borders necessary to protect the public health of communities. Others call them unconstitutional.
The Washington Post
March 9, 2020, 8am PDT
The portion of Portland's Comprehensive Plan devoted to missing middle housing spurred a lawsuit that held up the plan until January of this year.
City of Portland
March 3, 2020, 5am PST
Landlords and the NAACP agree on the need for property tax reform in New York City, but it took a lawsuit to get the city moving on reform, and the state is still dragging its feet.
The New York Times
February 26, 2020, 12pm PST
The city of Cupertino rezoned a controversial development site in case a judge tosses the developer's current plan for the site. Now the developer is suing, accusing the city of an illegal taking.
The Mercury News
February 24, 2020, 9am PST
A development controversy also now an expanding legal controversy, after a local planning commission rejected a controversial development proposal allowed by zoning.
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2020, 12pm PST
A landmark state lawsuit will be settled if the Huntington Beach City Council approves an amended specific plan that increases housing. The lawsuit was enabled by 2017 legislation strengthening California's 50-year-old housing element law.
Los Angeles Daily News
January 24, 2020, 8am PST
After a San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled that charter cities are exempt from the Housing Accountability Act, aka the anti-NIMBY law, the state stepped in to support the appellant, a YIMBY group that launched a "Sue the Suburbs" campaign.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 16, 2019, 7am PST
The city of Newark is accusing the city of New York of creating the Special One-Time Assistance program to systematical relocate the homeless.
CNN
November 22, 2019, 7am PST
A proposed high-rise would transform the downtown Boston waterfront, and the city's skyline.
The Boston Globe
November 21, 2019, 7am PST
Only a few places have managed to stem the tide of development in areas at risk to the effects (like wildfire and flooding) of climate change. Virginia Beach is an early test bed for what it takes to tell developers "no."
The New York Times
November 15, 2019, 10am PST
The city of Clovis, California, didn't become 70 percent white by accident, according to the plaintiffs for a lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court.
Fresno Bee
October 8, 2019, 10am PDT
What could have been the first new freeway for Los Angeles County in decades might now only mark the end of an era.
Streetsblog LA
October 3, 2019, 10am PDT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to force the state of California to spend highway money on public transit, because of the environment.
Eno Center for Transportation
September 24, 2019, 9am PDT
Planners might have won a battle in city of Plano, but the war isn't over.
Community Impact Newspaper
September 11, 2019, 1pm PDT
The legal challenges to a one-cent sales tax approved by Hillsborough County voters in 2018 continue.
Tampa Bay Times
September 10, 2019, 8am PDT
There's a new front in the city of L.A.'s ongoing conflict between anti-development forces and efforts to add density at and around transit.
Los Angeles Times
August 5, 2019, 11am PDT
A potential precedent setting case against rent control is underway in New York. A Next City article takes an in-depth look at the legal argument made by landlords against the state of New York's new rent control law.
Next City
July 17, 2019, 5am PDT
The landlord lobby isn't accepting defeat.
The New York Times