Barring Constitutional Claims, Ramapo Yeshiva’s Lawsuit Dismissed

Chofetz Chaim Lawsuit Dismissed:

A United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 15-1192-cv(L), Bernstein v. Vilage of Wesley Hills dismissed the appeal from the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Karas, J.) “granting summary judgment dismissing their discrimination complaint against the villages and current and former officials for those villages.”

Should Chofetz Chaim want to appeal, there would need to be a constitutional issue and it would need to be appealed by the Supreme Court.

LostMessiah has reposted a portion of the article from March 24, 2016

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Mosdos Chofetz Chaim can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but would need to claim a constitutional issue.

A Ramapo yeshiva that had accused several villages of anti-Hasidic bias never provided any evidence to support its accusations, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in dismissing its civil rights lawsuit.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upheld a decision by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas last March to throw out the lawsuit filed by Modos Chofetz Chaim.

The latest decision will likely end the yeshiva’s long legal fight against Pomona, Chestnut Ridge, Wesley Hills and Montebello and their officials, according to attorney Greg Saracino, representing Pomona.

“I don’t expect the yeshiva to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, as there are no novel constitutional issues at play,” Saracino said Wednesday. “It’s a clean ruling with no dissent. Simply, the plaintiffs failed to come forward with any evidence of discrimination from the villages. The case was entirely based on innuendo and opinion.”

The yeshiva accused the communities of incorporating as villages to curtail the expansion of Hasidic neighborhoods through restrictive zoning. It also claimed the villages tried to hide behind environmental laws in an attempt to block the construction of housing and a study center on Grandview Avenue — a use allowed under the town of Ramapo’s adult student housing zone.

Rabbi Aryeh Zaks, his family and other Chofetz Chaim officials claimed in their lawsuit that the villages conspired to deprive the yeshiva of its civil, religious and equal protection clause rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Fair Housing Act.

Chofetz Chaim sought $100 million in damages.

The yeshiva and Ramapo have also battled the same villages in state court since 2004 over accusations of zoning and fire violations at the development.

In the federal case, the appeals court upheld Karas’ 76-page decision, in which he ruled the rabbis “have offered nothing more than conclusory, unsubstantiated assertions” of civil rights violations.

Yeshiva officials could not be reached for comment.

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