Court Rejects Louisiana Residents’ Rights Claims To Spur Zoning Changes

November 21, 2023
A federal district court is dismissing a novel lawsuit brought on behalf of Black Louisiana residents who had cited a post-Civil War-era civil rights law in a bid to constrain a local government’s zoning authority they say directs polluting industrial facilities to locate in their neighborhoods -- an issue that regulators say they lack authority to address. In a Nov. 16 decision , the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed the case, Inclusive Louisiana, et al....

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