* On January 8, we had a pre-trial hearing in Saiyed et al. v. the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In this case, AFLC is representing five plaintiffs who were victims of a CAIR fraud. Just recently, CAIR filed a motion to dismiss the allegation of consumer fraud in a desperate attempt to eliminate the possibility of an award of attorney’s fees for our clients. Insofar as this litigation has been ongoing for 8 years, CAIR recognizes that an attorney fee award, beyond compensatory and punitive damages, could exceed $1 million. Further, central to CAIR’s defense is the claim that whatever wrong it engaged in, it was in an effort to help the victims as a legitimate Muslim civil rights organization. We have countered, on behalf of our clients, that CAIR is not a legitimate civil rights organization, but rather a Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas front group engaged in civilization jihad.
* For two weeks beginning January 9, AFLC both took and defended depositions in the Urth Caffe litigation. In this case, seven young Muslim women are suing Urth Caffe for allegedly discriminating against them for wearing hijabs. The fraudulent claim by these young Muslim women was encouraged by the Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front group, CAIR. Representing Urth Caffe, AFLC filed a counterclaim against the women for trespass, and both cases are proceeding through the discovery stage in preparation for trial beginning on March 5, 2018.
* On January 10, we were in state court in West Bloomfield, Michigan, at a pretrial conference in a case in which we are defending five courageous pro-lifers who were arrested for trespass and interfering with a police officer because they wanted to help the mothers and unborn babies who were in imminent harm at a local abortion center. The criminal trial is scheduled for February 20, 2018. Most of these pro-lifers were previously arrested for similar activity at an abortion center in Sterling Heights, Michigan. We will be defending them at that criminal trial on February 14, 2018.
* On January 22, 2018, we filed our response in support of our motion for summary judgment in the case of our client, Kimberley Thames, a pro-life demonstrator who was unlawfully arrested, searched, and jailed for more than two days based on a bogus and false complaint by a security guard working for Northland Family Planning Center, a local abortion center located in the City of Westland, Michigan. We are arguing that the unlawful arrest violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
* On January 23, 2018, we celebrated our six-year anniversary! We are stronger than ever, thanks to your prayers and support!
* Throughout the month, we were preparing our motion for summary judgment in our lawsuit seeking to stop the construction of a mega-mosque in the middle of a Chaldean Christian neighborhood in the City of Sterling Heights, Michigan. We argue that by doing so, the City and its Mayor violated not only its zoning regulations but also the constitutional rights of our clients, many of whom are Chaldean Christians who view the building of this mosque as an act of aggression against their community, similar to what they experienced in Iraq.
* We continue with court appearances, depositions, and motion practice in many other cases as well.
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