No. 08-1438.

131 S.Ct. 1651 (2011)

563 U.S. 277

Harvey Leroy SOSSAMON, III, Petitioner, v. TEXAS et al.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 20, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Patricia A. Millett , Thomas C. Goldstein , Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, DC, Pamela S. Harlan , Jeffrey L. Fisher , Stanford, CA, Kevin K. Russell , Amy Howe , Howe & Russell, P.C., Bethesda, MD, for Petitioner.

Greg Abbott , Attorney General of Texas, Daniel T. Hodge , First Assistant Attorney General, David S. Morales , Deputy First Assistant, Attorney General, Bill Cobb , Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation, James C. Ho , Daniel L. Geyser , James P. Sullivan , Austin, Texas, for Respondents.

Justice THOMAS delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case presents the question whether the States, by accepting federal funds, consent to waive their sovereign immunity to suits for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), 114 Stat. 803, 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc et seq. We hold that they do not. Sovereign immunity therefore bars this suit for damages against the State of Texas.




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