RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS, INC. et al v. TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH et al

The Ramapough Lenape Indian tribe has taken its fight against Mahwah Township and a group of homeowners — over a 14-acre tribal prayer ground — to federal court.

The tribe filed a lawsuit late Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark to stop $12,500 per day in fines from being lodged by the township. The tribe claims the hefty fines are discriminatory land use enforcement for the Split Rock Sweetwater prayer ground on Halifax Road in Mahwah.

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U.S. District Court
District of New Jersey [LIVE] (Newark)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:18-cv-09228-CCC-JBC

RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS, INC. et al v. TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH et al
Assigned to: Judge Claire C. Cecchi
Referred to: Magistrate Judge James B. Clark
Cause: 28:1331 Federal Question: Other Civil Rights
Date Filed: 05/14/2018
Jury Demand: Plaintiff
Nature of Suit: 440 Civil Rights: Other
Jurisdiction: Federal Question
Mediator
SHERYL M. GOSKI represented by SHERYL MINTZ GOSKI 
Law Offices of Sheryl Mintz Goski PA
P. O. Box 479
30 Columbia Turnpike
Florham Park, NJ 07932
908 334 8552
Fax: 973 6291234
Email: sgoski@goskilaw.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Plaintiff
RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS, INC. represented by BAHER AZMY 
CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
666 BROADWAY
7TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10012
212-614-6464
Email: bazmy@ccrjustice.org
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICEDDIANE P. SULLIVAN 
WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP
17 HULFISH ST.
STE 201
PRINCETON, NJ 08542
609-986-1120
Fax: 609-986-1199
Email: diane.sullivan@weil.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICEDVALERIA A. GHEORGHIU 
SOUTH JERSEY LEGAL SERVICES
390 NORTH BROADWAY
SUITE 1300
CONCORDE PROF. BUILDING
PENNSVILLE, NJ 08070
914-772-7194
Email: valerialexiag@gmail.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Plaintiff
RAMAPOUGH LANAPE NATION represented by BAHER AZMY 
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICEDDIANE P. SULLIVAN 
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICEDVALERIA A. GHEORGHIU 
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
V.
Defendant
TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH represented by RUBY KUMAR-THOMPSON 
Cleary, Giocobbe, Alfieri, & Jacobs, LLC
169 Ramapo Valley Road
Upper Level 105
Oakland, NJ 07436
973-845-6700
Fax: 201-644-7601
Email: rkumarthompson@cgajlaw.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Defendant
RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC. represented by ARTHUR N. CHAGARIS 
BEATTIE PADOVANO, LLC
50 CHESTNUT RIDGE ROAD
PO BOX 244
MONTVALE, NJ 07645-0244
(201) 573-1810
Email: achagaris@beattielaw.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICEDMARTIN RICHARD KAFAFIAN 
BEATTIE PADOVANO LLC
50 CHESTNUT RIDGE ROAD
SUITE 208
MONTVALE, NJ 07645
201-799-2102
Email: mrk@beattielaw.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Defendant
GERALDINE ENTRUP represented by RUBY KUMAR-THOMPSON 
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Defendant
THOMAS MULVEY represented by RUBY KUMAR-THOMPSON 
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Defendant
JOHN AND JANE DOES 1 THROUGH 14
Defendant
JOHN DOE ENTITIES 1 AND 2
Date Filed # Docket Text
05/14/2018 1 COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing and Admin fee $ 400 receipt number 0312-8738910) with JURY DEMAND, filed by Ramapough Mountain Indians, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 05/14/2018)
05/14/2018 2 Corporate Disclosure Statement by Ramapough Mountain Indians, Inc.. (GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 05/14/2018)
05/14/2018 3 Request for Summons to be Issued by Ramapough Mountain Indians, Inc. as to TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH. (GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
05/14/2018 Case Assigned to Judge Claire C. Cecchi and Magistrate Judge James B. Clark. (ak, ) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
05/15/2018 4 Request for Summons to be Issued by Ramapough Mountain Indians, Inc. as to Thomas Mulvey. (GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
05/15/2018 5 Request for Summons to be Issued by Ramapough Mountain Indians, Inc. as to Geraldine Entrup. (GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
05/15/2018 6 Request for Summons to be Issued by Ramapough Mountain Indians, Inc. as to RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC.. (GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
05/15/2018 7 First MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Ramapough Mountain Indians, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Declaration, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
05/15/2018 8 SUMMONS ISSUED as to Geraldine Entrup, Thomas Mulvey, RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC., TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH Attached is the official court Summons, please fill out Defendant and Plaintiffs attorney information and serve. Issued By *Brian Y. Lawrence* (byl) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
05/15/2018 CLERK’S QUALITY CONTROL MESSAGE – The case you electronically filed has been processed, however, the following deficiencies were found: Party Information – Parties are to be entered in all CAPITAL letters. The Clerk’s Office has made the appropriate changes. Please refer to the Attorney Case Opening Guide for processing electronically filed cases. (jr) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
05/17/2018 9 Application for Refund of Fees from Law Office of Valeria A. Gheorghiu (finance notified).. (GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 05/17/2018)
05/24/2018 10 Order to Refund Fees (Finance notified). Signed by Chief Deputy Theresa L Burnett on 5/23/18. (rm, ) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
05/30/2018 11 Application and Proposed Order for Clerk’s Order to extend time to answer as to Township of Mahwah, Geraldine Entrup, and Thomas Mulvey. Attorney RUBY KUMAR-THOMPSON for GERALDINE ENTRUP,RUBY KUMAR-THOMPSON for THOMAS MULVEY,RUBY KUMAR-THOMPSON for TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH added. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service)(KUMAR-THOMPSON, RUBY) (Entered: 05/30/2018)
05/30/2018 Clerk`s Text Order – The document 11 Application for Clerk’s Order to Ext Answer/Proposed Order, submitted by THOMAS MULVEY, TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH, GERALDINE ENTRUP has been GRANTED. The answer due date has been set for 6/20/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 05/30/2018)
06/07/2018 12 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by All Plaintiffs. (Attachments: # 1 Brief, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Exhibit, # 8 Exhibit, # 9 Exhibit, # 10 Exhibit, # 11 Exhibit, # 12 Exhibit, # 13 Text of Proposed Order)(GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 06/07/2018)
06/08/2018 Set Deadlines as to 12 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order . Motion set for 7/2/2018 before Judge Claire C. Cecchi. Unless otherwise directed by the Court, this motion will be decided on the papers and no appearances are required. Note that this is an automatically generated message from the Clerk`s Office and does not supersede any previous or subsequent orders from the Court. (JB, ) (Entered: 06/08/2018)
06/08/2018 13 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by All Plaintiffs of Summons and Complaint (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service, # 2 Certificate of Service, # 3 Certificate of Service)(GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 06/08/2018)
06/11/2018 14 Rule 7.1(d)(5) Letter for an automatic extension of the return date of a dispositive motion filed by GERALDINE ENTRUP, THOMAS MULVEY, TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH re 12 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order (KUMAR-THOMPSON, RUBY) (Entered: 06/11/2018)
06/11/2018 15 ORDER denying 12 Motion for Temporary Restraining Order. Signed by Judge Claire C. Cecchi on 6/11/2018. (gl, ) (Entered: 06/11/2018)
06/11/2018 16 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer by RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC.. (CHAGARIS, ARTHUR) (Entered: 06/11/2018)
06/12/2018 Clerk`s Text Order – The document 16 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer filed by RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC. submitted by RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC. has been GRANTED. The answer due date has been set for 6/18/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 06/12/2018)
06/12/2018 17 Certification on behalf of RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC.. (CHAGARIS, ARTHUR) (Entered: 06/12/2018)
06/15/2018 18 Letter from Valeria A. Gheorghiu. (GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 06/15/2018)
06/15/2018 19 STIPULATION re 1 Complaint for extension of time to respond until July 18, 2018 as to all Defendants by GERALDINE ENTRUP, THOMAS MULVEY, TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service)(KUMAR-THOMPSON, RUBY) (Entered: 06/15/2018)
06/18/2018 20 Letter from Plaintiffs. (GHEORGHIU, VALERIA) (Entered: 06/18/2018)
06/18/2018 21 STIPULATION AND ORDER, that Defendants, The Township of Mahwah, Geraldine Entrup, Thomas Mulvey, and Ramapo Hunt & Polo Club may answer, move, or otherwise reply with respect to the Complaint shall be extended until 7/18/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge James B. Clark on 6/18/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 06/18/2018)
06/18/2018 Answer Due Deadline Update – The document 21 Stipulation and Order, submitted by THOMAS MULVEY, TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH, RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC., GERALDINE ENTRUP has been GRANTED. The answer due date has been set for 7/18/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 06/18/2018)
06/18/2018 22 ORDER Granting 7 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Jonathan Wallace, etc. Signed by Magistrate Judge James B. Clark on 6/18/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 06/18/2018)
06/20/2018 23 ORDER, Granting letter from Valerie A. Gheorghiu, requesting setting defendants motion to dismiss briefing schedule, etc. Signed by Judge Claire C. Cecchi on 6/19/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 24 ORDER, that this civil action be and hereby is referred to mediation, Counsel and the parties shall participate in mediation and shall cooperate with the Mediator SHERYL M. GOSKI. 30 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ 07932 appointed.. Signed by Judge Claire C. Cecchi on 6/19/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 25 Letter from Ruby Kumar-Thomspon, Esq. re 23 Order. (KUMAR-THOMPSON, RUBY) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 26 LETTER ORDER Granting 25 Letter from Ruby Kumar-Thomspon, Esq. re: 23 Order,. Signed by Judge Claire C. Cecchi on 6/20/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
07/06/2018 27 NOTICE of Appearance by MARTIN RICHARD KAFAFIAN on behalf of RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC. (KAFAFIAN, MARTIN) (Entered: 07/06/2018)
07/18/2018 28 MOTION to Dismiss by RAMAPO HUNT AND POLO CLUB ASSOCIATION, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Brief, # 2 Declaration Arthur N. Chagaris, Esq., # 3 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. A, # 4 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. B, # 5 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. C, # 6Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. D, # 7 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. E, # 8 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. F, # 9 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. G, # 10 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. H, # 11 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. I, # 12 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. J, # 13 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. K, # 14 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. L, # 15 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. M, # 16 Exhibit Chagaris Decl. Ex. N, # 17 Declaration John J. Lamb, Esq., # 18 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. A, # 19 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. B, # 20 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. C, # 21 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. D, # 22 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. E, # 23 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. F, # 24 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. G, # 25 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. H, # 26 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. I, # 27 Exhibit Lamb Decl. Ex. J, # 28 Text of Proposed Order, # 29 Certification Cover Letter)(KAFAFIAN, MARTIN) (Entered: 07/18/2018)
07/18/2018 29 First MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and Failure to State a Claim by GERALDINE ENTRUP, THOMAS MULVEY, TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH. Responses due by 8/17/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service for motion to dismiss, # 2 Text of Proposed Order dismissing Complaint, # 3 Brief in support of motion to dismiss, # 4 Exhibit A through E, # 5 Exhibit F through M, # 6 Exhibit N through O, # 7 Exhibit P through S)(KUMAR-THOMPSON, RUBY) (Entered: 07/18/2018)
07/23/2018 30 LETTER ORDER: Initial Conference set for 9/24/2018 at 10:00 AM in Newark – Courtroom 2A before Magistrate Judge James B. Clark. Signed by Magistrate Judge James B. Clark on 7/23/2018. (seb) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
08/06/2018 31 NOTICE of Appearance by BAHER AZMY on behalf of RAMAPOUGH LANAPE NATION, RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS, INC. (AZMY, BAHER) (Entered: 08/06/2018)
08/06/2018 32 First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Opp to MTD or to Amend Cplt by All Plaintiffs. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(AZMY, BAHER) (Entered: 08/06/2018)
08/06/2018 33 NOTICE of Appearance by DIANE P. SULLIVAN on behalf of RAMAPOUGH LANAPE NATION, RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS, INC. (SULLIVAN, DIANE) (Entered: 08/06/2018)
08/06/2018 34 MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Kevin J. Arquit by RAMAPOUGH LANAPE NATION, RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Application and Certification in Support of Pro Hac Vice Admission of Kevin J. Arquit, # 2 Certified Statement of Kevin J. Arquit, # 3 Certificate of Service, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(SULLIVAN, DIANE) (Entered: 08/06/2018)
08/07/2018 35 ORDER granting 34 MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Kevin J. Arquit by RAMAPOUGH LANAPE NATION, RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS, INC., etc. Signed by Magistrate Judge James B. Clark on 8/7/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
08/07/2018 36  Letter from Arthur N. Chagaris, Esq.. (CHAGARIS, ARTHUR) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
08/07/2018 37 Letter from Ruby Kumar-Thomspon, Esq. re 32 First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Opp to MTD or to Amend Cplt. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-F)(KUMAR-THOMPSON, RUBY) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
08/08/2018 38 ORDER Granting 37 Letter from Ruby Kumar-Thomspon, Esq. re 32 First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Opp to MTD or to Amend Complaint. Signed by Judge Claire C. Cecchi on 8/8/2018. (JB, ) (Entered: 08/09/2018)
08/24/2018 39 Notice of Request by Pro Hac Vice Kevin J. Arquit to receive Notices of Electronic Filings. ( Pro Hac Vice fee $ 150 receipt number 0312-8978608.) (SULLIVAN, DIANE) (Entered: 08/24/2018)
08/26/2018 Pro Hac Vice counsel, KEVIN J. ARQUIT, has been added to receive Notices of Electronic Filing. Pursuant to L.Civ.R. 101.1, only local counsel are entitled to sign and file papers, enter appearances and receive payments on judgments, decrees or orders. (JB, ) (Entered: 08/26/2018)

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