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Oregon v. City of Rajneeshpuram
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
598 F. Supp. 1208 (1984)
The City of Rajneeshpuram (city) (defendant) was incorporated on May 26, 1982, in Wasco County, Oregon. The city was located on three parcels of land connected by a county road called Rancho Rajneesh. The land was owned by the Rajneesh Investment Corporation (RIC) (defendant), a for-profit corporation owned by the Rajneesh Foundation International (RFI) (defendant). The RFI was a nonprofit established to advance the teachings of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The primary purpose for establishing the city was to provide a spiritual mecca to advance Rajneeshism. The Rajneesh Neo-Sannyas International Commune (commune) held a long-term leasehold on Rancho Rajneesh and accepted applications for admittance. Oregon (plaintiff) sought a declaratory judgment that the state was not required to recognize the city because to do so would violate the religion clauses of the state constitution and United States Constitution. The city, the RIC, and the RFI moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Frye, J.)
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