Federal Judge overturns decision in North Idaho Christmas lights dispute

Federal Judge overturns decision in North Idaho Christmas lights dispute

A federal Judge overturned a decision in favor of Jeremy Morris on Thursday, a Hayden homeowner who set up a massive Christmas display at his home.

Morris had previously sued the West Hayden First Addition Homeowners Association; the homeowners association sued Morris in return.

The jury awarded Morris and his wife $60,000 in nominal damages and $15,000 in punitive damages.

Morris said the homeowners association violated his religious rights in trying to prohibit him from holding the Christmas program at his home.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill overturned this decision on Thursday, ruling in favor of the homeowners association on each of the plaintiff’s Fair Housing Act claims and on the Homeowner’s Association’s counterclaim.

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