Christmas Lawyer Jeremy Morris eyes Supreme Court review in battle with HOA over holiday light show

The battle between a man who orchestrated massive Christmas extravaganzas and his former homeowners association could be appealed to the Supreme Court after a lower court issued its long-awaited ruling.“It was made clear that a jury could find … that there was a hostile atmosphere created, that our family was discriminated against,” Jeremy Morris told Fox News Digital of the ruling.Morris, an attorney, became popularly referred to as the “Christmas Lawyer” after gaining international notoriety for throwing a five-day holiday light show that drew thousands of revelers to his former home just outside of Hayden, Idaho.In 2017, a jury unanimously agreed that his HOA discriminated against him on the basis of religion by trying to stop his Christmas show.But in a stunning twist, a federal judge reversed that verdict and ordered Morris to pay the HOA more than $111,000 in legal fees.Morris challenged the ruling in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard arguments in June 2020.Four years later, a three-judge panel ruled in the HOA’s favor in part and in Morris’ favor in part, teeing the case up for a new jury trial.But Morris said he is “absolutely” considering appealing to the Supreme Court first.Morris made an offer on his house just after throwing his inaugural light show at his previous home over Christmas 2014.He informed the West Hayden Estates homeowners association that he planned to repeat the event and the HOA immediately tried to squash the Christmas display, arguing it would likely violate three sections of the community’s covenants, conditions and restrictions.The event would be too big, too noisy and too bright, the board wrote in a letter sent to Morris in January 2015.Crucially, the letter also pondered whether “non-Christians” would be bothered by the display and expressed concerns that the show would draw “possible undesirables” to the neighborhood.Morris wrote back, arguing that there was nothing applicable to his even...

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