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So What is a “Substantial Burden” Within RLUIPA?

  • February 2, 2011
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The term “substantial burden” in RLUIPA has confused and divided lower courts since it first appeared in the Act

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RLUIPA and the “Effective Exclusions” of Religious Uses through Zoning

  • January 31, 2011
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

One recent trend in religious land use issues that we have found is when a community effectively excludes a religious use through zoning. The typical scenario occurs when a community permits zoning in a district knowing that there is no land available to build a […]

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Understanding RLUIPA

  • January 24, 2011
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

RLUIPA, passed by a unanimous Congress in 2000 and signed into law by President Clinton, was proposed and enacted by Congress in response to actions taken by local government to exclude houses of worship within communities.

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A RLUIPA Win!

  • December 14, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As noted in the Alliance Defense Blog, in Hazel Park, Michigan, city authorities have been doing their red-tape best to gerrymander a local congregation, Salvation Temple Church, out of the district. Happily, a federal judge is making it her business to introduce the town fathers […]

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New RLUIPA Suit Filed; Salvation Temple Church v. City of Hazel Park

  • October 28, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Salvation Temple Church, is a Christian Church that entered into a purchase agreement for the purchase of property known as 25000 N. Chrysler Dr., Hazel Park, Michigan. The property, vacant since 2002 and last used as a banquet facility,

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United States Supreme Court Considers RLUIPA Damages Case

  • October 24, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In the very near future, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Sossamon v. Texas, (Docket No. 08-1438, cert. granted 5/24/2010)

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Boulder County Appeals Adverse RLUIPA Decision to the United States Supreme Court

  • October 18, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On Friday October 15, 2010, Boulder County filed an application for leave to appeal to the United States Supreme Court of the decision of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, who, affirmed a jury verdict and the entry of a permanent injunction for the Church […]

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RLUIPA at 10 years: Yes, the Law is Needed

  • October 10, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Last week, in conjunction with the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the passage of the RLUIPA, the Department of Justice prepared a timely report on the Tenth Anniversary of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and frequently asked questions with an answer […]

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Conditional Land Use Requirements and RLUIPA

  • October 4, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In Arnold v. Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Bd. Of Adjustment, No. 2008-CA-001850-MR, 2010 WL 668664 (Ky. App. Feb. 26, 2010), plaintiffs appealed the Circuit Court’s opinion and order affirming the determination of the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Board of Adjustment granting a conditional land use permit to the Versailles […]

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Why RLUIPA Matters

  • June 21, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Since January, 2010, I have flown 30256 around the United States helping religious entities in religious land use disputes. And this weekend I was reminded why RLUIPA matters at the Becket Funds’ Annual Dinner for Religious Freedom.

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Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with experience serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.