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Court Enters Judgment and Adds to Major Attorney Fee Award in RLUIPA Case Against Borough of Litchfield, CT

  • April 2, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

On March 31, 2020, the United States District Court of Connecticut issued a ruling which added nearly $100,000 in attorneys’ fees, costs and interest to an existing fee award of over $700,000 against the Borough of Litchfield, CT. By way of background, Dalton & Tomich […]

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How Religious Groups May Use Their Facilities to Help the Homeless During the Pandemic

  • March 25, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

An increasing number of state and local governments are issuing “shelter-in-place” or “stay-at-home” orders. But what does that mean for those who have no shelter or home in which to stay? The homeless so often depend on shelters that are already at capacity, making social […]

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Interesting Land Use Provisions of the Illinois Religious Corporation Act

  • February 21, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

In Illinois, there is a very old and little-known law called the Religious Corporation Act of 1872 (805 ILCS 110 et seq.). The Act is still on the books and affords religious congregations an alternative way of incorporating. If a congregation does not want to […]

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Quick RLUIPA Win in New York: Consent Decree Frees Mount Zion Ministries Church to Locate in Whitestown

  • February 10, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

The only thing better than a win is a quick win. Case in point, just over a week after we filed suit on behalf of Mount Zion Ministries Church (also operating as Redeemer Church), we were able to obtain an order protecting the church’s right […]

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How a Pending Supreme Court Case and the Growing School Choice Movement Could Lead to More Religious Land Use Cases

  • January 30, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

This week is National School Choice Week. And coincidentally, just last week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a key school choice case with significant religious liberty concerns. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, involves a scholarship program that provides […]

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When Should We Get a Religious Land Use Lawyer Involved?

  • December 11, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other religious institutions can often resolve religious land use and zoning matters without having to file a lawsuit or set foot in a courtroom. This is especially true when a religious land use and zoning attorney is involved early on. […]

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Why We Fight for Religious Liberty

  • December 10, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

I just read attorney Luke Goodrich’s excellent new book entitled Free to Believe:  The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America. Because we have the privilege at Dalton & Tomich of being on the front lines of that battle, I read the book with great interest. […]

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What Types of Religious Organizations Does RLUIPA Protect?

  • December 9, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Attorney Noel Sterett has had the privilege of helping all types of religious organizations across the country with their zoning and land use matters. In that time, he has discovered that many houses of worship and other religious entities are not aware of the rights […]

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How Do We Handle Public Relations in the Case of a Lawsuit?

  • December 6, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Attorney Noel Sterett believes it is important for parties involved in a lawsuit to understand and consider how to handle public relations during the case. In this video, Noel shares some of the recommendations he often relays to his own clients, many of which have […]

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Homeless Shelters Facing Shutdowns May Have Rights Under Federal Religious Land Use Law

  • November 18, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Winter is here and with it another round of headlines which read “City Shuts Down Homeless Shelter.” Every year, these stories pop up all across the country. Their facts are often the same. But the ending to many of these stories can change if more […]

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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.