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Churches and other religious institutions are protected from discrimination by municipalities and other local government bodies by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, better known as RLUIPA. This blog by the national leaders in religious land use and zoning law highlights RLUIPA case studies and includes commentary on related news for church leaders and others throughout the country, as well as explanations of components of the RLUIPA law.

The Ownership of Church Property

Denominational Trust Clauses and Civil Litigation Within the past decade, there has been a surge of litigation concerning the ownership of property as it relates to a local church. Local congregations are faced with the unfortunate choice of leaving a denomination and dispensing with the […]

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Attorneys for Land Use Website Examines Religious Land Use Law

  • May 16, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Dalton & Tomich, PLC launches new site as legal resource addressing land use and zoning for religious and legal communities Contact: Don Tanner or Maggie Sisco, 248-626-0006 DETROIT, May 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Dalton & Tomich PLC, today unveiled a new website which examines […]

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Church of our Savior vs. Jacksonville Beach, Florida – our latest Religious Land Use case

  • February 18, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 we will be arguing a Motion for Preliminary Injunction and opposing a Motion to Dismiss in a landmark religious land use case in the United States District Court, Middle District, Jacksonville, Florida. The Church of Our Savior, located in Jacksonville […]

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Southern District of Florida Approves Kosher Diet for Jewish Prisoners

  • January 8, 2014
  • by Admin
  • Category: RLUIPA

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (“RLUIPA”) is comprised of two distinct areas of law: one that focuses on land use disputes facing religious institutions, and the other that focuses on interferences with the religious rights of incarcerated individuals. While Dalton […]

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SCOTUS Declines to Hear RLUIPA Appeal; RLUIPA Helps New Jersey Hare Krishna Group

  • November 25, 2013
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  • Category: RLUIPA

It has been a busy couple of weeks around the nation for religious organizations, as there have been a number of land use cases under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) making their way through the courts and local zoning boards. Three […]

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Dalton & Tomich Secures Settlement for Mississippi Christian-Based Recovery Facility

Dalton & Tomich attorneys have helped secure a legal settlement that allows their client, a non-profit recovery center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to provide long-term housing for single mothers recovering from addiction. Lighthouse Rescue Mission provides housing, treatment, and Christian-based religious services to single mothers who […]

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Seventh Circuit: No RLUIPA Violation for Rejecting Bible Camp’s Zoning Requests

A recent decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that a Wisconsin town did not violate RLUIPA when it refused to allow a year-round Bible camp to operate in a single-family residential area. In Eagle Cove Camp & Conference Center, Inc. v. Town […]

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First Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Need for RLUIPA Plaintiffs to Exhaust Administrative Remedies

A recent decision from the First Circuit Court of Appeals showed how important it is for religious organizations claiming a government has violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) to exhaust their administrative remedies before heading to court. In Roman Catholic Bishop […]

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Explaining the litigation process – what to expect when filing a land use lawsuit in Federal Court

Getting involved in a lawsuit is a time consuming, frustrating and often confusing process. The court system is not viewed as being “user friendly,” and the terminology, forms and what seem to be “picky” rules are often viewed as traps rather than a means of […]

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Immunity issues with RLUIPA and other Federal Constitutional claims

A recent decision in Muslim Community Association v. Pittsfield, Township, Case No. 12-10893 (May 22, 2013) (US DC ED SD Mich) (Duggan, J.) addresses the interesting issue of absolute legislative and qualified immunity of elected officials in the context of religious land use case. By […]

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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.