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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.

Appellate Lawyers Association’s Annual 7th Circuit Roundtable Luncheon a Success

  • May 30, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

Yesterday, summer associate Thomas Philbrick and I were honored to attend the Appellate Lawyers Association’s Annual Roundtable Luncheon with the Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The event took place at the Union League Club in Chicago on May […]

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Federal Court Rules Hope Lutheran Church’s RLUIPA Equal Terms Claim May Proceed

This week, United States District Court Judge Paul Maloney upheld Hope Lutheran Church’s Equal Terms claim under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the City of St. Ignace. The decision is an important win for the Church in its case to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear RLUIPA Equal-Terms Case

The United States Supreme Court recently had the opportunity to address several important questions regarding the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) in Tree of Life Christian Schools v. Upper Arlington, Ohio. However, today the Court unfortunately declined to hear the case. This […]

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Dalton & Tomich, PLC expands church land use and zoning practice with addition of attorney Alexander Reuter

  • May 6, 2019
  • by Admin
  • Category: RLUIPA

Litigation specialist Alexander Reuter joins team that has successfully represented congregations across the country in cases under Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) Alexander Reuter DETROIT (May 6, 2019) – Dalton & Tomich, PLC today announced attorney Alexander Reuter has joined the firm’s […]

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Attorney Larry Opalewski Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Third Year in a Row

We are pleased to announce that attorney Larry Opalewski has been selected as a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in the area of general litigation. This honor signifies excellence in the practice of law and is awarded to no more than 2.5% of […]

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Federal Court Says Stop Work Orders and Other Non-Zoning Processes Are Land Use Regulations Subject to RLUIPA

  • April 25, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

As its name suggests, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. 2000cc et seq., governs how religious land uses may be regulated. Therefore, a threshold question for every type of claim under RLUIPA is whether a land use regulation is even […]

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Is the Supreme Court Preparing to Reconsider Key Case Which Led to Enactment of RLUIPA?

  • April 15, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

The United States Supreme Court may be poised to reconsider or even overrule one of its landmark free exercise cases–Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990). A more recent case out of Oregon, Klein v. Oregon Bureau of […]

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Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest Supporting Hope Lutheran Church

  • March 19, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

This morning the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in support of Dalton & Tomich client Hope Lutheran Church in its religious land use case against St. Ignace, Michigan. The Department of Justice files statements of interest when it determines that a case […]

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Seventh Circuit Upholds Clergy Housing Allowance As Constitutional

  • March 15, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision upholding the constitutionality of the clergy housing allowance. Rather than wait until to see if the Supreme Court would clarify its currently jumbled Establishment Clause jurisprudence (as we recently speculated they might), the Seventh Circuit ruled […]

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Noel Sterett Comments on Status of Case Challenging Clergy Housing Allowance

  • March 12, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

Recently, Church Law & Tax, a publication which helps church leaders stay up-to-date on legal and tax matters, asked Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett to comment on the status of the case challenging the constitutionality of the clergy housing allowance. In an article which can […]

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