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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.

Private School Fights City Over Expansion Plans

  • June 5, 2012
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Dalton & Tomich client, Academy of Our Lady of Peace’s litigation against the City of San Diego is highlighted in the San Diego Daily Transcript on June 4, 2012. /wp-content/uploads/attachments/SanDiegoSourceDailyTranscript_OLPTrialArticle_060412_copy.pdf Free School Land Use & Zoning Guide Have you recently purchased a building or land […]

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The Academy of Our Lady of Peace Religious Land Use case is heading to trial October 1

San Diego (May 23, 2012) – The Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California, has set a trial date of October 1, 2012 in the case of Academy of Our Lady of Peace v. City of San […]

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Metro South Church: How a Religious Land Use issue resolved without litigation.

  • April 24, 2012
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

On Sunday April 22, 2012, Metro South Church opened the doors of its new worship facility in Taylor, Michigan for corporate worship for the very first time. The Church secured a vacant building, empty for nearly ten years and formally used as a Sports Authority […]

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Court Allows RLUIPA Equal Terms Claim to Proceed to Trial

  • April 9, 2012
  • by Admin
  • Category: RLUIPA

Last week, the district court for the Western District of Washington in Victory Center v. City of Kelso addressed a RLUIPA challenge to newly passed zoning regulations that prohibited Victory Center from operating an educational and cultural center in an area newly designated for pedestrian […]

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A community defending a Religious Land Use action may not identify and depose donors

  • March 18, 2012
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

May a community defending a RLUIPA action seek to identify and depose donors to a religious organization? In Tree of Life Christian School v. City of Upper Arlington, 2012 U.S. Dist, LEXIS 32205 (03.12.12) the Court answered no based on First Amendment free association concerns. […]

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New RLUIPA Lawsuit Filed in Michigan on Behalf of Islamic Academy

Last month, an Islamic school from Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the Township’s denial of the school’s request for a zoning variance amounted to a violation of RLUIPA and the U.S. Constitution. In October 2011, the Township Board of Trustees unanimously […]

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California Religious Land Use (RLUIPA) case leaves open substantial burden question

  • March 6, 2012
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  • Category: RLUIPA

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently left open an interesting question that many religious land use applicants might be wondering: How much is too much when it comes to the cost of applying for land use permits from local government agencies? In Guatay Christian […]

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Dan Dalton comments in USA Today Op Ed: “End Gender Apartheid in U.S. Mosques”

  • July 11, 2011
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Dan Dalton quoted in USA Today op ed, “End Gender Apartheid in U.S. Mosques,” by Asra Q. Nomani. http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-07-10-muslim-women-mosques_n.htm?csp=34news

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The 5th Circuit establishes an Equal Terms test under RLUIPA

  • June 14, 2011
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Elijah Group v. City of Leon Valley, Texas. This case has a significant impact on religious land use matters within the Fifth Circuit adn throughout the nation. Elijah Group, Inc. (“Church”) sued the City […]

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Supreme Court rules on Damages and RLUIPA

  • April 25, 2011
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

This past week, the United States Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision on RLUIPA and damages in the case of Sossamon v. Texas (08-1438). In a 6-2 decision, the majority determined that the phrase “appropriate relief” did not clearly advise states that damages were […]

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