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Religious freedom alive and well thanks to little known law  

  • October 26, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  Fifteen years after being signed into law, RLUIPA protects churches, temples, mosques and synagogues from the tax-based prejudices of revenue-hungry cities and towns. Can you imagine an American town where people have no place to worship? If not for RLUIPA, a little known law […]

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Court Allows Pennsylvania Mosque RLUIPA Suit to Move Forward

  • September 28, 2015
  • by Admin

Last week, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania largely ruled in favor of a local Islamic group that sued a local municipality for refusing to allow it to build a mosque in Bensalem Masjid Inc. v. Bensalem Township, No. 14-6955 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 22, 2015). The […]

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Our latest religious land use cases

  • April 21, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Dalton & Tomich PLC's religious land use practice continues to grow and expand. We are currently representing two new clients: the Vineyard Church in South Hackensack, New Jersey and New Life Church and homeless shelter in St. Louis, Missouri. North Jersey Vineyard Church v. South […]

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Holt v. Hobbs – Religious Liberty wins again in the United States Supreme Court

  • January 25, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Gregory Holt, a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas, can grow a short beard for religious reasons. Our friend Eric Rassbach from the Becket Fund — the public interest law firm that on Tuesday won the Holt v. Hobbs […]

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The status of the Church of Our Savior trial

  • October 27, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Many of you have asked how the trial in Church of Our Savior v. Jacksonville Beach, Florida ended. The Court has taken the matter under advisement and we are waiting on a decision. By way of background, Church of Our Savior, a small Anglican congregation […]

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The latest news on the Church of Our Savior case

  • September 23, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As reported by Action News 38, here, http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/news/local/church-attorney-jacksonville-beach-changed-religio/nhN29/ Church attorney: Jacksonville Beach changed Religious Land Use Act on purpose before trial By Amanda Warford JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — The City of Jacksonville Beach will head to federal court Wednesday to fight a lawsuit filed by […]

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Detroit-based attorney writes book on RLUIPA, the religious land-use law

  • August 26, 2014
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DETROIT, Mich. – Attorney Daniel Dalton, a founding partner of Dalton & Tomich, PLC, today announced the release of his new book published by the American Bar Association. “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases” examines and discusses the continually evolving area of religious land use and […]

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RLUIPA, Land Use and the Hobby Lobby decision

  • August 13, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It is always a significant event in the legal community when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) makes a ruling on a case. Lawyers all across the country pack into the courthouse or watch online as the opinions are handed down. Often, the […]

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The Next Religious Land Use and Zoning Trial – Church of our Savior v. Jacksonville Beach, Florida

  • July 28, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The federal court in Jacksonville, Florida has denied the City of Jacksonville Beach’s Motion to Dismiss the Church of Our Savior’s Complaint against the City. In an opinion issued on July 18, the Honorable Judge Timothy J. Corrigan found that the Church had pleaded sufficient […]

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California District Court Grants TRO Allowing Church to Continue Homeless Ministry

  • June 16, 2014
  • by Admin

The Central District of California recently granted a temporary restraining order to allow a church to continue operating its homeless ministry program despite repeated attempts by the City of San Buenaventura to shut down the ministry. Since 2008, Harbor Missionary Church (“Church”) operated a homeless […]

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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.