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Sometimes it takes a letter . . . (to the City Planning Director)

  • December 21, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Not every religious land use case requires litigation. Every once in a while, a matter is resolved when a letter is sent to the planning director informing him or her about RLUIPA and its impact on a local government zoning regulations. That occurred this past […]

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Religious Construction Likely on the Rise, Litigation to Follow?

  • November 19, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, a 13-year decline in American religious building construction may soon end. The article states that construction of religious buildings in the U.S. (which includes churches, temples, mosques, and other buildings) peaked in 2002 and has […]

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Local governments continue mistreating churches in land use and zoning matters

  • November 16, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

AMT Owners Kenny & Beverly Sexton Join in Partnership with Summit Church Pastors Hal and Lisa Boehm. (Photo courtesy American Mountatin Theater) Local governments are mistreating churches across the country. The latest example of this wave of discrimination is making headlines in Elkins, West Virginia, […]

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Hope Rising Church Likely to Succeed on RLUIPA Equal Terms Claim

  • November 9, 2015
  • by Admin

On October 28, Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of our client, Hope Rising Community Church, and recommended granting the Church’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The Church is located in Penn Hills, […]

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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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Calif. Church Continues Its Fight to Operate Homeless Ministry Program

  • February 4, 2015
  • by Admin

Earlier this week, a California church that operates a homeless ministry program attempted to convince the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to revive the program, called Operation Embrace, after a lower court upheld the City’s decision to shutter the program. Last year, we wrote about […]

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Dalton & Tomich Achieves Victory at Trial in Latest RLUIPA Case

  • November 26, 2014
  • by Admin

On November 25, 2014, District Judge Timothy Corrigan from the Middle District of Florida ruled in favor of Church of Our Savior in its religious land use lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The Court held that the City violated RLUIPA’s Equal Terms […]

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City Unjustly Zones Out Florida Church; Trial Begins Wednesday

  • September 17, 2014
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM MEDIA ADVISORY September 16, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact City unjustly zones out Fla. church ADF-allied attorney available for comment each day of trial WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Daniel P. Dalton WHAT: […]

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DOJ Files RLUIPA Suit on Behalf on Minnesota Islamic Center

  • September 8, 2014
  • by Admin

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a federal lawsuit against a Minnesota city, alleging the city violated RLUIPA when it denied the Abu Huraira Islamic Center’s (Abu Huraira) application for a conditional use permit to operate a worship facility in the basement of […]

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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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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.