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The Cross Church – A RLUIPA Church Land Use Success Story

  • February 24, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It was my honor to return to Carlinville, Illinois on Sunday, February 24, 2019 to worship at The Cross Church. A decade ago, we worked with the Church and resolved a case allowing it to develop a former Walmart Store into a Church.  The once […]

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Racially Charged Religious Discrimination Prohibited Under RLUIPA

  • February 7, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Although RLUIPA is mainly concerned with religious discrimination, racial animus towards a religious organization falls within the ambit of RLUIPA’s very broad protection. On February 7, 2019, the Fourth Circuit, citing the legislative history of RLUIPA, emphasized that “zoning board members or neighborhood residents explicitly offer race or […]

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No Land Use Regulation, No RLUIPA Violation

  • November 13, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As explained more thoroughly in “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases,” RLUIPA contains five claims under its broad statutory umbrella. And while each claim has distinct and separate elements, allclaims start with: “No government shall impose or implement a land use regulation. . . .”[1]RLUIPA’s text […]

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A RLUIPA win in California: West Valley Christian Center v. City of Los Angeles, California

  • September 8, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

We are pleased to report that our client, West Valley Christian Center located in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles, has reached a tentative settlement in its religious land use case against the City of Los Angeles, California.  Permits have issued, construction has commenced and […]

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How a local Church won a religious land use / RLUIPA case and re-established a relationship with a local community

  • September 5, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Aspen Times reported today about the impact of a religious land use case litigated by Daniel Dalton a decade ago and the relationship between the church, Grace Church of the Roaring Fork, and Pitken County, Colorado. The story highlights the positive impact of the church […]

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RLUIPA Land Use Trial Outcomes

  • December 12, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Have you ever wondered how many RLUIPA land use cases have occurred since Congress unanimously passed the law (the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) in 2000?  Are you curious about the outcomes? Recently, we were asked to provide a Court with a list […]

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This Religious-Freedom Fight is Remaking America: RLUIPA in the Spotlight

  • November 13, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

There are churches all across America that have closed their doors or given up on their missions when they didn’t have to. And in many cases they did it just because they weren’t aware of a federal law that guaranteed their right to do exactly […]

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Approving a Religious Training, Resort and Convention Center: RLUIPA and the Morris Cerullo Legacy Center

  • October 23, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On October 18, 2017, the City of San Diego City Council voted 7-2 to approve the Morris Cerullo Legacy Center (“MCWE “) in San Diego after it previously voted the month prior 5-4 to reject the proposal. In conjunction with the law firm of Galuppo […]

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Sign Ordinances and RLUIPA:East End Eruv Association, Inc. v. Town of Southampton

  • November 7, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

East End Eruv Association, Inc. (“EEEA”) is a non-profit corporation formed to coordinate efforts toward promoting the construction of an eruv. The eruv was set to travel through three municipalities: Southampton, Westhampton Beach, and Quogue, New York. An eruv is an unbroken demarcation or delineation […]

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RLUIPA, Substantial Burdens and Hardships.

  • August 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In Andon, LLC v. City of Newport News, Virginia, the Court was asked to review a RLUIPA case to determine if a substantial burden existed when the Church sought zoning approval after they were told by the planning staff that it would not be approved for a commercial parcel of property.  The Court addresses […]

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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.