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Park and pray? Church wins preliminary injunction against City of St. Pete Beach, which attempted to forbid public parking in Church’s lot

  • January 28, 2021
  • by Emily

City’s punitive measures restricting religious exercise of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church likely violate federal law     Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications;; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton;; 248.229.2329   St. Pete Beach, Fla.—January 27, 2021—Daniel Dalton, a religious property and land use attorney with […]

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Federal Court of Appeals Rejects Illinois Churches’ Emergency Request for an Injunction

  • May 18, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order indicating that two Illinois churches are unlikely to succeed in their efforts to challenge Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order which limits gatherings to no more than ten people. By way of background, […]

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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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Property taxes and religious organizations: Can you challenge a local property tax decision in federal Court?

  • November 10, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

When a religious organization applies for but is denied a property tax exemption under state law, the Tax Injunction Act may prevent a federal court from hearing a claim challenging such a decision. The Tax Injunction Act (“TIA”) prohibits federal district courts from enjoining, suspending or […]

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RLUIPA Mosque Case: American Islamic Community Center vs. City of Sterling Heights, Michigan

  • August 18, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The successful RLUIPA mosque land use and zoning case involving the American Islamic Community Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan is discussed by attorney Daniel P. Dalton. Dalton is one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in representing mosques, churches, temples and other religious institutions in […]

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A RLUIPA Win: The American Islamic Community Center will build a Mosque in Sterling Heights, Michigan

  • February 21, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As reported in the New York Times, in a significant win for the Muslim community in Detroit, and for religious freedom throughout the United States, the American Islamic Community Center (“AICC”) has settled its lawsuit with the City of Sterling Heights. The AICC brought a […]

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