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What is RLUIPA? The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

  • August 18, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act is explained by Daniel P. Dalton, one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in representing, churches, mosques, temples and other religious institutions in religious land use and zoning cases. Read more about religious land use and […]

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Big Supreme Court Win For Religious Schools and School Choice Movement

  • June 30, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

This morning the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that it is unconstitutional to bar religious schools from receiving public benefits or aid solely because of their religious status. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, involves a scholarship program that the Montana Supreme Court […]

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Court Orders Connecticut Borough To Tax Residents to Pay Major Attorney Fee Award in RLUIPA Case

  • June 24, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Civil rights litigation is vitally important. But it is neither easy nor cheap. It is often a war of attrition between a plaintiff with limited resources and a taxpayer-funded government defendant. In light of this funding imbalance, many government defendants fight even the most meritorious […]

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South Carolina Court Hands Local Churches Another Win Over Denominational Trust Clause Claims

  • June 23, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

All across the country, local congregations are deciding to leave their denominations and take the necessary steps to keep their properties. There is an increasing number of congregations seeking to leave the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, and Reformed Church of America. And while some […]

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Illinois Churches’ Challenge to State’s COVID Restrictions

  • June 16, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Elim Romanian Church, et al. v. Pritzker that Illinois’s COVID restrictions, which limited the size of public gatherings to ten people, did not violate the First Amendment. By way of background, several Illinois churches had sued […]

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Split Supreme Court Denies Churches Relief from COVID Restrictions

  • June 1, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Over the last few weeks, several churches in California and Illinois have asked the courts for relief from their state’s restrictions on religious assemblies—restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Because the trial and appellate courts would not grant them relief, they […]

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The Coming Legal Battles Over How To Fund Religious Schools and Where They Can Locate

  • May 29, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

The pandemic forced public and private schools all across the country to close early. In response, many parents had to quickly adapt to alternative ways to educate their children. Some discovered the benefits and challenges of homeschooling. Others turned to virtual classrooms and courses taught […]

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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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First Amendment: The Ministerial Exception Revisited

  • May 14, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

In 2004, a Called1 teacher at Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church School, located in Redford, Michigan, went on disability leave after being diagnosed with narcolepsy. After feeling better, she wanted to teach again. But the Church no longer had a position for her. The Church asked […]

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Sixth Circuit Says Kentucky Cannot Enforce Ban on In-Person Worship

  • May 11, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

On Saturday May 9, 2020, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order preventing the governor of Kentucky and other state officials from enforcing a ban on in-person worship services. The order comes amid ongoing legal battles across the Midwest regarding the various executive […]

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Dalton & Tomich files lawsuit against Wakulla County, Florida on behalf of City Walk – Urban Mission

  • May 6, 2020
  • by Emily

Lawsuit seeks to secure City Walk’s right under RLUIPA to continue ministry open to registered sex offenders Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com ; 815.997.7221 Detroit —- May 6, 2020—Noel Sterett, a religious liberty attorney and partner at the law […]

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