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Hope Rising Church succeeds on its Equal Terms claim under RLUIPA

  • 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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Hope Rising Church succeeds on its Equal Terms claim under RLUIPA

  • 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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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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How Will a Court Decide My Church Dispute?

  • October 20, 2015
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

While most churches will go to great lengths to avoid the secular court system, sometimes inter or intra-church disputes do end up in court. But does that mean that the judge will make a decision which directs a church to take or refrain from taking […]

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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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Religious Land Use victory in Jacksonville Beach, Florida

  • September 23, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

New church to be built in Jacksonville Beach by Linda Borgstede The new home for Church of our Savior is planned for property near Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach. (artwork submitted) It is the vision of Church of Our Savior members that you will one […]

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When Does a Church Need an Attorney?

  • June 29, 2015
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

When someone is starting or joining leadership in a religious institution, legal considerations are often towards the bottom of the priority list. However, religious institutions of all faiths need to be aware of areas where they may need advice from a licensed attorney in order […]

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Limits on Church Signs Ruled Unconstitutional by Supreme Court

  • June 22, 2015
  • by Admin

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant free speech decision that struck down a local ordinance that regulated signs differently based on the signs’ content. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the Court unanimously ruled that an Arizona town violated the First Amendment […]

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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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