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A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center Settles Land Use Suit with Raleigh, N.C.

  • September 17, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Today, Dalton & Tomich client A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center dismissed its lawsuit against the City of Raleigh, N.C. after the parties reached a settlement agreement. Attorney Noel Sterett filed the federal lawsuit in 2016 after the Raleigh City Council disregarded the recommendations […]

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Alabama’s protection of religious exercise stronger than federal law

  • January 8, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho

  Religious organizations often turn to courts when their freedom of religion is being infringed by the government. Restrictions on the religious exercise of a person or institution come in many forms, unfortunately. The implementation of land use regulations is one of them. Thanks to […]

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Supreme Court Says Government Officials May Be Personally Liable for Money Damages Under Religious Freedom Statute(s)

  • December 10, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Today, the United States Supreme Court decided an important religious liberty case–Tanzin v. Tanzir–involving who can be sued for money damages under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). The unanimous decision authored by Justice Clarence Thomas affirmed that government officials may be sued for money […]

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From the Supreme Court to continued separations from the United Methodist Church and other traditional Protestant denominations, religion will be in the legal spotlight in 2021

  • December 3, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—-December 3, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney, co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich,and author of an eBook about protocols for the United Methodist Church separation,points to several key indicators that traditional religious […]

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Five Laws For Which Americans Can Be Thankful

  • November 25, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) Congress enacted RLUIPA in 2000 based on evidence of widespread discrimination against religious assemblies and institutions in the zoning and land use context. Many religious groups were struggling to find a place to meet. Others were struggling […]

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Fulton v. City of Philadelphia reflects rising trend of cities restricting faith-based organizations from serving their communities

  • November 11, 2020
  • by Emily

“In some cases, zoning and land use restrictions are choking them out; in other cases, cities are going after religious institutions because their religious beliefs do not jive with public policy positions…” Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com; 815.997.7221 Chicago—-November […]

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Dan Dalton named a 2021 DBusiness Top Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning

  • November 4, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—November 4, 2020—Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomich is pleased to announce that Daniel P. Dalton, a founding partner of the firm, has been named to the […]

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The legal issues involved hosting Church at a private home

  • October 2, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

In certain parts of the country, like California, large religious assemblies are still prohibited. As a result, many religious groups are encouraging their members to continue meeting in smaller numbers in their homes. All across the country, people are hosting small prayer gatherings, worship services, […]

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Attorney Sorin A. Leahu joins Dalton & Tomich

  • October 1, 2020
  • by Emily

Detroit —October 1, 2020—Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich, co-founders of Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton + Tomich, are pleased to announce that Sorin A. Leahu has joined the firm as a senior associate attorney.  Based in the firm’s Chicago office, […]

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Florida Church Secures Right to Operate Religious Transition Homes and $160,000 in Settlement with Wakulla County

  • September 22, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Today, a federal court in Tallahassee, Fla., entered a final consent decree allowing Dalton & Tomich client, City Walk-Urban Mission, to expand its transition home ministry in Wakulla County. The order was entered pursuant to a settlement the County and City Walk had agreed to […]

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Happy RLUIPA Day!

  • September 20, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

This Tuesday, September 22, 2020, will be the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton signing into law the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, also known as RLUIPA. The law was passed by a unanimous Congress to enforce, by statutory right, four different constitutional prohibitions […]

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