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Court affirms a Church’s use of its parking lot for Ministry

  • January 26, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

Court order allows Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church to Continue Offering Free Parking to the Public. A federal court in Tampa has entered a preliminary injunction against the City of St. Pete Beach, Florida, protecting a church’s right to keep its parking lot open to the […]

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Protecting Homeless Ministries and Shelters under Federal Religious Land Use Law

  • September 26, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Winter will soon be here and with it another round of headlines which read “City Shuts Down Church’s Homeless Ministry.” Every year, these stories pop up all across the country. Their facts are often the same, and they often end with men, women, and children […]

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Celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act by Highlighting 22 of Our Top Religious Land Use Cases

  • September 22, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, often referred to by its acronym RLUIPA (ruh-loopa). In just over two decades, this little-known federal law has protected thousands of religious institutions across the country from unequal and burdensome zoning […]

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Dalton & Tomich secures $145,000 and building permit for the Church at Jackson in federal suit against Hinds County, Mississippi

  • July 18, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

In violation of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the county had denied the church permission to build and worship on its six-acre parcel of land Detroit—-July 18, 2022—Dalton & Tomich, a firm nationally known for protecting the legal rights of religious […]

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Court orders City of St. Pete Beach to pay $250,000+ of church’s attorney fees in case involving church’s provision of free parking

  • April 27, 2022
  • by Admin

In violation of federal law, city sought to forbid Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church from allowing the public to park for free in its private lot near the beach   Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett, nsterett@daltontomich.com, 815-986-8050 St. Pete Beach, Fla.—April 27, […]

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Supreme Court Unified on Strength of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act

  • March 30, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

If you only pay attention to the hot-button cases that make the nightly news, you may think the Supreme Court is deeply divided in most of its cases. This is simply not true. The Supreme Court issues far more unanimous decisions than 5-to-4 decisions. One […]

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Public School Closings Open Door to Religious Schools and Set Stage for State and Local Legal Battles

  • January 5, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Hundreds of thousands of parents across the country just learned that their local public schools will be closing. In Chicago alone, 330,000 students will be denied in-person instruction. Panicked parents, who are already familiar with the difficulties and inadequacies of remote learning, are looking for […]

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Religious Land Use & the Church: Client Testimonial and Virtual Roundtable series

  • October 21, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

Church Law & Tax is a leading resource for church leaders looking for guidance on legal and tax issues affecting religious institutions. Recently, Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett worked with Church Law & Tax to put together a series of videos to help pastors […]

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Dalton & Tomich wins injunction against Hinds County, Mississippi on behalf of The Church at Jackson

  • September 27, 2021
  • by Emily

County’s zoning ordinance violates Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com; 815.997.7221 Detroit—-September 27, 2021—National law firm Dalton & Tomich announced it has won an injunction on behalf of the Church at Jackson […]

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Dan Dalton named a “Go-To” Real Estate Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

  • July 26, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466 Detroit—July 26, 2021—Daniel Dalton, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, has been named a Michigan “Go-To” Lawyer for Real Estate by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The publication’s “Go-To” Lawyer honor spotlights Michigan lawyers who are […]

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Mississippi Church Files Suit Against Hinds County for Treating Religious Assembly Uses Unequally

  • May 10, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

On April 27, 2021, we filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of The Church at Jackson against Hinds County, Mississippi for violating the “equal terms” provision of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. 2000cc(b)(1). Last year, the church acquired a […]

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