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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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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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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; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329   St. Pete Beach, Fla.—January 27, 2021—Daniel Dalton, a religious property and land use attorney with […]

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Alabama’s protection of religious exercise stronger than federal law

  • January 8, 2021
  • by Admin

  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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