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Parking requirements for Religious Assembly: How RLUIPA helps

  • November 6, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

When it comes to abiding by land use and zoning laws, many religious assemblies and institutions face hurdles. Depending on the circumstances, meeting a city’s parking requirements can be a big one. The City of Chicago’s parking requirements, for example, seemed to be the only […]

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Kavanaugh, J., May Decide Fate of “Williamson County” Rule That Plagues Religious Land Use Cases

  • November 5, 2018
  • by Noel Sterett

As we wrote in October, the Supreme Court is considering whether to overrule its decision in Williamson County in the case of Knick v. Scott Township. The Williamson County rule requires property owners to exhaust state remedies before they can ask a federal court to decide whether the government […]

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Noel Sterett Argues RLUIPA Case Before Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Halloween

  • November 2, 2018
  • by Noel Sterett

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, I spent my Halloween exactly how every attorney would like to spend it:  arguing an important case in front of a panel of three of the most distinguished federal judges in the country. The Honorable Judges Easterbrook, Flaum, and Brennan […]

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Court Enters Order Protecting Hope Lutheran Church Just Six Weeks After Suit Filed

  • October 26, 2018
  • by Noel Sterett

On September 14, 2018, Dalton & Tomich attorneys Noel Sterett and Larry Opalewski filed a federal religious land use suit on behalf of Hope Lutheran Church against the City of St. Ignace, MI. The church, which had been meeting at its property at 132 S. […]

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Supreme Court Asked to Protect Religious Land Use Plaintiffs from “Williamson County” Rule

  • October 25, 2018
  • by Noel Sterett

In 1985, the Supreme Court decided a Fifth Amendment takings case called Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City. The Court held that property owners had to exhaust state remedies before they could ask a federal court to decide whether the […]

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Ministerial Housing Allowance Case Argued Before Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  • October 24, 2018
  • by Noel Sterett

This morning the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the case involving the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance. Since 1954, a tax rule has allowed a “minister of the gospel” to be exempt from income tax on compensation that is part […]

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Attorney Noel Sterett Featured On Bold Church Initiative Podcast “Navigating Zoning and Land Use Laws”

  • October 22, 2018
  • by Noel Sterett

Recently, Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett joined attorney Josh Hershberger of the Bold Church Initiative podcast to discuss Noel’s passion for protecting religious liberty in land use cases across the country. The podcast covers not only how Noel discovered his passion and calling to […]

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Sixth Circuit Takes Side in Split over What It Means to Treat Religious Assemblies Equally; Dissent Filed by Judge Thapar Raises Prospects of Supreme Court Review

  • September 25, 2018
  • by Noel Sterett

The “Equal Terms” provision of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) provides that “[n]o government shall impose or implement a land use regulation in a manner that treats a religious assembly or institution on less than equal terms with a nonreligious assembly […]

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Court rules Chabad renovation should move forward after denial of Certificate of Appropriateness

  • September 18, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In the summer of 2017, the law firm of Dalton & Tomich, PLC was retained, and successfully litigated, a decade old case through trial in the United States District Court in New Haven, Connecticut on behalf of Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County. The Chabad sued […]

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A RLUIPA win in California: West Valley Christian Center v. City of Los Angeles, California

  • September 8, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

We are pleased to report that our client, West Valley Christian Center located in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles, has reached a tentative settlement in its religious land use case against the City of Los Angeles, California.  Permits have issued, construction has commenced and […]

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