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The status of the Church of Our Savior trial

  • October 27, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Many of you have asked how the trial in Church of Our Savior v. Jacksonville Beach, Florida ended. The Court has taken the matter under advisement and we are waiting on a decision. By way of background, Church of Our Savior, a small Anglican congregation […]

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The latest news on the Church of Our Savior case

  • September 23, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As reported by Action News 38, here, http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/news/local/church-attorney-jacksonville-beach-changed-religio/nhN29/ Church attorney: Jacksonville Beach changed Religious Land Use Act on purpose before trial By Amanda Warford JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — The City of Jacksonville Beach will head to federal court Wednesday to fight a lawsuit filed by […]

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RLUIPA, Land Use and the Hobby Lobby decision

  • August 13, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It is always a significant event in the legal community when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) makes a ruling on a case. Lawyers all across the country pack into the courthouse or watch online as the opinions are handed down. Often, the […]

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The Next Religious Land Use and Zoning Trial – Church of our Savior v. Jacksonville Beach, Florida

  • July 28, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The federal court in Jacksonville, Florida has denied the City of Jacksonville Beach’s Motion to Dismiss the Church of Our Savior’s Complaint against the City. In an opinion issued on July 18, the Honorable Judge Timothy J. Corrigan found that the Church had pleaded sufficient […]

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The Ownership of Church Property

  • June 16, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Denominational Trust Clauses and Civil Litigation Within the past decade, there has been a surge of litigation concerning the ownership of property as it relates to a local church. Local congregations are faced with the unfortunate choice of leaving a denomination and dispensing with the […]

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Attorneys for Land Use Website Examines Religious Land Use Law

  • May 16, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Dalton & Tomich, PLC launches new site as legal resource addressing land use and zoning for religious and legal communities Contact: Don Tanner or Maggie Sisco, 248-626-0006 DETROIT, May 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Dalton & Tomich PLC, today unveiled a new website which examines […]

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Church of our Savior vs. Jacksonville Beach, Florida – our latest Religious Land Use case

  • February 18, 2014
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 we will be arguing a Motion for Preliminary Injunction and opposing a Motion to Dismiss in a landmark religious land use case in the United States District Court, Middle District, Jacksonville, Florida. The Church of Our Savior, located in Jacksonville […]

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Explaining the litigation process – what to expect when filing a land use lawsuit in Federal Court

  • July 21, 2013
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Getting involved in a lawsuit is a time consuming, frustrating and often confusing process. The court system is not viewed as being “user friendly,” and the terminology, forms and what seem to be “picky” rules are often viewed as traps rather than a means of […]

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Immunity issues with RLUIPA and other Federal Constitutional claims

  • May 29, 2013
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

A recent decision in Muslim Community Association v. Pittsfield, Township, Case No. 12-10893 (May 22, 2013) (US DC ED SD Mich) (Duggan, J.) addresses the interesting issue of absolute legislative and qualified immunity of elected officials in the context of religious land use case. By […]

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Federal Bar Webinar on Religious Land Use and Zoning (RLUIPA)

  • May 27, 2013
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Interested in learing more about religious land use and zoning? Dan Dalton will be presenting a webinar for the Federal Bar Association on the topic. Click here to register and learn more: http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/v?e=2E2CE9&c=39A70&l=2093167&email=JuzqispEhFg0xCa5R4MLiXeq%2BwoAh5FONyIeD9VsXLU%3D&relid=C6EC15A

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Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with experience serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.