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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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Dalton & Tomich Secures Settlement for Mississippi Christian-Based Recovery Facility

  • November 18, 2013
  • by Admin

Dalton & Tomich attorneys have helped secure a legal settlement that allows their client, a non-profit recovery center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to provide long-term housing for single mothers recovering from addiction. Lighthouse Rescue Mission provides housing, treatment, and Christian-based religious services to single mothers who […]

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Seventh Circuit: No RLUIPA Violation for Rejecting Bible Camp’s Zoning Requests

  • November 5, 2013
  • by Admin

A recent decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that a Wisconsin town did not violate RLUIPA when it refused to allow a year-round Bible camp to operate in a single-family residential area. In Eagle Cove Camp & Conference Center, Inc. v. Town […]

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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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Speaking about Land Use and Zoning

  • May 6, 2013
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In the past five days, I have been in Nashville, Tennessee and Scottsdale, Arizona speaking to attorneys about land use and zoning litigation. In general, most attorneys who practice in this area of the law have seen a modest upswing in development from both a […]

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Resolution of the San Diego RLUIPA / Religious Land Use and Zoning Case

  • April 26, 2013
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The final chapter has been written and the story has ended with the City of San Diego finalizing the settlement between itself and the Academy of Our Lady of Peace this past week. Several news organizations have taken an indepth review of the case and […]

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City of San Diego settles RLUIPA lawsuit with Academy of Our Lady of Peace,

  • February 20, 2013
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As reported in today's San Diego Tribune and San Diego Reader the City of San Diego has dropped its opposition to the modernization plan of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. The settlement combines cash payment, permits and relocation of homes The Academy of […]

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Who can file a RLUIPA case?

  • December 17, 2012
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The US District Court for the District of Maine recently affirmed the decision of a magistrate judge which granted the dismissal of a claim brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In Cassidy v. City of Brewer, Plaintiff apparently was a […]

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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.