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The United Methodist Church at a crossroad

  • January 17, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Since its creation in 1968, the United Methodist Church has struggled to define its theology. The adaption of cultural norms and the failure to define its basic theology has resulted in a dramatic decline in membership in the denomination. In the United States, for example, membership […]

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Dalton & Tomich PLC guides Greenleaf Township, Michigan to victory in Federal Court litigation

  • January 7, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  One of the best compliments an attorney can have is when an opposing party hires the attorney who sued them in a subsequent case to defend its interest or pursue a claim. This happened to our firm when Dalton & Tomich, PLC was hired […]

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Dalton & Tomich PLC helps another local Church leave a denomination and keep its property

  • December 30, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  The law firm of Dalton & Tomich PLC has successfully represented many local churches throughout the United States who have left the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian USA denomination over the past decade. Many local congregations wish to leave their […]

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No Land Use Regulation, No RLUIPA Violation

  • November 13, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As explained more thoroughly in “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases,” RLUIPA contains five claims under its broad statutory umbrella. And while each claim has distinct and separate elements, allclaims start with: “No government shall impose or implement a land use regulation. . . .”[1]RLUIPA’s text […]

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Property taxes and religious organizations: Can you challenge a local property tax decision in federal Court?

  • November 10, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

When a religious organization applies for but is denied a property tax exemption under state law, the Tax Injunction Act may prevent a federal court from hearing a claim challenging such a decision. The Tax Injunction Act (“TIA”) prohibits federal district courts from enjoining, suspending or […]

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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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The Three takeaways from the Third Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association

  • November 4, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  It was a privilege to attend the Third Annual Global gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) meeting in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday November 3, 2018.  Having attended the prior gatherings in Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois, it was good to see how much […]

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The Methodist Way Forward? The Judicial Council Decision and its impact on the local Methodist Church

  • October 29, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On Friday October 26, 2018 the Judicial Conference issued its opinion concerning the constitutionality of the One Church Plan and the Traditional Plan that will be presented to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in February 2019. In sum, the Judicial Council ruled […]

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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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