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The Fourth Option: Leaving the United Methodist Church

  • August 31, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  It seems like the annual conference of the United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri just ended and yet the  time is drawing near for petitions to be submitted to be considered at the next General Conference in May 2020. To date, the petitions […]

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Appeals court orders Litchfield borough to pay Chabad Lubavitch’s legal fees

  • August 21, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As reported in the Torrington Register Citizen on August 19, 2019, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the fee award for Dalton & Tomich PLC and the other attorneys who represented the Chabad in Litchfield, Connecticut in the decade long litigation over approving the […]

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Silence is not the appropriate response to the crisis within the United Methodist Church

  • August 15, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  Sunday is coming. Soon, many of the faithful will find themselves in United Methodist churches that dot nearly every corner of this country; disparate buildings where they’ll gather under the guise of religion, of faith, of goodness. Whether set in trappings that are ancient or […]

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Who is responsible for trees on a property line in Michigan?

  • August 11, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

One of the most common questions we receive on property line or easement related question is who is a responsible for trees on a property line. Imagine the scenario where you own land and have a tree near the property line. A large branch grows […]

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Methodist Bishops Invalidate the Exit Plan

  • August 11, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  There is an old adage in business that is equally applicable to the leaders within the current United Methodist Church: The institution will preserve the institution at the cost of driving out the members who it seeks to serve.  In other words, institutions preserve […]

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If You Live in a Subdivision That Contains a Lake, You Likely Have Rights in That Water

  • July 27, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

When it comes to owning interest in land that includes or touchesan inland lake or stream, the law in Michigan is clear: you are considered a riparian landowner. Generally speaking, a riparian landowner holds a bundle of rights, also known as riparian property rights. These […]

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Moving Forward after the Methodist Annual Conferences

  • July 4, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Most of the United Methodist Church annual conferences are over and the delegates are selected for the next General Conference in Minneapolis in 2020.  The question is what does the result of the annual conferences mean for the local church. Is it time to consider […]

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Talking about RLUIPA to the Arizona Bar Association: Why do we need RLUIPA when we have the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses in the First Amendment?

  • June 28, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

I had the opportunity to talk with attorneys in Arizona about Religious Land Use and Zoning at the annual meeting of the Arizona Bar Association and was asked to address the question of why do we need RLUIPA when we have the Free Exercise and […]

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The degree of a “Prevailing Party” for Attorney Fees in a RLUIPA action argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

  • June 10, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Today we argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City  the issue of how much success must a party have to be a “prevailing party,” to secure attorney fees recoverable under RLUIPA. The United States District Court held below that under […]

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More details on the Methodist Disaffiliation Plan

  • April 26, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Judicial Council, the Supreme Court of The United Methodist Church, held that the legislation adopted by the General Conference in February 2019 providing a path for churches to leave the denomination is constitutional. There is now a path out of the denomination for local […]

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