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Dalton & Tomich achieves another religious land use win and establishes precedent that local governments cannot deny a religious use based on its determination of what a Church is

Irish Oaks is a non-denominational Christian church founded by a group of friends in rural Lapeer County. These friends were interested in developing their relationship with God but felt out of place in traditional, formal churches. So they decided to form their own church with […]

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Eight Things To Know About Buying and Selling Waterfront Property

Owning waterfront land is not easy.  Depending on the state you live in, the land that’s adjacent to a body of water normally carries with it certain rights relative to that body of water.  Although water rights may vary according to federal, state and local law […]

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Home Churches and Wedding Ministries: a RLUIPA win in central Oregon

Central Oregon is truly beautiful. Among the varying landscapes, the interesting cities, the Cascade Mountains and the beauty of Mt. Hood is a little city in the center of the state called Sisters. Our clients, John & Stephanie Shepherd have lived in Sisters for many […]

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Pregnancy Centers Win Supreme Court Free Speech Case

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case involving California’s effort to force these centers to notify women of the availability of state subsidized abortion services. Having written an amicus brief in support […]

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How to Select an Attorney for a RLUIPA / Religious Land Use Case

  • June 20, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Religious leaders who are unable to use a building or land they purchased because of a land use or zoning issue can easily become frustrated. Picking the right attorney to help navigate the process for what happens next is a critical decision. Not every attorney […]

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Dalton & Tomich, PLC help a local church leave a denomination and keep its property

The history of religious growth in the United States can be traced in no small part to the frequency of schism within religious organizations, which is to be expected where the First Amendment absolutely protects the right to believe whatever one chooses. One result is […]

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The Supreme Court declines to hear Church Property Rights Cases

As noted previously, the United States Supreme Court had two cases before it where it had the opportunity to provide a clear direction in the law on denominational trust clause cases and guidance on the ownership of Church property. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied […]

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Settlement Agreement “Tender Back” Rule Upheld by Michigan Court

Can an employee sue its employer where she released all claims in severance agreement, even though the employer stopped payments per the agreement?  In Yob v. Smith and Van Fossen, Mich. Court of Appeals No. 339607 (May 15, 2018), the court of appeals upheld the […]

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Religious liberty champion attorney Noel W. Sterett joins Dalton & Tomich, PLC, opens Illinois office

Sterett has successfully defended the rights of congregations across the country, recently co-authored guide to help church leaders navigate RLUIPA, land use litigation process Attorney Noel W. Sterett has joined the law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC. Sterett focuses his practice on the defense of […]

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Supreme Court Reaffirms Religious Liberty Protections in Cake Case; Decision Underscores Importance of RLUIPA and State RFRA’s

This morning the United States Supreme Court, by a 7-2 vote in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, reaffirmed “the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion.” The case involves a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, who declined on […]

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