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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. . . .”RLUIPA’s text […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
As land use attorneys, we get many questions regarding water rights. These questions typically involve lake or river access and navigation. These questions generally fall under the category of riparian rights. One water question that does not fall neatly into the riparian category is the […]Read More
As we wrote in October, the Supreme Court is considering whether to overrule its decision in Williamson County in the case of Knick v. Scott Township. The Williamson County rule requires property owners to exhaust state remedies before they can ask a federal court to decide whether the government […]Read More
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 […]Read More
On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, I spent my Halloween exactly how every attorney would like to spend it: arguing an important case in front of a panel of three of the most distinguished federal judges in the country. The Honorable Judges Easterbrook, Flaum, and Brennan […]Read More
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 […]Read More
On September 14, 2018, Dalton & Tomich attorneys Noel Sterett and Larry Opalewski filed a federal religious land use suit on behalf of Hope Lutheran Church against the City of St. Ignace, MI. The church, which had been meeting at its property at 132 S. […]Read More
In 1985, the Supreme Court decided a Fifth Amendment takings case called Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City. The Court held that property owners had to exhaust state remedies before they could ask a federal court to decide whether the […]Read More
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In my role as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God, quite often we are faced with issues that involve local governments and municipalities. Many of these issues that arise in dealing with entities are land use related. I have found Dalton & Tomich’s experience and expertise in this area to be a valuable resource and asset in every situation.
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