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A RLUIPA win in California: West Valley Christian Center v. City of Los Angeles, California

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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How a local Church won a religious land use / RLUIPA case and re-established a relationship with a local community

The Aspen Times reported today about the impact of a religious land use case litigated by Daniel Dalton a decade ago and the relationship between the church, Grace Church of the Roaring Fork, and Pitken County, Colorado. The story highlights the positive impact of the church […]

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Land use, zoning and civil rights attorney Larry Opalewski returns to Dalton & Tomich

Opalewski’s special interests include religious land use and constitutional law, seeks to counsel clients toward optimal solutions both in and out of the courtroom Lawrence Opalewski DETROIT (August 13, 2018) – Attorney Lawrence Opalewski has rejoined the law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC. Opalewski focuses […]

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Do Religious Assemblies Have a Friend in Soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh?

  • July 30, 2018
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

As soon as Brett Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court, people on both sides of the political aisle began taking a fine tooth comb through his life, credit card bills, and court opinions. Some unearthed evidence that he accumulated tens of thousands of dollars […]

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Religious land use win 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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