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United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 – Perception vs. Reality (Day 1)

Perception and reality are two very different things. Today, Saturday February 23, 2019, was set to be a day of discernment, prayer and worship for the attenders of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church.  While there was plenty of worship, the day truly […]

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Speaking about RLUIPA: Daniel Dalton to speak at the American Planning Association Conference in San Francisco, CA. on April 15, 2019

  • February 22, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: Firm News

Daniel Dalton will be presenting a session at the American Planning Association annual conference in San Francisco, California on April 15, 2019 on litigating Religious Land Use cases under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, commonly known as RLUIPA. If you are one […]

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RLUIPA in the United States Supreme Court

Dalton & Tomich, PLC has been retained by the Three Hundred and Forty Two (342) parents of students who attend Tree of Life Christian School in Upper Arlington, Ohio to file an Amicus brief in support of the school’s request to have the United States […]

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Seventh Circuit Rules Church Has Standing to Challenge Entirety of Zoning Scheme Under RLUIPA’s Equal Terms Provision

  • February 14, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

On January 17, 2019, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Dalton Tomich client, the Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in its suit against Markham, Illinois. The suit raises several claims under the Religious Land Use Institutionalized Persons Act, […]

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Noel Sterett to Speak at 2019 NIFLA Legal Summit About RLUIPA Protections for Pregnancy Care Centers

  • February 8, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

In May, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (“NIFLA”) will be hosting its annual legal summit. NIFLA has asked Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett to present on how the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) can help pregnancy care ministries […]

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Racially Charged Religious Discrimination Prohibited Under RLUIPA

Although RLUIPA is mainly concerned with religious discrimination, racial animus towards a religious organization falls within the ambit of RLUIPA’s very broad protection. On February 7, 2019, the Fourth Circuit, citing the legislative history of RLUIPA, emphasized that “zoning board members or neighborhood residents explicitly offer race or […]

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Methodist Clergy and Staff Pensions are Safe Regardless of What Happens at the General Conference in February 2019

Other than “Who owns the property of a local church under the United Methodist Trust Clause?” the question looming largest in the minds of most Methodist clergy members is “What happens to my pension after the General Conference in February 2019?” The short answer is […]

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Major Religious Land Use Win in Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Dalton Tomich client, the Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in its suit against Markham, Illinois. Honorable Judges Easterbrook, Flaum, and Brennan all agreed that the district court was wrong to reject […]

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Supreme Court Rehears Important Property Rights Case with Implications for Religious Land Use Plaintiffs

  • January 17, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

Yesterday, the Supreme Court took the unusual step of having a second round of oral arguments in the case of Knick v. Scott Township. As we wrote in October 2018, the property owner in the Knick case has asked the Court to overrule its 1985 decision in Williamson County […]

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The United Methodist Church at a Crossroad

Since its creation in 1968, the United Methodist Church has struggled to define itself. 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 has […]

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