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California City to Pay $2.3 Million to Settle RLUIPA Suit

The City of San Leandro, California has agreed to a settlement agreement in which it will pay the International Church of Foursquare Gospel $2.3 million in order to end its five-year litigation with the Church. The case had worked its way through the Ninth Circuit […]

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California City to Pay $2.3 Million to Settle RLUIPA Suit

The City of San Leandro, California has agreed to a settlement agreement in which it will pay the International Church of Foursquare Gospel $2.3 million in order to end its five-year litigation with the Church. The case had worked its way through the Ninth Circuit […]

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Second Circuit Affirms RLUIPA Decision in Favor of NY Church

On September 24, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2010 decision that found a New York town violated the constitutional rights of a Pentecostal church that owned property in the Town, effectively ending the fourteen-year saga between the parties. In 1998, Fortress Bible […]

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Second Circuit Affirms RLUIPA Decision in Favor of NY Church

On September 24, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2010 decision that found a New York town violated the constitutional rights of a Pentecostal church that owned property in the Town, effectively ending the fourteen-year saga between the parties. In 1998, Fortress Bible […]

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Changes to Power of Attorney Act Require Acknowledgement

Recent changes to Michigan’s Power of Attorney laws, require a Durable Power of Attorney drafted after October 1, 2012, to have the designated attorney or agent to execute an acknowledgment of legal responsibilities before exercising authority under each individual durable power of attorney. The statute […]

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Dan Dalton and Zana Tomich named to Super Lawyers 2012

  • September 18, 2012
  • by Admin
  • Category: Firm News

Dan Dalton was recently named as a 2012 Super Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning, while Zana Tomich was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business/Corporate. Super Lawyers is an annual publication that showcases and recognizes attorneys for their professional achievements and demonstrates that […]

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Level One Bank is to acquire Oxford Bank

  • September 17, 2012
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: Banking

Congratulations to our client, Level One Bank for its acquistion of Oxford Bank. As reported in Crain's Detroit Business: Farmington Hills-based Level One Bancorp Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that it has entered into an agreement to buy the stock of Oxford Bank Corp. (OTCBB: OXBC), […]

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Sixth Circuit Reverses Verdict for Property Owner Against City of Frankenmuth

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that the City of Frankenmuth did not violate the constitutional rights of a property owner who was trying to sell property to Walmart before the City intentionally wrote an ordinance that excluded large businesses. In Loesel v. […]

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Ripeness and RLUIPA

An August 2012 opinion out of the Southern District of Ohio provides a recent warning to all churches in the midst of the land use and zoning process not to ignore the specifics of local zoning law from the outset as you go about plans […]

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RLUIPA trial begins October 9: the Academy of Our Lady of Peace v. City of San Diego

  • September 3, 2012
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

San Diego – The Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California, has set a trial date of October 9, 2012 in the case of Academy of Our Lady of Peace v. City of San Diego, a precedent-setting […]

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