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RLUIPA at 10 years: Yes, the Law is Needed

Last week, in conjunction with the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the passage of the RLUIPA, the Department of Justice prepared a timely report on the Tenth Anniversary of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and frequently asked questions with an answer […]

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Conditional Land Use Requirements and RLUIPA

In Arnold v. Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Bd. Of Adjustment, No. 2008-CA-001850-MR, 2010 WL 668664 (Ky. App. Feb. 26, 2010), plaintiffs appealed the Circuit Court’s opinion and order affirming the determination of the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Board of Adjustment granting a conditional land use permit to the Versailles […]

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A New Day

  • October 3, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: Firm News

Yes, it has been quite a while since my last blog entry. Since the last entry, I successfully completed a land use trial in Detroit, Michigan; started a new law firm with some very talented and wonderful attorneys, and continued to work on religious land […]

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Historic Verdict Secured in Landmark Case

It has been nearly a month since I last posted a blog entry. The reason is that I have been preparing for, than appearing at, a significant land use trial in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan before the Honorable […]

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Endowments and the Church

Endowments have been in the news recently with respect to religious institutions invading the principal to sustain their ministries. So what is an endowment and in general, what rules need to be followed with respect to them?

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Why RLUIPA Matters

  • June 21, 2010
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Since January, 2010, I have flown 30256 around the United States helping religious entities in religious land use disputes. And this weekend I was reminded why RLUIPA matters at the Becket Funds’ Annual Dinner for Religious Freedom.

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10th Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms the Rocky Mountain Christian Church Jury Verdict.

In a unanimous decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict, finding that sufficient evidence was presented at trial to justify the jury’s determination that the denial of the Church’s special use application violated the equal terms provision of the Religious Land […]

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Defamation and the Clergy

To what extent the pastor is protected from slander claims that might come out of an exchange that recently took place during a meeting of church members?

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Does RLUIPA apply to Historic Preservation Designations?

In reaction to the loss of several important buildings within larger metropolitan areas in the 1950’s, communities throughout the nation began grassroots efforts aimed at providing a legal mechanism to protect local significant historic resources.

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Historic Preservation and Special Use Permits

In World Outreach Conference Center v. City of Chicago and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church v. City of Peoria, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Case Nos. 08-4167; 09-2142 (Decided December 30, 2009) a consolidated appeal, the cases involve the application of substantial burden in […]

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