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Court Orders Connecticut Borough To Tax Residents to Pay Major Attorney Fee Award in RLUIPA Case

  • June 24, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Civil rights litigation is vitally important. But it is neither easy nor cheap. It is often a war of attrition between a plaintiff with limited resources and a taxpayer-funded government defendant. In light of this funding imbalance, many government defendants fight even the most meritorious […]

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Know your (water) rights before purchasing that lakefront home

  • June 23, 2020
  • by Emily

Land use attorney highlights eight considerations when buying waterfront property Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 23, 2020—Outdoor recreation seekers are flocking to the water now that summer is here and states have begun relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, […]

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Protestant denominational splits continue as churches make plans to separate from Reformed Church in America and Christian Reform Church

  • June 18, 2020
  • by Emily

Religious property attorney outlines key legal areas of contention in separations Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 18, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney, co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich,and author of an eBook about protocols for […]

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Court of Appeals Allows Docks and Mooring of Boats in Private Park

  • June 16, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

One of the more common issues when discussing riparian rights is whether access to a privately dedicated park includes the right to access the water and erect docks. While certain legal principles control the analysis, each case is decided on its own facts. Recently, the […]

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The Reality of Racism and Zoning, Part II

  • June 5, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

My partner Daniel Dalton just published a blog entitled The Reality of Racism and Zoning. His blog touches on how we, as a law firm, have seen race play a role in zoning. He highlights how municipal zoning policies have been used as a means […]

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The Reality of Racism and Zoning

  • June 5, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The news of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor is now part of the collective conscious of America.  The senseless deaths has brought the reality of racism into our lives and shaken us to a core. Racism is not new in zoning. Studies have confirmed […]

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A Legal Guide for Reopening Places of Worship

  • June 5, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Places of worship all across the country are eager to reopen but are struggling with how and when they can do so. Based on our experience working with congregations in different states, we have put to together this quick guide to help them understand their […]

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Local Churches Prevail over Denominational Trust Clause Claims

  • May 25, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

For those following the issues of enforceability of the Methodist and Reformed Church claims of trust over property, the Texas Supreme Court issued and opinion on May 22,2020 striking a blow to denominations and freeing local congregations who wish to retain their property and leave […]

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Federal Court of Appeals Rejects Illinois Churches’ Emergency Request for an Injunction

  • May 18, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order indicating that two Illinois churches are unlikely to succeed in their efforts to challenge Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order which limits gatherings to no more than ten people. By way of background, […]

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Dalton & Tomich files lawsuit against Wakulla County, Florida on behalf of City Walk – Urban Mission

  • May 6, 2020
  • by Emily

Lawsuit seeks to secure City Walk’s right under RLUIPA to continue ministry open to registered sex offenders Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com ; 815.997.7221 Detroit —- May 6, 2020—Noel Sterett, a religious liberty attorney and partner at the law […]

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