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Court rules Chabad renovation should move forward after denial of Certificate of Appropriateness

  • September 18, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In the summer of 2017, the law firm of Dalton & Tomich, PLC was retained, and successfully litigated, a decade old case through trial in the United States District Court in New Haven, Connecticut on behalf of Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County. The Chabad sued […]

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

  • September 8, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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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Dalton & Tomich, PLC help a local church leave a denomination and keep its property

  • June 13, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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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The Supreme Court declines to hear Church Property Rights Cases

  • June 12, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As noted previously, the United States Supreme Court had two cases before it where it had the opportunity to provide a clear direction in the law on denominational trust clause cases and guidance on the ownership of Church property. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied […]

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Religious liberty champion attorney Noel W. Sterett joins Dalton & Tomich, PLC, opens Illinois office

  • June 5, 2018
  • by Admin

Sterett has successfully defended the rights of congregations across the country, recently co-authored guide to help church leaders navigate RLUIPA, land use litigation process Attorney Noel W. Sterett has joined the law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC. Sterett focuses his practice on the defense of […]

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Challenging the Methodist Trust Clause: Mead Community Church v. The Pacific Northwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

  • December 1, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Established in the 1880’s, Mead Community Church is a small church near Spokane, Washington who desires to follow orthodox biblical theology that has been confirmed in the United Methodist Book of Discipline for the past 40 years.  Unfortunately, Mead Church is located within the Methodist […]

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What qualifies as a “Religious Institution” under RLUIPA

  • November 26, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The issue of defining the term “religious institution” and determining whether an entity is a religious institution under RLUIPA (the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act) is a question not frequently raised but important to consider in the context of a religious land use […]

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RLUIPA case settlement allows Minnesota church to operate tiny house as part of homeless ministry

  • October 5, 2017
  • by Admin

A Minnesota church has favorably settled its RLUIPA lawsuit against the City of St. Cloud over plans to operate a tiny house to shelter a homeless person. St. John’s Episcopal Church wanted to place a 132-square-foot “tiny house” on its property to house one homeless […]

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Religious Land Use Litigation – It’s more than another case

  • April 17, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

This past Friday I attended services at the Church I grew up and attended for nearly 30 years. This is the place where I was baptized, confirmed, attended eight years of elementary school then four years of high school at an affiliated school, was married […]

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Charity’s For-Profit Subsidiary Not Exempt from Property Tax

  • December 19, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Last month, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Trinity Health-Warde Lab, LLC v. Township of Pittsfield, 2016 Mich. App. Lexis 2026, Case No. 328092, which disallowed a for-profit laboratory to utilize the tax-exempt status of its charitable parent corporation when it itself […]

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