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How to Acquire an On-Premises Liquor License

In Michigan, restaurants, bars, and other establishment that sell liquor are regulated by state and local agencies. Like most states, Michigan created its liquor control commission after prohibition ended in 1933. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (“MLCC”) regulates liquor licenses in the state, distributes new […]

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Tiny Houses and Religious Land Use

  • May 25, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Recently, the Detroit News and the Nashville Tennessean profiled the recent phenomenon of tiny houses that are being built for the homeless population by religious institutions in Detroit, Michigan and Nashville, Tennessee. Built at a fraction of the cost of a new home, and primarily […]

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3 things to know about the United Methodist Church trust clause

While many local congregations within the United Methodist Church have reached the decision point that they can no longer be a part of the denomination, the question they are asking is whether they can leave and retain ownership of their real and personal property.  The […]

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Attorney Katharine Brink Harrison promoted to senior associate

Grosse Pointe Park resident is an integral part of Dalton & Tomich’s national leadership in land use cases supporting churches, mosques and other religious institutions DETROIT (May 2, 2017) – Land use and business law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC announced the promotion of attorney […]

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Are Unpaid Interns Legal?

As  summer approaches, the season of interns is also on the horizon. While college students comprise of the typical intern class, many recent graduates, or students in post-graduate programs who are finding the job market competitive, offer to work as unpaid interns to gain experience […]

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

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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Homeowner Association Acts within Authority of Bylaws

Homeowner associations are fairly common throughout Michigan and the United States.  They are typically private associations formed by a developer who plats a subdivision to manage the development, and to enforce the restrictive covenants recorded to benefit and burden the land. They are also used […]

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A RLUIPA Win: The American Islamic Community Center will build a Mosque in Sterling Heights, Michigan

As reported in the New York Times, in a significant win for the Muslim community in Detroit, and for religious freedom throughout the United States, the American Islamic Community Center (“AICC”) has settled its lawsuit with the City of Sterling Heights. The AICC brought a […]

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A RLUIPA WIN: North Jersey Vineyard Church v. South Hackensack Township, New Jersey.

The North Jersey Vineyard Church is pleased to announce that it has settled its lawsuit with the Township of South Hackensack, New Jersey resulting in the Township approving its site plan, allowing it to use its building at 310 Phillips for religious assembly and paying […]

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A Free Speech Win for Donation Bin Operators: U’SAgain v. Crest Hills, Illinois

Dalton & Tomich PLC is pleased to announce a recent victory protecting the rights of donation bin operators in a federal lawsuit wherein it represented U’SAgain against the City of Crest Hills, Illinois. The City of Crest Hills recently adopted a zoning ordinance which completely […]

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