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Types of Fraud Under Michigan Law

There are four types of fraud under Michigan law. In this video, litigation attorney Alex Reuter discusses each type amd its definition, requirements and exceptions. The four types of fraud under Michigan law are: fraudulent misrepresentation, innocent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and silent fraud. If you […]

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Noel Sterett to Argue Important Health Care Right of Conscience Case Before 2nd Dist. Appellate Court of Illinois

On January 28, 2020, I will argue a key health care right of conscience case before the 2nd District Appellate Court of Illinois. My client, Sandra Rojas, is a pediatric nurse who worked at the Winnebago County Health Clinic for eighteen years. In 2014, the […]

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Dalton + Tomich attorney applies Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) to obtain dismissal in Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church v. The City of Lenexa lawsuit

Church allowed to operate a temporary homeless shelter as part of its rightful property use; resolution prompts update to city code Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—January 9, 2020—The recent settlementbetween the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church and […]

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United Methodist Church’s proposed plan for denominational splits should spur all local Methodist churches to action

United Methodist Church’s proposed plan for denominational splits should spur all local Methodist churches to action, says attorney who wrote the book on religious land use Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—January 6, 2020–Daniel P. Dalton, a religious […]

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How Can I Win Planning Commission Approval?

Winning a recommendation of approval from a local planning commission comes down to a few key areas, as planning commission veteran and land use and zoning attorney Larry Opalewski explains in this video. Tips to help you win planning commission approval: Prepare a thorough and […]

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How Do Courts Enforce Restrictive Covenants or Deed Restrictions?

Restrictive covenants, sometimes called “deed restrictions,” restrict the free use of land and are generally disfavored by courts. They are however generally enforceable, as Detroit-based land use and zoning attorney Larry Opalewski explains in this video. Key facts about restrictive covenants or deed restriction enforcement […]

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How to evaluate the proposed separation plan of the United Methodist Church as applied to your local church.

On Friday January 3, 2020, the leaders of separate movements within the United Methodist Church published an agreement which provided the broad concepts of what a proposed separation of the Methodist denomination will look like if a proposed plan of separation is approved at the […]

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The Gap in the Methodist Plan of Separation

Today, the Council of Bishops released a press report and published a proposed separation plan for the United Methodist Church. The proposal, attached here and endorsed by several key leaders on three sides of the table, provides the following: Traditionalist Churches may leave the United […]

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Addressing Homeless Ministries through RLUIPA: Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church v. The City of Lenexa, Kansas

Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church (“Shawnee Mission Church” or “Church”) has a long and proud history of ministering to the poorest and most vulnerable populations of Lenexa, Kansas and the greater Johnson County area. Over the last several years, the Church has advanced their ministry […]

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Selling the Successful Small Business: 7 Things To Do To Prepare For The Sale

As a small business owner and business lawyer at Dalton & Tomich, PLC, I can attest that owning and running a small business is not for the faint at heart.  Selling one isn’t either. Selling a small business is not something one can do on […]

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