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Dan Dalton named a “Go-To” Real Estate Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications;; 248.260.8466 Detroit—July 26, 2021—Daniel Dalton, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, has been named a Michigan “Go-To” Lawyer for Real Estate by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The publication’s “Go-To” Lawyer honor spotlights Michigan lawyers who are […]

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How to Appeal EGLE’s Dock Permit Decision

A few months ago, we posted an article on when a riparian owner needs a dock permit for a Michigan inland lake or stream. As we said, those permits are issued by the Water Resources Division of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and […]

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With Openness Comes Accountability; Challenging a Rezoning Decision under the Open Meetings Act

It goes without saying that a neighboring property’s zoning classification can have a negative impact on the value of, and your ability to, enjoy your own property. If you recently found out that a property close to your home was the subject of a rezoning […]

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Court Holds Ministers Cannot Sue Their Employers for Hostile Work Environment

The First Amendment provides religious organizations the absolute right to choose their own ministers without government interference. The right is referred to as the ministerial exception and bars ministers from suing their religious employers for employment discrimination. The ministerial exception is based on the well-established […]

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The Right Response to Workplace Harassment Complaints

Michigan employees are protected from workplace harassment in both the private and public sectors through federal and state antidiscrimination statutes. Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act both recognize workplace harassment as a form employment discrimination. Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen’s […]

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8 Things To Know About Illinois Building Regulations

One of the leading news stories today is the tragic collapse of the condominium building in Surfside, Florida. As a result, a lot of attention has turned to building regulations. If you are an Illinois property owner, chances are you have had some sort of […]

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Help! My Neighbor is Flooding My Property!

Disputes between neighbors over the flow of water are nothing new. The water simply has to go somewhere, especially when there’s a lot of it. Recently, there’s been an increase in water issues caused by homes that have been “flipped.” When an old home is […]

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Illinois Appellate Court Rules that School Cannot Be Forced to Give Up Property Tax Exemption in Exchange for Zoning Approval

On June 25, 2021, the Illinois Appellate Court issued a significant decision affecting the property tax exemptions of Illinois not for profit organizations. The facts of Keystone Montessori School v. Village of River Forest date back over 20 years ago. At that time, the School […]

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Planning and Zoning Drawing

Arlington Heights Dangles Zoning Carrot to Lure Chicago Bears

Zoning and land use regulations have become one of the most powerful ways of controlling what goes on in a community or even on a specific piece of property. In many Illinois municipalities, planning commissions and zoning boards act as gatekeepers with significant power over […]

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MI COVID Rescission Order Leaves MIOSHA Rules Intact . . . For Now

On June 17, 2021, Michigan Governor Whitmer announced that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services would rescind many of the emergency orders as of June 22, 2021. The earlier than expected termination of the Coronavirus emergency orders have the effect of rescinding the […]

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