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The guide for local Methodist Churches waiting on the UMC General Conference in September 2021

We have exciting news to announce.  Our free guide to local churches who are evaluating what to do while waiting on the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in September 2021 is now available. We know this issue can be confusing. That’s why we […]

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Florida Church Secures Right to Operate Religious Transition Homes and $160,000 in Settlement with Wakulla County

Today, a federal court in Tallahassee, Fla., entered a final consent decree allowing Dalton & Tomich client, City Walk-Urban Mission, to expand its transition home ministry in Wakulla County. The order was entered pursuant to a settlement the County and City Walk had agreed to […]

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Students for Religious Liberty at the University of Chicago to Host Panel on Litigating Religious Liberty

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, I will have the honor of speaking with law students at the University of Chicago about the joys and challenges of litigating religious liberty cases. I will be on a panel with two esteemed religious liberty litigators, Mark Rienzi, the […]

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Happy RLUIPA Day!

This Tuesday, September 22, 2020, will be the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton signing into law the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, also known as RLUIPA. The law was passed by a unanimous Congress to enforce, by statutory right, four different constitutional prohibitions […]

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Dalton & Tomich attorneys land on 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Star lists

  • September 18, 2020
  • by Emily
  • Category: Firm News

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—September 18, 2020—Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomichis pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list. Dan […]

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A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center Settles Land Use Suit with Raleigh, N.C.

Today, Dalton & Tomich client A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center dismissed its lawsuit against the City of Raleigh, N.C. after the parties reached a settlement agreement. Attorney Noel Sterett filed the federal lawsuit in 2016 after the Raleigh City Council disregarded the recommendations […]

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Dalton + Tomich attorneys to present national webinar covering zoning and land use laws on September 24

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—September 15, 2020—Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomichwill present a live, interactive webinar on Zoning and Land Laws for Civil Engineers and Professional Surveyorson Thursday, September 24.  […]

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Vested Rights to Nonconforming Uses under Michigan Zoning Laws

When a landowner uses his or her property in a way that becomes contrary to a newly adopted or amended zoning ordinance, the ability of that landowner to continue the prior use is frequently questioned and challenged. From a legal standpoint, any use consistent with […]

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Dalton & Tomich PLC presents, “Zoning and Land Use Laws for Civil Engineers and Professional Surveyors,” webinar on September 24, 2020

The professionals at Dalton & Tomich PLC are pleased to announce that they will be presenting an introductory webinar of zoning and land use law with HalfMoon Education Inc., on September 24, 2020.  While its focus is on engineers and surveyors, the information is relevant […]

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Damages in Trespass Cases

  • September 2, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski
  • Category: Firm News

As a firm that deals with land use and property rights, the issue of trespass comes up often with clients. A common question regarding trespass claims is “what damages are available?” This is a fair question. When considering whether to begin a lawsuit, many clients […]

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