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Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies Direct vs. Derivative Claim Standard in Murphy v. Inman

When a corporate shareholder alleges harm due to acts or omissions by corporate officers and directors, the question of whether the shareholder must bring a “direct” or “derivative” claim often arises. A direct claim asserts that the defendants harmed the shareholder. Derivative claims, on the […]

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First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda, Florida announces separation from the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Punta Gorda, Fla. — June 8, 2022 — 1st United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda, located at 507 W. Marion Avenuein Punta Gorda, announced its plans t0 leave the United Methodist Church and form a new church, New Life in Christ, at its present location. […]

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Can You Expand an Easement by Prescription?

Most property owners in Michigan will come across easements at some point. As we know, an easement is the right to use someone else’s property for a specific purpose. Sometimes easements can be overused for purposes that were not originally intended. For example, maybe an […]

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Court orders City of St. Pete Beach to pay $250,000+ of church’s attorney fees in case involving church’s provision of free parking

In violation of federal law, city sought to forbid Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church from allowing the public to park for free in its private lot near the beach   Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett, nsterett@daltontomich.com, 815-986-8050 St. Pete Beach, Fla.—April 27, […]

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The Potential Benefits of Treating Your Companies as a “Controlled Group” Come with Legal Risks

In general, for a company that offers its employees health insurance benefits, the more employees there, the lower the premium costs are per employee. So if a business owner owns more than one business, it might be tempting to try to bundle all the people […]

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Supreme Court Unified on Strength of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act

If you only pay attention to the hot-button cases that make the nightly news, you may think the Supreme Court is deeply divided in most of its cases. This is simply not true. The Supreme Court issues far more unanimous decisions than 5-to-4 decisions. One […]

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Will Upcoming Changes from Credit Reporting Agencies on Medical Debt Actually Make Things Worse?

Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, recently announced that as of July 1, 2022, they will make changes to the way medical collection debt is reported. These changes may provide some initial benefits to consumers. But it’s unclear whether they […]

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5 Scenarios Where it’s Critical to Call Your Business Attorney

We may not always like it, but us business attorneys know that you business owners are often out there wheelin’ and dealin’ with handshakes and a hope for the best, and in many cases that works out okay. We would like you to more frequently […]

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Why hire an experienced Religious Property Dispute attorney when leaving the United Methodist Church.

In complicated situations involving a religious property dispute, you may wish to avoid the risk of losing your property and ministry by relying on an illusory promise of help “someday” for some entity. The same is true for those seeking to use “free” legal services […]

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The unfounded “unfunded pension liability” claim of UMC Annual Conferences

The factual basis for the statements of this video are below: The pension plans are fully funded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV4hkxV-rMM Bishop Scott Jones video to the Texas Annual Conference, minute 1:01-1:03 Explanation that exit payments will not necessarily be used by Conferences to pay pensions: https://www.wespath.org/assets/1/7/5641.pdf page […]

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