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In our April 15, 2019 blog post, we discussed a petition for review that was pending before the United States Supreme Court. The petition was filed in the case of Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and it involved two bakers who claimed […]

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The degree of a “Prevailing Party” for Attorney Fees in a RLUIPA action argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Today we argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City  the issue of how much success must a party have to be a “prevailing party,” to secure attorney fees recoverable under RLUIPA. The United States District Court held below that under […]

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The Three Types of Nuisance Claims Under Michigan Law

In everyday conversation it is not uncommon to hear, “he’s just being a nuisance,” or, “that is such a nuisance.” But what actually is a nuisance? More specifically, when does a person’s (or entity’s) conduct become so inappropriate that it rises to the level necessary […]

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Lake Access for Michigan Back-Lot Owners

If you own property on an in-land Michigan lake, you typically enjoy riparian rights to that lake. You can read more about riparian rights here and here. But what about back-lot property owners on an in-land lake? Are back-lot owners completely shut out of lake […]

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Appellate Lawyers Association’s Annual 7th Circuit Roundtable Luncheon a Success

Yesterday, summer associate Thomas Philbrick and I were honored to attend the Appellate Lawyers Association’s Annual Roundtable Luncheon with the Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The event took place at the Union League Club in Chicago on May […]

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Federal Court Rules Hope Lutheran Church’s RLUIPA Equal Terms Claim May Proceed

This week, United States District Court Judge Paul Maloney upheld Hope Lutheran Church’s Equal Terms claim under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the City of St. Ignace. The decision is an important win for the Church in its case to […]

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More liquor licenses could be coming to Detroit, but getting one may still be complicated

A total of 63 new Detroit liquor licenses could be issued, according to a recent article by Crain’s Detroit Business. I had the pleasure of chatting with reporter Kurt Nagl about the development. While this is good news for bars and restaurants hoping to attain […]

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What to Know Before Signing a Letter of Intent for a Lease

You’ve spent hours upon hours researching property listings. You’ve spent untold weekends looking at spaces. Finally, you’ve found the perfect place to rent for your business. Congratulations! At this point, you may be tempted to dive right in. But before you take the first official […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear RLUIPA Equal-Terms Case

The United States Supreme Court recently had the opportunity to address several important questions regarding the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) in Tree of Life Christian Schools v. Upper Arlington, Ohio. However, today the Court unfortunately declined to hear the case. This […]

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Business, land use and commercial litigation attorney Alexander Reuter joins Dalton & Tomich, PLC

Reuter will represent businesses, property owners and religious organizations in specialty practices areas including commercial litigation, riparian rights and religious land use and zoning Alexander Reuter DETROIT – Dalton & Tomich, PLC today announced attorney Alexander Reuter has joined the firm. Reuter is a passionate […]

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