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Donation Bins: resolving a community ban on bins through cooperation

In December 2011, the City of Plano, Illinois adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich wrote a letter to the city […]

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Donation Bins: Lake Station, Indiana and a new Donation Bin Ordinance

In May 2014, the City of Lake Station, Indiana adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins run by for-profit companies and non-local companies. While these donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters, recycling bins, and local charitable donation bins were not […]

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Donation Bins: Free Speech and Bin Bans in Corona, California

In May 2012, the City of Corona, California adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the ordinance on […]

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Donation Bins: Addressing a clothing and shoe donation bin ban in Ashland, Massachusetts

In June 2016, the Town of Ashland, Massachusetts created and enforced a policy that banned clothing donation bins from the town. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the […]

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Donation Bins: Resolving a clothing donation bin ban in Alhambra, California

In July 2013, the City of Alhambra, California adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the ordinance on […]

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“The Field” Announces Kickoff Event for Food Entrepreneurs

Food businesses are booming in Detroit, and Dalton & Tomich is happy to be planting the seeds of future success for local food entrepreneurs. We have been representing an increasing number of food-related businesses in the city, and as part of our effort to encourage […]

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Special Exceptions under Pennsylvania law

Servant’s Oasis (“Plaintiff”) is a non-denominational ministry “that exists to rescue, refresh and grow God’s people.” Servant’s Oasis sought to develop a religious retreat that would sit on three contiguous parcels of land located in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania (the “Property”), of which approximately 153 acres […]

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Religious Worship in Residential Homes: Is it an Accessory Use or Change of Use?

  In many religious denominations, churches have their members form  bible studies or small groups where members meet on a weekly basis to form a community within the church.  These matters generally do not raise a concern for communities.  However, when a home church starts […]

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Airbnb Brings First Amendment Challenge to San Francisco Ordinance

The popular house and apartment rental website Airbnb is suing its hometown of San Francisco over an ordinance which Airbnb claims violates its First Amendment rights. Recently, San Francisco amended the portion of its code dealing with short-term rentals in the City. The new ordinance […]

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Ripeness: Determining when a land use case can be filed.

Sheri Torah, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) is a religious corporation that operates a yeshiva, a Jewish religious school. Yeshivas are part of the religious practice of Hasidic Jews, whose faith requires full-time instruction of children in schools within walking distance of their homes. In 2008, Plaintiff entered […]

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