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Can a Municipality Waive Its Right to Enforce a Zoning Ordinance?

Sometimes, property owners will be aware that their use of a property is not compliant with local ordinances. But not all municipalities enforce their ordinances in the same time or in the same manner. If enforcement does not occur right away, some property owners may […]

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Do all Land Sale Contracts have to be in Writing?

Michigan has longstanding law that requires certain agreements or contracts be in writing to be considered legally enforceable.  This is known as the statute of frauds.  The land sale contracts and certain lease agreements are included under this statute of frauds, which require these types […]

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Bayshore Christian School wins its case against the Board of Trustees of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Inc.

On Thursday, February 9, 2023, a Hillsborough County (Tampa), Florida jury reached a verdict and found for Bayshore Christian School in its long pending litigation against the Board of Trustees of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The case, Board of Trustees […]

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How to Deal with a Member Who Wants Out of an LLC in Michigan?

When two or more people go into business together, there’s always a risk that one or more owners will want out. And when that happens, it’s not only because the owners get into an irreconcilable dispute. If the business goes on long enough, life circumstances, […]

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Nonprofits, Beware of the Property Tax Audit

  • February 7, 2023
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: Nonprofits

Few things are scarier to a nonprofit organization than an audit. Not even the most well-run and tax-compliant nonprofits want government agents taking a microscope to their corporate and financial records. And while most worry about an IRS audit, nonprofits should also beware of a […]

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Direct Pay for Tax Exempt Entities making Renewable Energy Investment

The Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”) was signed into law on August 16, 2022. Despite the legislation’s name, it’s primarily a green energy bill that allocates $369 billion to fighting climate change by incentivizing a clean energy economy.One of the most significant aspects of the IRA […]

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Can a Zoning Ordinance be a Prior Restraint on Free Speech?

  • January 13, 2023
  • by Lawrence Opalewski
  • Category: Firm News

One of our practice areas as a firm is to challenge unlawful zoning ordinances. There are a number of ways a zoning ordinance could be unlawful, one of which is by being a “prior restraint” on First Amendment free speech. Courts are usually hesitant to […]

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WE HAVE CHANGED OUR TERMS – Why you should read the fine print

“We have changed our terms.”  How often do you get this pop-up or email? It seems like companies, services, and platforms are constantly changing their terms. Now—answer honestly. How often do you read those changed terms or the fine print of any contract, whether in original […]

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Twists & Turns of Confronting Zoning Ordinances Demonstrated in Old Mission Peninsula

A group of wineries located in Michigan’s Peninsula Township sued the Township in October 2020, in federal court.  The case, Wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula v. Peninsula Township, is a result after long ongoing negotiations and conflict over zoning ordinances. The lawsuit concerns constitutional challenges […]

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6 Legal Issues Michigan Businesses Need to Stay on Top of in 2023

  • January 6, 2023
  • by Zana Tomich
  • Category: Firm News

The new year always ushers in new legal obligations and risks for Michigan businesses, and 2023 is no exception. Here are six legal issues—in some cases, new laws—that require businesses’ attention this year. As you’ll learn, certain new laws have already taken effect, which means […]

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