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Coronavirus Impact: How to Reduce Impact on Employees

There does not seem to be any industry or part of life that has not been impacted by the now global pandemic known as Coronavirus.  With all the state and federal mandated closures, so many small and medium sized businesses are impacted by the virus, […]

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Recovery of Surplus Money after Foreclosure

  • March 16, 2020
  • by Alex Reuter
  • Category: Firm News

For property owners in Michigan facing foreclosure, the prospect of being entitled to money can seem like a hard-to-believe reality. But the truth is, many property owners are not aware of a clear, yet under-utilized, statutory provision that could help some redeem their homes. As […]

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Illinois Appellate Court rules against Winnebago County, upholds protections of the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act and the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act in ongoing case filed by County pediatric nurse

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com; 815.997.7221 Rockford, Illinois —March 9, 2020—Noel Sterett, a religious liberty attorney and partner  in the Rockford, Illinois office of Detroit-based law firm Dalton + Tomich,announced a favorable decision on Friday, March 6 from the […]

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Noel W. Sterett named a partner at Dalton & Tomich

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—March 4, 2020—Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich, co-founders of Detroit-based land use and business law firm Dalton + Tomich,are pleased to announce attorney Noel W. Sterett has been named a partner. Based in […]

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Federal Court Denies Government’s Attempt to Dismiss Church’s RLUIPA Lawsuit

A federal court sided with a church that wants to build a bigger facility in Prince George County, Maryland (the “County”). After purchasing four parcels, the church was confronted with a two-step development process. Step One – Where the Church Faced Denial: The first step […]

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Court of Appeals Overturns Variance for Cell Tower

Any attorney who has appealed a land use or zoning decision in Michigan knows that courts are hesitant to overturn the decisions of local ZBAs or planning commissions. One recent case gives a roadmap of what a successful challenge to a local planning decision can […]

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The 10 things to know about the Separation Protocol of the United Methodist Church

On February 27, 2020, the UMC African Initiative issued a press release indicating that the clergy and lay leadership of the three Central Conferences of the United Methodist Church met in South Africa and voted to support the Separation Protocol legislation with three relatively minor […]

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  • February 26, 2020
  • by Zana Tomich
  • Category: Firm News

A recent case by the Michigan Court of Appeals demonstrates the consequences of failing to keep corporate records in check.  In Touchwerx, Inc. v. Dynics, Inc., a Michigan Court of Appeals case, a merger that was endorsed by the State, but not fully effectuated by […]

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Beyond the collection basket: religious property attorney looks at financial implications of staying with – or separating from – the United Methodist Church

Plus, commercial real estate considerations of prime church properties Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—February 20, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney, co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich,and author of a new eBook about protocols for the […]

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Interesting Land Use Provisions of the Illinois Religious Corporation Act

In Illinois, there is a very old and little-known law called the Religious Corporation Act of 1872 (805 ILCS 110 et seq.). The Act is still on the books and affords religious congregations an alternative way of incorporating. If a congregation does not want to […]

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