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Raising Capital in the Restaurant Industry

Clients often come to us with a great restaurant, or business, concept, ready to form their company, but with only a small percentage of the money needed to bring their idea to fruition. The first of many questions is often, how do we get funding? […]

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Dan Dalton and Larry Opalewski Speak on Sign Regulation at Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference

On March 22, 2016, Dan Dalton and Larry Opalewski spoke at the Michigan Municipal League’s Capital Conference. The topic of the presentation was the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert and its impact on municipal sign ordinances. Patrick Sloan of McKenna […]

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The Second Edition of Litigating Religious Land Use Cases

When first approached to write a book about Litigating Religious Land Use Cases in 2010, my initial reaction was how hard can it be to write a book.  You simply collect your thoughts and put them together into a package that is both interesting and helpful.  Two years […]

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Work For Hire: What it is and Why it Matters

Work Made for Hire (or Work for Hire) is a long established doctrine that provides some exceptions to general Copyright law, which provide an author or creator of written work automatic copyright protection in his or her work. When an employee is hired for a […]

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Legal Issues Involving the Sale of Waterfront Property

If you have been given the task from a buyer to find him or her waterfront property to purchase and build a residential home, it is very important for the buyer of land to have a basic understanding of water rights. This is a state […]

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2016 National Land Conference, Realtor Land Institute, Dallas, Texas

I want to thank the Realtor Land Institute for inviting me to speak at the 2016 National Land Conference in Dallas, Texas this weekend.  The Realtor Land Institute provides training and resources to commercial real estate brokers throughout the United States. This year’s program covered […]

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Are On-Premises and Off-Premises Distinctions Unconstitutional?

Under a recent federal court ruling, an ordinance distinguishing between on-premises and off-premises billboards is subject to strict scrutiny. While this is not the majority rule yet, this ruling has the potential to impact thousands of ordinances across the country. Last year, the Supreme Court […]

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Andon v. City of Newport News and the Role of Risk in RLUIPA Substantial Burden Calculus

As the saying goes, sometimes we need to risk it to get the biscuit. Little progress would be made if mankind allowed the potential for failure to discourage otherwise worthy undertakings. Unfortunately for religious institutions, the Fourth Circuit in Andon v. City of Newport News […]

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Civil RICO Claims, Mars Hills Church and the Church

It has been reported that two former families who attended and gave tithes and offerings to the former Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington are suing its former Pastor, Mark Driscoll, and several others alleging federal civil RICO claims. Is there a viable civil RICO […]

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Does RLUIPA Protect Churches Against Eminent Domain Proceedings?

In recent years, several states have announced plans to begin constructing high-speed railway systems within their borders in an effort to create more efficient means of travel. These plans have begun to cause concern for private landowners who worry the states may resort to condemning […]

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