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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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What is a Quiet Title Action in Michigan Property Law?

Every Michigan property owner should have an understanding of the legal concept known as “quiet title.” This can be especially true for owners of Michigan lakefront and other waterfront property, but could apply to any property owner. Property ownership has many benefits. But sometimes complications […]

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Attorney Larry Opalewski Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Third Year in a Row

We are pleased to announce that attorney Larry Opalewski has been selected as a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in the area of general litigation. This honor signifies excellence in the practice of law and is awarded to no more than 2.5% of […]

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More details on the Methodist Disaffiliation Plan

The Judicial Council, the Supreme Court of The United Methodist Church, held that the legislation adopted by the General Conference in February 2019 providing a path for churches to leave the denomination is constitutional. There is now a path out of the denomination for local […]

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Federal Court Says Stop Work Orders and Other Non-Zoning Processes Are Land Use Regulations Subject to RLUIPA

  • April 25, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

As its name suggests, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. 2000cc et seq., governs how religious land uses may be regulated. Therefore, a threshold question for every type of claim under RLUIPA is whether a land use regulation is even […]

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Is the Supreme Court Preparing to Reconsider Key Case Which Led to Enactment of RLUIPA?

  • April 15, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

The United States Supreme Court may be poised to reconsider or even overrule one of its landmark free exercise cases–Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990). A more recent case out of Oregon, Klein v. Oregon Bureau of […]

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An interesting perspective on splitting the United Methodist Church

Much has been written since the St. Louis General Conference on the reasons for the United Methodist Church to remain together or to separate.  I commend to you this article outlining the reasons why the denomination should split. If you wish to read more about […]

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Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest Supporting Hope Lutheran Church

  • March 19, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

This morning the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in support of Dalton & Tomich client Hope Lutheran Church in its religious land use case against St. Ignace, Michigan. The Department of Justice files statements of interest when it determines that a case […]

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