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Foreclosure Bill Package Passes State House and Senate

  • June 25, 2013
  • by Zana Tomich
  • Category: Banking

Michigan’s foreclosure bill package passed the Senate and House and will be presented to the Governor for signature in the days to come. The foreclosure bill package will likely be signed since the existing foreclosure prevention law sunsets on June 30, 2013. The bills are […]

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Make Sure to Read the Contract with Debt Consolidation Companies

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week affirmed that a universal truism applies to offers you might receive from a debt collection company to consolidate your debt payments: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In Bowie v. Clear Your […]

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Catholic Canon Law Can Save Parishes from Closure or Merger

Catholic dioceses around the nation, as well as in Detroit and Saginaw in Michigan, are moving to close parishes and merge others in order to streamline operations and save money in the face of a significant decrease in attendance. However, while traditional courts of law […]

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Cities Begin to Box Out Donation Collection Bins

It is about to get a little harder to find a collection bin where you can make a donation to those in need. Across Michigan and in a number of other states local governments are putting increased restrictions on the placement of donation collection bins […]

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Immunity issues with RLUIPA and other Federal Constitutional claims

A recent decision in Muslim Community Association v. Pittsfield, Township, Case No. 12-10893 (May 22, 2013) (US DC ED SD Mich) (Duggan, J.) addresses the interesting issue of absolute legislative and qualified immunity of elected officials in the context of religious land use case. By […]

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Federal Bar Webinar on Religious Land Use and Zoning (RLUIPA)

Interested in learing more about religious land use and zoning? Dan Dalton will be presenting a webinar for the Federal Bar Association on the topic. Click here to register and learn more: https://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/v?e=2E2CE9&c=39A70&l=2093167&email=JuzqispEhFg0xCa5R4MLiXeq%2BwoAh5FONyIeD9VsXLU%3D&relid=C6EC15A

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Texas Federal Court Finds Mobile Homeless Ministry Victim of TRFRA Violation

A federal court in Texas has determined that a local ordinance that restricted when and where a number of religious organizations could temporarily serve meals to homeless persons as part of the organizations’ ministry violated the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“TRFRA”). In an opinion […]

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RLUIPA Claim by Ranch Owner Seeking to Build Chapel Not Ripe for Review

In a decision last week from the Eastern District of California, the Court dismissed a RLUIPA claim asserted by a ranch owner who was prohibited from building a private chapel on his property, finding that his claim was not ripe for review. In Anselmo v. […]

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RLUIPA Claim by Ranch Owner Seeking to Build Chapel Not Ripe for Review

In a decision last week from the Eastern District of California, the Court dismissed a RLUIPA claim asserted by a ranch owner who was prohibited from building a private chapel on his property, finding that his claim was not ripe for review. In Anselmo v. […]

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Speaking about Land Use and Zoning

In the past five days, I have been in Nashville, Tennessee and Scottsdale, Arizona speaking to attorneys about land use and zoning litigation. In general, most attorneys who practice in this area of the law have seen a modest upswing in development from both a […]

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