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Same-Sex Marriage Cases Before Supreme Court This Week

This week promises to drive much attention to the U.S. Supreme Court, as the nine justices will hear oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday on a pair of same-sex marriage cases that have drawn the eyes and ears of legal observers across the country. On Tuesday, […]

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Federal Courts Split on Whether Contraceptive Mandate Provision Puts Substantial Burden on Religious Exercise

The mandate that businesses provide contraceptive coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) or face substantial fines has led to more than 50 lawsuits against the federal government in federal courts across the country. To date there has been a split among […]

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Federal Courts Split on Whether Contraceptive Mandate Provision Puts Substantial Burden on Religious Exercise

The mandate that businesses provide contraceptive coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) or face substantial fines has led to more than 50 lawsuits against the federal government in federal courts across the country. To date there has been a split among […]

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Domino’s Founder Granted Injunction to Avoid Providing Contraceptive Coverage

Last week, Judge Lawrence Zatkoff of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in favor of Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan and his secular property management company, Domino’s Farms Corporation, and blocked the enforcement of the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Monaghan […]

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Trademark Infringement claims

How does a party prevail on a claim of trademark infringement action? A party must establish that it has a valid mark entitled to protection; and that the infringing party used the same or a similar mark in commerce in connection with the sale or […]

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Bank Not Liable for Altered Appraisal

A recent Michigan Court of the Appeals case, Xpress Apraisal Group, Inc v. Flagstar Bank, (unpublished February 14, 2013), found a Bank was not liable for an altered real estate appraisal, which resulted in a third party’s refusal to continue doing business with Plaintiffs. The […]

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The Fracking Debate in Michigan

An interesting – and somewhat controversial – land use issue that is currently being addressed by many Michigan officials is a technique known as “fracking.” Fracking, a slang term for hydraulic fracturing, is a method of extracting oil and natural gas from beneath the earth’s […]

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City of San Diego settles RLUIPA lawsuit with Academy of Our Lady of Peace,

As reported in today's San Diego Tribune and San Diego Reader the City of San Diego has dropped its opposition to the modernization plan of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. The settlement combines cash payment, permits and relocation of homes The Academy of […]

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Federal Appeals Court Orders Georgia Mosque and City to Resolve Zoning Dispute

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Islamic Center of North Fulton, Inc. v. City of Alpharetta, Georgia, that the City and Islamic Center must work together to try to resolve a zoning dispute surrounding the Islamic Center’s proposed expansion of its […]

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Federal Appeals Court Orders Georgia Mosque and City to Resolve Zoning Dispute

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Islamic Center of North Fulton, Inc. v. City of Alpharetta, Georgia, that the City and Islamic Center must work together to try to resolve a zoning dispute surrounding the Islamic Center’s proposed expansion of its […]

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