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FRAUD DURING THE SALE OF A HOME

  • November 19, 2019
  • by Alex Reuter

Imagine yourself having just purchased a house. You and your family are excited, stressed, and eager all at the same time. You move all of your belongings into your new home and begin to settle in. A couple of months go by, the snow melts, […]

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Fulton v. City of Philadelphia reflects rising trend of cities restricting faith-based organizations from serving their communities

  • November 11, 2020
  • by Emily

“In some cases, zoning and land use restrictions are choking them out; in other cases, cities are going after religious institutions because their religious beliefs do not jive with public policy positions…” Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com; 815.997.7221 Chicago—-November […]

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Court awards money to prevent injustice

  • November 6, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

Have you ever done something that benefits another person with the expectation that you will get something in return? Sometimes, unfortunately, even when the other person is aware of your expectations, he or she does not follow through. What remedies do you have? Courts will […]

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Court Rules Illinois Nurses Can Recover Triple Damages Under the Right of Conscience Act–Even Against Public Employers

  • October 13, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Illinois’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act, 745 ILCS 70/1 et seq., (“Conscience Act”), has long been the gold standard when it comes to protecting health care professionals’ right of conscience. Illinois doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals enjoy a statutory right to […]

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Attorney Sorin A. Leahu joins Dalton & Tomich

  • October 1, 2020
  • by Emily

Detroit —October 1, 2020—Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich, co-founders of Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton + Tomich, are pleased to announce that Sorin A. Leahu has joined the firm as a senior associate attorney.  Based in the firm’s Chicago office, […]

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Lakefront property owner wins disputed strip of land

  • August 7, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

Michigan courts once again shines the spotlight on the significance of a plat in lakefront property disputes. The case of Saunders v. Rhodes (decided June 18, 2020) started with a dispute between two property owners over a strip of land abutting Chippewa Lake, in Mecosta […]

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Why you should assert your rights immediately

  • June 29, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

  A recent riparian rights decision by the Court of Appeals of Michigan shows the importance of speaking up when you believe your neighbor is encroaching on your property. In White v. Ochalek, the parties owned adjacent waterfront properties on Hubbard Lake. Their deeds provide […]

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Court Orders municipality to tax residents after its leaders refused to pay a judgment

  • June 24, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Civil rights litigation is vitally important. But it is neither easy nor cheap. It is often a war of attrition between a plaintiff with limited resources and a taxpayer-funded government defendant. In light of this funding imbalance, many government defendants fight even the most meritorious […]

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Illinois Churches’ Challenge to State’s COVID Restrictions

  • June 16, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Elim Romanian Church, et al. v. Pritzker that Illinois’s COVID restrictions, which limited the size of public gatherings to ten people, did not violate the First Amendment. By way of background, several Illinois churches had sued […]

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Coronavirus Impact: 3 Things to Know About Commercial Leases and Summary Proceedings in Michigan

  • May 28, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-85 generally prohibits the eviction of residential tenants before June 11, 2020, which will likely be extended. But what about commercial premises and leases? Here are the three things you should keep in mind whether you are a commercial landlord […]

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First Amendment: The Ministerial Exception Revisited

  • May 14, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

In 2004, a Called1 teacher at Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church School, located in Redford, Michigan, went on disability leave after being diagnosed with narcolepsy. After feeling better, she wanted to teach again. But the Church no longer had a position for her. The Church asked […]

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