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Silence is not the appropriate response to the crisis within the United Methodist Church

  • August 15, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  Sunday is coming. Soon, many of the faithful will find themselves in United Methodist churches that dot nearly every corner of this country; disparate buildings where they’ll gather under the guise of religion, of faith, of goodness. Whether set in trappings that are ancient or […]

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Methodist Bishops Invalidate the Exit Plan

  • August 11, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  There is an old adage in business that is equally applicable to the leaders within the current United Methodist Church: The institution will preserve the institution at the cost of driving out the members who it seeks to serve.  In other words, institutions preserve […]

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The United Methodist Church at a Crossroad

  • January 17, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Since its creation in 1968, the United Methodist Church has struggled to define itself. The adaption of cultural norms and the failure to define its basic theology has resulted in a dramatic decline in membership in the denomination. In the United States, for example, membership has […]

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Dalton & Tomich PLC guides Greenleaf Township, Michigan to victory in Federal Court litigation

  • January 7, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  One of the best compliments an attorney can have is when an opposing party hires the attorney who sued them in a subsequent case to defend its interest or pursue a claim. This happened to our firm when Dalton & Tomich, PLC was hired […]

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Settlement Agreement “Tender Back” Rule Upheld by Michigan Court

  • June 10, 2018
  • by Zana Tomich

Can an employee sue its employer where she released all claims in severance agreement, even though the employer stopped payments per the agreement?  In Yob v. Smith and Van Fossen, Mich. Court of Appeals No. 339607 (May 15, 2018), the court of appeals upheld the […]

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Dalton & Tomich Represents Michigan Small Business in Land Use and Zoning Case Against Greenleaf Township in Sanilac County

  • December 7, 2016
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

The attorneys at Dalton & Tomich recently settled a case between a Sanilac County business owner and Greenleaf Township, which is a small municipality within Sanilac County. The Plaintiff in this case had owned and operated a truck sales and salvage business since 1959. While […]

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Civil RICO Claims, Mars Hills Church and the Church

  • March 2, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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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Property Rights, Civil Courts and Admission to Religious Schools

  • November 28, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In a recent decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed that Civil Courts will not interfere with a decision of a religious institution to admit students to its program based on the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine – the same doctrine applied to Church property disputes. In […]

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Twitter Libel Lawsuit Dismissed by Michigan Judge

  • March 9, 2015
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

By now, even the novice social media user knows that what you put on the internet can come back to haunt you. Ill-advised posts on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can result in damaged relationships or even the loss of a job. But […]

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Online Business Review Leads to $25,000 Lawsuit

  • October 13, 2014
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Many of us have posted business reviews on the internet. Maybe you just did so over the weekend. Whether it was that amazing steak or that lousy service, it was something you felt that future customers should know about that particular business. Maybe you use […]

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