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Mississippi Church Files Suit Against Hinds County for Treating Religious Assembly Uses Unequally

  • May 10, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

On April 27, 2021, we filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of The Church at Jackson against Hinds County, Mississippi for violating the “equal terms” provision of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. 2000cc(b)(1). Last year, the church acquired a […]

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Riparian rights, bottomland ownership and underwater trespassing

  • April 30, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho

As a general rule, an owner of an inland lake house in Michigan holds title to the submerged land (the bottomland) to the middle lake.1  And while it is somewhat unusual to think of a trespass on submerged lands, Michigan courts have held that the […]

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Running a For-Profit Business In Accordance With Religious Values (Part 1, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws)

  • April 23, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

For many business owners, running their business in accordance with their religious values is a non-negotiable. Their religious values are often what drive them and make their businesses successful. This is particularly true when business owners define success as being, first and foremost, faithful to […]

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Three Ways Boilerplate Language Impacts a Business Divorce

  • March 24, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

Time and again, I am contacted by clients experiencing difficulty with their business partners, or fellow shareholders, and looking for a way out. The conversation usually results in a review of the company’s organizational documents. More often than not, we find the parties adopted boilerplate […]

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Dalton + Tomich promotes Emily Traister to Director of Operations

  • March 12, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit — March 8, 2021—Emily Traister has been named the Director of Operations for Detroit-headquartered Dalton + Tomich. She joined the firm in 2018 and previously served as office manager and executive assistant. […]

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Lawrence Opalewski named a partner at Dalton & Tomich

  • March 1, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—March 1, 2021—Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich, co-founders, and Noel Sterett, partner with the law firm of Dalton + Tomich,are pleased to announce attorney Lawrence Opalewski has been named a partner. Based in […]

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Religious property attorney responds to United Methodist Church announcement to hold off general conference vote on separation protocol until 2022

  • February 25, 2021
  • by Emily

“Many (UMC) churches that have been waiting on the sidelines to leave will do so now, and the denomination will collapse” Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit —February 25, 2021—Daniel Dalton, a religious property and land use attorney […]

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Unused Church Property Presents a Huge Opportunity in 2021

  • February 23, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

In 2020, church buildings went mostly unused. COVID restrictions canceled or severely limited in-person worship services. Other church events and activities suffered the same fate. While some churches successfully transitioned to life online, most struggled without the ability to meet in person and experienced a […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court allows Local Churches to keep their Property in Religious Property Disputes

  • February 22, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In a huge blow to the Episcopal Church, and an enormous threat to the United Methodist Church, the United States Supreme Court today denied the final appeal of the Episcopal Church in its dispute concerning ownership of religious property with the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, […]

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When the Pursuit of Justice Goes Virtual

  • February 15, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

Many law firms promote their services by telling you that they know their way around a courtroom. But do they know their way around a virtual courtroom? Unfortunately, many attorneys do not, which creates problems for their clients and the courts.  Case in point:  see […]

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