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A Free Speech Win for Donation Bin Operators: U’SAgain v. Crest Hills, Illinois

  • January 24, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Dalton & Tomich PLC is pleased to announce a recent victory protecting the rights of donation bin operators in a federal lawsuit wherein it represented U’SAgain against the City of Crest Hills, Illinois. The City of Crest Hills recently adopted a zoning ordinance which completely […]

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Donation and Recycling Bins: A Brief Review of the Industry

  • November 27, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich PLC has become a leader in defending the rights of donation bin owners to place collection bins, who receive used clothes and shoes, and redistribute them throughout the world for people in need.  A brief explanation of this […]

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Massachusetts Churches Challenge Gender Identity Laws

  • October 17, 2016
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

A group of Massachusetts churches has brought a federal lawsuit seeking to prevent state officials from enforcing new gender identity guidelines on religious institutions. In July 2016 the Massachusetts Legislature added “gender identity” as a protected class under state public accommodation laws. On September 1, […]

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First Amendment Lawsuit Challenges City’s Ban of “For Sale” Signs

  • September 20, 2016
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

A California man has filed a lawsuit alleging that his town’s sign ordinance violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. In Cefali v. City of San Juan Capistrano, the plaintiff had parked his car on the residential street […]

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Donation Bin Ordinances: A compromise between protecting commercial speech and reasonable governmental regulations.

  • September 14, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In early 2013, the City of Portage, Michigan announced that it was considering the issue of clothing donation bins and a proposed ordinance regulating the same. At the time, few municipalities had investigated the issue, and the City was unsure of what action to take. […]

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Clothing and Shoe Donation Bins: Commercial Free Speech prevails in the Sixth Circuit

  • September 14, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In January 2014, the City of St. Johns, Michigan adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the ordinance […]

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Donation Bins: Resolving a ban on bins in Stanton, California

  • August 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In May 2013, the City of Stanton, California adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the ordinance on […]

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Donation Bins: resolving a community ban on bins through cooperation

  • August 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In December 2011, the City of Plano, Illinois adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich wrote a letter to the city […]

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Donation Bins: Lake Station, Indiana and a new Donation Bin Ordinance

  • August 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In May 2014, the City of Lake Station, Indiana adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins run by for-profit companies and non-local companies. While these donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters, recycling bins, and local charitable donation bins were not […]

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Donation Bins: Free Speech and Bin Bans in Corona, California

  • August 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In May 2012, the City of Corona, California adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the ordinance on […]

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