With the economy turning around, developers are beginning to feel more comfortable in starting new projects and lenders are more willing to lend on commercial development. New commercial development impacts local zoning regulations, which, may result in federal lawsuit when a local community allows a […]Read More
In a significant decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals, a Mecosta County couple established a successful “highway by user” claim that turned what was previously the private property of the defendant outside Big Rapids into a public roadway. In Farlow v. Grunst, the plaintiffs […]Read More
Daniel P. Dalton, co-founder of the law firm Dalton & Tomich, plc, has been named as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning,” by American Lawyer Media, and will be recognized in the March issue of the American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel […]Read More
As reported in SCOTUS blog today, https://www.scotusblog.com/2013/01/argument-recap-an-ever-shrinking-takings-claim/, the chance for a new day in Takings law appears to have dimmed based on the questions posed at oral argument in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. In the highly anticipated case, the issue of […]Read More
In a case of first impression, and a rare case where a party asserting a Takings Claim prevailed, the Supreme Court of the United States recently held that flooding caused by governmental conduct amounts to a temporary taking under the Takings Clause. In Arkansas Game […]Read More
It is a commonly-held belief that claims of substantive and procedural due process are particularly difficult to win in modern courts. Today’s discussion explores a case which certainly illustrates that even the most dishonest and unsettling government actions may still not support a claim of […]Read More
A lawsuit seeking damages from the planned construction of a mosque and Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero was dismissed from New York State Court in November. Plaintiff Vincent Forras (who rents office space about 8-10 blocks away from the site) claimed to represent “himself […]Read More
The US District Court for the District of Maine recently affirmed the decision of a magistrate judge which granted the dismissal of a claim brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In Cassidy v. City of Brewer, Plaintiff apparently was a […]Read More
In a notable case recently decided by the Michigan Court of Appeals, a local land use ordinance was found to violate both the substantive and procedural due process rights of property owners. In Bonner v. City of Brighton, the court held that Brighton Code of […]Read More
A new Michigan Court Rule governing appeals from zoning ordinance determinations should bring some clarity to the land use and zoning appeals procedure. MCR 7.122, which became effective May 1, 2012, provides a set of guidelines for appealing decisions of an entity empowered with making […]Read More
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