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In this blog, the Zana Tomich, Noel Sterrett and the business attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC weigh in on matters of importance to small and closely held business and nonprofit leaders in the Detroit area, Chicagoland, Northern Illinois and beyond. We hope the information here is helpful to you.

Food and Franchising

With the independent food industry rapidly developing in Detroit, we thought we would revisit one method of ownership that is often the gateway into the restaurant industry. There are various approaches to restaurant ownership, i.e. passive investment, owner/operator, but as business attorneys we are often […]

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2014 in Review

Here at Dalton & Tomich we are very happy to welcome in 2015. We are very excited for the possibilities ahead of us this year. With the future in mind, this post is a look back at some of the Dalton & Tomich highlights of […]

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Online Business Review Leads to $25,000 Lawsuit

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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Non-Compete Agreement Interpreted in Favor of Employee

In a recent Michigan Court of Appeals case, Huron Technology v. Sparling, Mich. Ct. App., Sept. 11, 2014, Unpublished, the Court found that an Employee did not violate his Non-Compete Agreement because he was not working for a “competitor” as defined under his Agreement. The […]

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Lack of Control Leads to Loss of Trademark

Trademarks are used to “distinguish a good as originating from a particular source.” They are important to business owners to protect the investment made in a particular mark and the goodwill that now comes with it. Trademarks also protect the general public by not allowing […]

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Age Discrimination Suit Fails For Lack of Evidence

With many companies looking to move towards a younger work force, questions can sometimes be raised about the ways this is accomplished. Employees sometimes feel that they are forced out or denied promotions because of their age alone. However, proving these suspicions in court is […]

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The Basics of Selecting a Business Entity

In today’s economic climate, many entrepreneurs are taking the opportunity to make their dreams come to life by starting their own businesses. As attorneys, one of the common questions we are asked is: “what type of business should I start?” This is a vital question […]

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Michigan Approved for EB-5 Regional Center

Michigan was recently approved as one of two EB-5 Regional Centers. Recent press releases issued by Governor Snyder and the MEDC indicate the Michigan EB-5 Regional Center will act as “a vehicle to connect eligible foreign investors with potential development projects across the state, which […]

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Noncompetition Agreement Enforced Against Former Employee, But Not His New Company

When going to work for a new employer, many new employees agree to a noncompetition contract. For many employers, such a contract is standard procedure for bringing on new talent, especially for workers with specialized and sought-after skills. Many workers sign noncompetition contracts without much […]

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Leading the fight for a client in the Legislator

Ae reported in the Capital Connection: New Bill Would Prevent Discriminatory Charitable Bin Bans By ANNE SCHIEBER | March 22, 2014 | Twitter Follow Anne Schieber on Twitter Cities would no longer be able to ban most outdoor recycling bins on private property under a […]

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The business and employment attorneys of Dalton & Tomich take your business just as seriously as you do. Attorneys Zana Tomich and Noel Sterett are trusted by closely held family businesses and others across Michigan and Northern Illinois as invaluable partners and counselors. We guarantee all your calls and emails will be returned within one business day so you can focus on what you do best: running your business.