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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.

Michigan Business Courts Have Arrived

By September 1, 2013, the Michigan Circuit Courts will implement Michigan Public Act 333 (2012), which requires business courts in every Michigan county with at least three circuit judges. Some Circuit Courts are already operating their Business Courts, including Oakland and Macomb County. The act […]

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Surviving the Economic Crunch

Nobody needs to be reminded how tough these economic times are.  One of the keys of surviving and thriving in this economy is keeping accounts receivable in check. In collecting outstanding accounts receivable, a balance must be struck between forcefulness in collecting the debt and […]

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The Problem with Online Legal Document Vendors

In this digital age, many individuals in need of legal documents have begun to use online legal documentation vendors in lieu of consulting with a licensed attorney. Several websites offer documents that cover a broad spectrum of legal issues: ranging from business formation, real estate […]

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Developers Sigh Relief as NonRecourse Mortgage Loan Act found Constitutional

A recent Michigan Court of Appeals opinion has caught the attention of lenders and developers alike. In Wells Fargo Bank NA v. Cherryland Mall Limited, ___ Mich App___ Case No. 304682 (April 9, 2013), the Court on remand from the Michigan Supreme Court, rejected the […]

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Trademark Law

The Basics of Trademark Law Intellectual property (“IP”) is the broad name given to the area of law that protects the rights of individuals who create original works. There are three main areas of IP law: trademarks, patents, and copyright. IP law is a complex, […]

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Domino’s Founder Granted Injunction to Avoid Providing Contraceptive Coverage

Last week, Judge Lawrence Zatkoff of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in favor of Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan and his secular property management company, Domino’s Farms Corporation, and blocked the enforcement of the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Monaghan […]

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Trademark Infringement claims

How does a party prevail on a claim of trademark infringement action? A party must establish that it has a valid mark entitled to protection; and that the infringing party used the same or a similar mark in commerce in connection with the sale or […]

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Bank Not Liable for Altered Appraisal

A recent Michigan Court of the Appeals case, Xpress Apraisal Group, Inc v. Flagstar Bank, (unpublished February 14, 2013), found a Bank was not liable for an altered real estate appraisal, which resulted in a third party’s refusal to continue doing business with Plaintiffs. The […]

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Court Ruling Potentially Expands Duties to Third Parties

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a title company owed at least a common law duty, and perhaps more, to plaintiffs who had contracted to have a home built. In Elsebaei v. Seaver Title Co., Inc. (unpublished, December 27, 2012), Plaintiffs contracted with […]

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Changes to Power of Attorney Act Require Acknowledgement

Recent changes to Michigan’s Power of Attorney laws, require a Durable Power of Attorney drafted after October 1, 2012, to have the designated attorney or agent to execute an acknowledgment of legal responsibilities before exercising authority under each individual durable power of attorney. The statute […]

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