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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.

Work For Hire: What it is and Why it Matters

Work Made for Hire (or Work for Hire) is a long established doctrine that provides some exceptions to general Copyright law, which provide an author or creator of written work automatic copyright protection in his or her work. When an employee is hired for a […]

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Does Big Data apply to the Small Business?

Big data, or data collection, are buzz words we read or hear about on a daily basis. Some of the world’s largest and most profitable companies, known for their cutting edge technology, search engines, software, and high-demand products are really in the business of collecting, […]

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Detroit restaurants get national press, but opening one not without its challenges

An article published this week by Mark Guarino of the Washington Post highlights the rapidly developing food scene in Detroit. Guarino says the city is “in the midst of a culinary transformation” on the way to “becoming a food mecca.” Those aren’t words to be […]

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Does that contract Arbitration Clause mean what you think it does?

Attorneys often recommend arbitration clauses in contracts as a means to resolve disputes arising out of the contract. It is often recommended as a less expensive, private, and less tedious alternative to litigation. However, there is no one size fits all arbitration clause, and if […]

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Sixth Circuit Rules in Favor of MI Business on First Amendment Retaliation, Equal Protection Claims

Last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Michigan business on its First Amendment retaliation, due process and equal protection claims brought against the Village of Armada, Michigan. The Sixth Circuit’s opinion largely reversed a district court decision that had […]

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Case to Watch: Uber Drivers granted Class Action Status by Federal Court in San Francisco

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court in San Francisco certified a class of drivers in O’Connor, et al v. Uber Technologies, Inc., allowing them to continue on with their suit against Uber, the ride sharing service that has revolutionized the industry. In today's “sharing economy” where […]

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Detroit Food Truck Ordinance in the Works

Local food entrepreneurs, take note: the Detroit City Council is working on a new city-wide ordinance that will provide a clear legal framework for food trucks looking to operate in the city. The ordinance will clarify the permitting process, define where food trucks can park, […]

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Is a Business Responsible for a Client’s Bad Check?

With the rise of online payment systems such as Paypal and Square, the use of checks as a method of payment has been declining for years, but the practice still endures. One industry that has largely remained loyal to checks is the legal industry. Many […]

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When Does Your Nonprofit Need an Attorney?

  • July 27, 2015
  • by Lawrence Opalewski
  • Category: Nonprofits

If you are on the board of a nonprofit, you already know that there are some situations where your organization will need an attorney. However, most nonprofits do not realize many of the areas where an attorney can drastically minimize risk for the nonprofit, and […]

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Employee or Independent Contractor? US Dep’t of Labor Offers New Guidance

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced new guidance to determine whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). After receiving numerous complaints from workers alleging misclassification, on June 15 the DOL published […]

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