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Attorney Sorin A. Leahu joins Dalton & Tomich

  • October 1, 2020
  • by Emily

Detroit —October 1, 2020—Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich, co-founders of Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton + Tomich, are pleased to announce that Sorin A. Leahu has joined the firm as a senior associate attorney.  Based in the firm’s Chicago office, […]

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Coronavirus Impact: 3 Things to Know About Commercial Leases and Summary Proceedings in Michigan

  • May 28, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-85 generally prohibits the eviction of residential tenants before June 11, 2020, which will likely be extended. But what about commercial premises and leases? Here are the three things you should keep in mind whether you are a commercial landlord […]

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Settlement Agreement “Tender Back” Rule Upheld by Michigan Court

  • June 11, 2018
  • by Zana Tomich

Can an employee sue its employer where she released all claims in severance agreement, even though the employer stopped payments per the agreement?  In Yob v. Smith and Van Fossen, Mich. Court of Appeals No. 339607 (May 15, 2018), the court of appeals upheld the […]

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Dalton & Tomich Represents Michigan Small Business in Land Use and Zoning Case Against Greenleaf Township in Sanilac County

  • December 7, 2016
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

The attorneys at Dalton & Tomich recently settled a case between a Sanilac County business owner and Greenleaf Township, which is a small municipality within Sanilac County. The Plaintiff in this case had owned and operated a truck sales and salvage business since 1959. While […]

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Online Business Review Leads to $25,000 Lawsuit

  • October 14, 2014
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

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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Michigan Court Holds Breach of Contract Claim Fails Without Signed Purchase Order

  • October 28, 2013
  • by Admin

A recent decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals reaffirms an age-old adage most of learn early on: If it is something important, such as a contract, better to get it in writing. And when you are working for one of the Big Three, that […]

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Online Reviews of “Dirtiest Hotel” Protected First Amendment Speech, Not Defamation

  • September 30, 2013
  • by Admin

A bad online review in 2011’s “Dirtiest Hotel” drove the owner of the hotel to file his own complaint against the creator of the dirtiest list, TripAdvisor, for lost business. However, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals gave the hotel owner’s complaint a bad review […]

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Craigslist “Bachelor Pad” Ad Leads to FHA Claim

  • August 5, 2013
  • by Admin

A decision today from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals might give some landlords pause in how they word their next Craigslist post advertising an apartment for rent. In Miami Valley Fair Housing Center v. The Connor Group, the plaintiff brought suit after the defendant […]

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