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Friday, July 25, 2014

Michigan Legal News:

Decision to reassign Kalamazoo County judge riles longtime jurist, attorneys
MLive.com - Jul 25, 2014
...court consolidation here in Kalamazoo County. In 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court required the submission of a concurrent jurisdiction plan."
 
Phil Cavanagh joins challenge over Warren Evans' residency
Detroit Free Press - Jul 24, 2014
...the pain of (the county s ills), the higher taxes. Attorney Drew Paterson, representing Cavanagh, said Evans was a resident of Salem Township...
 
No criminal charges filed against Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler, prosecutor rules
MLive.com - Jul 24, 2014
...County Prosecutor Douglas R. Lloyd was appointed by Attorney General Bill Schuette as Special Prosecutor regarding allegations of misconduct...
 
Senate candidate Land files correction on campaign finances, questions remain
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Jul 24, 2014
...laws was raising doubts about her transparency. In Washington, Republican lawyer Jan Baran said if there was no previous history of a candidate...
 
Judge dubs Keego Harbor traffic ticketing lawsuit class action
The Oakland Press - Jul 24, 2014
...civil infraction violations, which Kennedy and his Commerce Township-based attorney, Jeffrey Hansche, argue is illegal under state law. Municipal...
 
Rochester Hills man sentenced for jury tampering
The Detroit News - Jul 25, 2014
...jury tampering and lying to federal agents. The U.S. Attorney s Office says Marcus Little was sentenced Thursday to 34 months in federal prison.
 
GM: 45 state AGs investigating ignition recalls
The Detroit News - Jul 24, 2014
...federal grand jury in New York and disclosed the U.S. Attorney s Office and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating. GM notes the...
 
Petition to raise Michigan minimum wage falls short of ballot
Detroit Free Press - Jul 24, 2014
...before the November ballots are printed. The issue was further complicated by the Legislature, which passed a hike in the minimum wage to $9.25...
 
Third wolf hunt petition approved, headed to Michigan Legislature
Detroit Free Press - Jul 24, 2014
Third wolf hunt petition approved, headed to Michigan Legislature LANSING A third wolf petition was unanimously approved by the state Board of...
 
Major changes proposed to Flint governance
Michigan Radio - Jul 25, 2014
...Flint city government. Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio Before the governor appointed an emergency manager to run the city of Flint in 2011,
 
Arab-American group alleges discrimination over Dearborn Heights absentee ballots
The Detroit News - Jul 24, 2014
...receive the ballots. The group wants the FBI, the U.S. Attorney s Office and the state Attorney General s Office to investigate. This is a civil...
 
Warren and Mayor Fouts sued by atheist
The Macomb Daily - Jul 24, 2014
...compensatory damages for an alleged violation of his Constitutional rights, plus attorney fees and other costs. The city s rental policy states atrium...
 
BWL accused of violating state law in deciding Lark's contract
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Jul 24, 2014
BWL accused of violating state law in deciding Lark's contract MPA lawyer says Open Meetings Act 'clear' that public vote was required Board...
 
Detroit water contracts to be rebid after City Council finds red flags
Detroit Free Press - Jul 25, 2014
...he attended the bid evaluation meeting, he said, On the advice of our attorney, I don t think I m willing to elucidate on the topic right now.
 
Michigan officials require more supports beneath oil pipes
Detroit Free Press - Jul 24, 2014
...Mackinac, the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. State Attorney Bill Schuette and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant said...
 
Clio schools hit with another lawsuit
MLive.com - Jul 25, 2014
...unpleasant work environment. But Tim Mullins, the district's attorney, said issues surfaced from other employees in the business office regarding...
 
Michigan representative wants state funding pulled for facilities housing unauthorized immigrants
MLive.com - Jul 24, 2014
...reaction to the situation and said it's something Congress, not Michigan's Legislature, has to fix. "If we stop the contract, that opens up more...
 
Attorney questions evidence handling in Dearborn Heights porch shooting trial
The Detroit News - Jul 24, 2014
Attorney questions evidence handling in Dearborn Heights porch shooting trial Detroit Theodore Wafer s defense team went on the offense Thursday...
 
Clinton Township compost company found in contempt for violating court order
The Macomb Daily - Jul 24, 2014
...compost totalling 95,000 cubic yards. On Thursday, defense attorney Jay Schwartz attacked the premise of the township claims, saying some of...
 
As Uber launches in Grand Rapids, city leaders still mum on legality
MLive.com - Jul 24, 2014
...emails requesting comment from City Clerk Darlene O Neal and City Attorney Catherine Mish were not immediately returned. More: Grand Rapids woman...

National Legal News:

Ariz. officials deny execution was botched
USA Today - Jul 24, 2014
...incident. Wake ordered tissue and blood samples to be taken. The Arizona Supreme Court ordered that the drug vials and their labels be preserved. An...
 
Witness to the execution: ‘He gulped like a fish on land.’
The Washington Post - Jul 25, 2014
...twice. The first stay was lifted Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court. A second stay was imposed Wednesday morning, which pushed the execution back...
 
Federal judge urges return of firing squad
USA Today - Jul 24, 2014
...Press, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said lethal injection was a "dishonest" attempt to disguise the brutal...
 
California inmates win class-action status in racial bias suit
Reuters US News - Jul 24, 2014
 
More states push homicide charges in heroin overdoses
USA Today - Jul 25, 2014
filing it against 75 people from 2010 to 2013, according to the Michigan Supreme Court. Even within states, however, use of the charge is uneven.
 
Colorado appeals court denies bid to block gay marriages in Boulder County
Reuters US News - Jul 24, 2014
...is resolved by higher courts. In its ruling, the Colorado Court of Appeals said Attorney General John Suthers had not "established the factors...
 
Chiquita Wins Dismissal of U.S. Lawsuits Over Colombia Torture
Washington Post - Bloomberg - Jul 24, 2014
...companies in federal court over alleged abuses abroad. Recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings have narrowed how the laws can be applied. The appeals court...
 
Appeals Court Sides With FDA's Passive Approach to Farm Antibiotics
Bloomberg Businessweek - Jul 24, 2014
...concerns about the safety of animal drug usage, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals wrote. In a dissenting opinion, Judge Robert Katzmann wrote:
 
U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal
Reuters US News - Jul 24, 2014
...company's appeal of Cote's liability finding to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If Apple loses its appeal, it would pay $400 million to consumers...
 
Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' in Israel
USA Today - Jul 25, 2014
 
Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars
The Washington Post - Jul 25, 2014
...devastating to the public interest, Obama said in 2010 after the Supreme Court cleared the way for unlimited political contributions. The last thing...
 
Jump ball: Bizarre Clippers court case nears close
Bloomberg Businessweek - Jul 24, 2014

Opinion:

Lawmakers must address juvenile sentencing
The Detroit News - Jul 25, 2014
...Gov. William Milliken, who joined a friend of the court brief urging the Michigan Supreme Court to apply a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to those serving...
 
Supreme Court may not protect Obamacare this time
The Washington Post - Jul 24, 2014
Supreme Court may not protect Obamacare this time Don t be so sure that the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Don t be so sure that the...
 
Michigan and the Halbig case
The Detroit News - Jul 25, 2014
...and the Halbig case This week, a federal court accepted Attorney General Bill Schuette s argument that hundreds of thousands of Michigan families...
 
On Halbig and statutory interpretation (with a reply to Professor Bagley)
The Washington Post - Jul 24, 2014
...had a WSJ op-ed discussing the holding and significance of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit s decision in Halbig v. Yesterday,
 
The Most Famous Whistleblowers on Why They Leaked
The Atlantic - Jul 25, 2014
...much attention. The Solicitor General of the United States, he lied to the Supreme Court, twice, in writing, and it was in the New York Times.

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

Celebrate Diversity, Dance and Network at the SBM Annual Meeting in September
SBM Blog - Jul 23, 2014
Celebrate Diversity, Dance and Network at the SBM Annual Meeting in September Join the State Bar of Michigan to celebrate the growing diversity...
 
Learn to find great tech at a low price at the SBM Solo & Small Firm Institute
SBM Blog - Jul 22, 2014
Learn to find great tech at a low price at the SBM Solo & Small Firm Institute Noted technology cheapskate journalist Rick Broida will teach...
 
In Memoriam: David K. Page
SBM Blog - Jul 18, 2014
In Memoriam: David K. Page David K. Page, a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, passed away on July 1 at the age of 80. David K.
     

 

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