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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Michigan Legal News

Election cash: How Super-PACs and ‘dark money’ are dominating state races
Bridge - Oct 30, 2014
...raised by Totten. Totten spent about $567,000. Michigan Supreme Court: The three Republican-backed candidates incumbent justices Brian Zahra...
Poll: Zahra, Bernstein, Viviano lead Supreme Court races
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
Poll: Zahra, Bernstein, Viviano lead Supreme Court races Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra, attorney Richard Bernstein lead for full...
The governor’s race: where they stand (in 3 minutes or less)
Bridge - Oct 30, 2014
...not be recognized by the state. Snyder said he hopes the Legislature considers amending the state Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include...
Election preview: How a handful of House races could shape Michigan’s future
Bridge - Oct 30, 2014
...t take the House, said Demas, there are signs that the Legislature could get more conservative. You could have folks like Gary Glenn and Todd...
Michigan 2014 Election: Everything you need to know about the Secretary of State Race
MLive.com - Oct 29, 2014
...candidate Godfrey Dillard. Johnson has experience in the state legislature and county government. Dillard is a longtime civil rights attorney,
Washtenaw County judicial candidates discuss political leanings and whether they matter
MLive.com - Oct 30, 2014
...vacated by Nancy Wheeler. Van den Bergh is a social worker and attorney with the nonprofit Legal Services of South Central Michigan. She's making...
Political luminaries coming for final election push
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...it doesn t get much closer in Michigan. The race for Governor between incumbent Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer is down to a...
New law reinstates funding source for courts
Livingston Daily - Oct 29, 2014
...Snyder on Oct. 15, reverses the result of a previous Michigan Supreme Court case that limited charges levied against criminal defendants. The...
Appeals court upholds $535,000 judgment to teacher accused of making racial joke
MLive.com - Oct 29, 2014
...teacher who was fired from Linden Charter Academy after he made what his attorney called a racial joke. The Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, Oct.
State Supreme Court will not hear Hanger42 claim to $10 million Michigan Film Office tax credit
MLive.com - Oct 29, 2014
...possibility. In a pro-forma, one-sentence statement, The Michigan Supreme Court upheld the rulings of the lower courts. The courts said the project...
Michigan Court of Appeals Unanimously Upholds Geoffrey Fieger's $144.5 Million Dollar Malpractice Verdict For Unborn Baby
Reuters US News - Oct 29, 2014
Michigan Court of Appeals Unanimously Upholds Geoffrey Fieger's $144.5 Million Dollar Malpractice Verdict For Unborn Baby Michigan Court of Appeals...
Whistle-blower: Aramark falsified records, served filthy food
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...knew she needed the job and income. Bruce Miller, a Detroit attorney representing McVay who mailed a complaint to OSHA on Wednesday, said: "I...
Parolee denied new trial in 2011 Royal Oak murder
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...murder, meaning she could someday go free. Wood had asked the Michigan Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction, claiming that Oakland County Circuit...
Lawsuit seeks audit of stalled jail project
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...county's former chief financial officer, Carla Sledge; a top county lawyer, Steven Collins; and a former owner's representative on the jail project,
Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project offered Nov. 18 in Detroit
Legal News - Oct 28, 2014
Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project offered Nov. 18 in Detroit The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section and Pro Bono Initiative will...
In political ad, Torii Hunter again sounds off on gays
The Detroit News - Oct 29, 2014
...complete spot: Hutchinson is leading, slightly, in the polls to be governor of Arkansas, where Hunter grew up. He is opposing Democrat Mike Ross.
Woman wanted Starbucks discs, settles for $250
Midland Daily News - Oct 29, 2014
(AP) A Michigan woman who wanted homebrewed Starbucks coffee described by her attorney as "gold" will accept $250 to end a lawsuit over the company's...
Hearing set in Lewan's Michigan assault case
Midland Daily News - Oct 30, 2014
...battery. A court hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Ann Arbor. Defense lawyer John Shea has said he expects to reach a deal with prosecutors that...

National Legal News

Outside groups seeking to influence judicial elections
USA Today - Oct 29, 2014
...judges, television viewers in Illinois are hearing that state Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier was "slammed for letting corporations buy...
The Year the Small Donor 'Got Left Behind'
Bloomberg - Oct 30, 2014
...election from about 8.5 percent in 2010, when the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in January loosened restrictions on independent political...
North Dakota Supreme Court upholds restrictions on medication abortion
Reuters Politics & Political News - Oct 29, 2014
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Oklahoma Judge Lets Stand Law Limiting Drug-Induced Abortion
Bloomberg - Oct 29, 2014
...abortions in that state. Arizona is seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review of an appellate decision barring enforcement of a law limiting drug-induced...
Appeals court in Va. reviewing NC abortion law
The Washington Post - Oct 29, 2014
...Maddrey told a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond that the provision adds relevant, truthful, real-time information...
Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight
The Atlantic - Oct 29, 2014
...Gay-Marriage Fight Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land,
Court orders for Texas pastors' speeches withdrawn
Midland Daily News - Oct 29, 2014
...pastors said the subpoenas violated their First Amendment rights. An attorney for ordinance opponents says the mayor is taking a step in the...
Obamacare Faces New Threat as Supreme Court Weighs Appeal
Bloomberg - Oct 30, 2014
Obamacare Faces New Threat as Supreme Court Weighs Appeal The fate of President Barack Obama s health-care law is again in the hands of the U.S.
GOP releases timeline of IRS targeting scandal
The Washington Post - Oct 29, 2014
Small New York Firm Wins Epic Fee Fight: Business of Law
Bloomberg - Oct 29, 2014
...the property since 1983. By the end of 2004, the New York Court of Appeals said, Lawrence had paid Graubard approximately $18 million in legal...
The American Lawyer Asks if Big Law is Ready for the Fundamental Changes Stirring the Legal Landscape
Reuters US News - Oct 29, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Plans to Address Limitations Period for Retirement Plan Fee Litigation
Legal & Business Blogs | Bloomberg BNA - Oct 29, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Plans to Address Limitations Period for Retirement Plan Fee Litigation When does the clock start ticking on ERISA retirement...
Maine to Seek Court Order to Force Ebola Quarantine on Nurse Kaci Hickox
Time Magazine - Oct 29, 2014
Why People Love Reading About Supreme Court Justices’ Favorite Movies
Time Magazine - Oct 29, 2014
Why People Love Reading About Supreme Court Justices Favorite Movies Ginsburg's defense of a controversial opera is the latest in a long series...
Ferguson Police Chief Slams CNN Report: ‘Completely Wrong’
The Washington Post - Oct 29, 2014
Florida's craft beer growler ban battle spills into federal court
Reuters News - Oct 29, 2014

Opinions

Is Philanthropy Bad for Democracy?
The Atlantic - Oct 30, 2014
Eric Holder still has wrongs to right before he leaves office
The Washington Post - Oct 29, 2014
...denied that any reporter s privilege exists and just this year the Supreme Court let stand an appellate court ruling adopting Holder s position.
Editorial: City Council shows lack of courage, conviction on gay rights ordinance
MLive.com - Oct 29, 2014
...law. This, of course, is the whole point. The state Legislature is poised to debate the gay rights issue via a proposed amendment to Michigan's...
Carol Cain: Tough tactics needed to pass road funding
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...year but was not successful. He told me he hoped the Legislature would approve a comprehensive transportation bill in the lame-duck session after...
Our endorsements for Michigan Supreme Court
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
Our endorsements for Michigan Supreme Court The seven-member Michigan Supreme Court is the final arbiter of criminal and civil cases brought...
Totten is best choice for Michigan attorney general
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...the office he seeks. In a state whose governor, Legislature and highest court have worked relentlessly to eviscerate regulation of businesses...
Free Press endorsements for Michigan Senate
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund a move his party's own attorney general says would be illegal. Democrat Cyndi Peltonen isn't a great...
Ruth Johnson deserves 2nd term
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...donors for certain types of political advertising. The Republican-controlled Legislature responded by passing a law, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder,
Our endorsements for Oakland County trial courts
Detroit Free Press - Oct 29, 2014
...Addison Township, who joined the Oakland Circuit Court as a judicial staff attorney in 2004, three years after obtaining her law degree. Geibel is...

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

Could conflict among employees be the greatest strength of your firm or organization?
SBM Blog - Oct 28, 2014
Could conflict among employees be the greatest strength of your firm or organization? Margaret Heffernan discusses the importance of conflict...
Calling all reporters: Learn to cover courts from top lawyers and judges
SBM Blog - Oct 23, 2014
...reporters are invited to attend two panel discussions sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan Law and the Media Committee and the All reporters...
Want to be an appeals court judge?
SBM Blog - Oct 13, 2014
Want to be an appeals court judge? Governor Rick Snyder seeks applicants to fill the Fourth District Seat on the Michigan Court of Appeals when...
Michigan Supreme Court Appoints Meinecke Chief Judge of 44th District Court
SBM Blog - Oct 13, 2014
Michigan Supreme Court Appoints Meinecke Chief Judge of 44th District Court The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed the Hon. The Michigan Supreme...
Michigan appeals court Judge William Whitbeck will retire in November
SBM Blog - Oct 10, 2014
Michigan appeals court Judge William Whitbeck will retire in November Michigan Court of Appeals Judge William Whitbeck will retire on Nov. 21...
Does the Natural Resources & Environmental Protection Act apply to shooting ranges?
SBM Blog - Oct 07, 2014
...Club v. In Cheboygan Sportsman Club v. Cheboygan County Prosecuting Attorney, the club sought to find out if conducting target practice at their...
WMU Cooley Law School will close its Ann Arbor campus
SBM Blog - Oct 07, 2014
WMU Cooley Law School will close its Ann Arbor campus Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has announced that it will close its Ann...
Justice John Paul Stevens Remembered President Gerald Ford Monday in Grand Rapids
SBM Blog - Oct 24, 2014
Justice John Paul Stevens Remembered President Gerald Ford Monday in Grand Rapids The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum commemorated...
Job Opening: Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Seeks Executive Director
SBM Blog - Oct 23, 2014
Job Opening: Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Seeks Executive Director The newly formed Michigan Indigent Defense Commission is seeking its...
Happy Monday: Here are puppies re-enacting a Supreme Court argument
SBM Blog - Oct 20, 2014
Happy Monday: Here are puppies re-enacting a Supreme Court argument Do you struggle to pay attention to the audio recordings of Supreme Court...

 

 

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