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Friday, April 18, 2014

Michigan Legal News:

Rhodes to Duggan, Detroit council: Embrace bankruptcy plan
The Detroit News - Apr 17, 2014
...accept monthly pension cuts without a guarantee that the Michigan Legislature will approve funding to bolster city pensions. Retirees could vote...
 
Judge wants Mayor Duggan, City Council to support restructuring plan and testify at trial
Detroit Free Press - Apr 17, 2014
...support the plan, Rhodes said. Understood, your honor, Jones Day attorney Heather Lennox responded. That makes sense. Legally, the City Council can...
 
Bankruptcy judge rejects objections to bankruptcy disclosure statement
Detroit Free Press - Apr 17, 2014
...Official Committee of Retirees, said Bruce Bennett, another Jones Day attorney. Bennett said many creditors have laid down their swords and are...
 
State money for Detroit bankruptcy deal no sure bet in Michigan Legislature, but Snyder confident
MLive.com - Apr 18, 2014
State money for Detroit bankruptcy deal no sure bet in Michigan Legislature, but Snyder confident LANSING, MI -- Gov. LANSING, MI -- Gov. Rick...
 
Detroit retirees need guarantee of state funding, union attorney says
The Detroit News - Apr 17, 2014
...accept monthly pension cuts without a guarantee that the Michigan Legislature will approve funding to bolster city pensions. Tweets from https://twitter.com/detroitnews/detroit-bankruptcy-team...
 
Detroit suburbs ordered back to table for water authority talks
The Detroit News - Apr 17, 2014
...bonds backed by water and sewer customer revenue. Bankruptcy attorney Bruce Bennett said the city will continue to pursue alternative transactions...
 
Macomb County eyes own water-sewer dept.
The Macomb Daily - Apr 17, 2014
...past and he recently hired a high-priced New York City attorney to help steer him through the Detroit bankruptcy process as the city attempts...
 
Appeals court upholds ruling that forces state to hold workers' comp hearings in Genesee County
MLive.com - Apr 17, 2014
...workers' comp hearings in Genesee County FLINT, MI -- The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a Genesee County judge's decision forbidding the...
 
Former Wayne State medical professor sues, accuses university of defrauding US government
Michigan Radio - Apr 18, 2014
...join the suit as a formal party, but retains the right to do. An assistant US attorney will monitor the case as it moves forward. By Sarah Cwiek
 
Judge: GM doesn't have to tell owners to stop driving recalled vehicles
Detroit Free Press - Apr 17, 2014
...authority to federal safety regulators today. The motion, filed April 4 by lawyer Bob Hilliard of Corpus Christi, Texas, sought a park it now order...
 
Apartheid abuse cases against Ford, IBM go ahead
USA Today - Apr 17, 2014
...against nonwhites that ended 20 years ago. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on the legal reach of the statute under which the plaintiffs...
 
Attorney: Deal reached in sudden acceleration suit
Bloomberg Businessweek - Apr 17, 2014
 
Former Novi officer gets $280,000 in ticket quota lawsuit settlement
The Oakland Press - Apr 17, 2014
...the issue out there. The figure was determined by a three-attorney panel during a case evaluation, and both sides agreed to accept the offer...
 
Michigan's medical marijuana law no defense in multi-county marijuana case, attorney says
MLive.com - Apr 17, 2014
...medical marijuana law no defense in multi-county marijuana case, attorney says GRAND RAPIDS, MI An attorney who specializes in marijuana cases...
 
Dearborn Heights doctor convicted of peddling 3.7 million doses of medications
Detroit Free Press - Apr 17, 2014
...gotten gains to an overseas bank account in Amman, Jordan. Qandil s lawyer was not readily available for comment. According to the U.S. attorney...
 
'Judicial Deceit': Former justice takes issue with state court
Legal News - Apr 17, 2014
...News Her motto is Do Right and Fear Not. Critics of retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver may question her desire to carry...
 
Attorney files for reorganization
Record-Eagle - Apr 18, 2014
...a Lansing-based attorney who represents Gomery in his case before the Michigan Court of Appeals. She declined to speak on specifics, but she...
 
New judge joins Detroit bankruptcy court
Legal News - Apr 17, 2014
...a U.S. bankruptcy judge. Randon is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association and the Association of Black Judges of...
 
Teen's lawyer: Beating of motorist 'spur of moment,' not hate crime
The Detroit News - Apr 17, 2014
Teen's lawyer: Beating of motorist 'spur of moment,' not hate crime Detroit The first trial date was set today for the accused assailants in...
 
Aiyana's father gets 40-60 years in Detroit teen's 2010 death
The Detroit News - Apr 18, 2014
Jones, however, was acquitted on weapons charges in the case, which his attorney, Leon Weiss, has said might be grounds for an appeal. Blake,
 
Ypsilanti Township's attempt to ban outdoor clothing donation bins temporarily denied by federal judge
MLive.com - Apr 18, 2014
...bins, as originally ordered by the township. Ypsilanti Township Attorney Doug Winters said the township has had several complaints about the...

National Legal News:

2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment
The Washington Post - Apr 16, 2014
...The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg...
 
Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case
The Washington Post - Apr 18, 2014
...are the first to reach an appellate court since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Since then,
 
Ukrainian Jews Seek Extra Security After Anti-Semitic Incident
Bloomberg - Apr 18, 2014
 
Prosecutors ask court for arrest warrant for captain of South Korean ferry that sank
The Washington Post - Apr 18, 2014
 
Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction
The Washington Post - Apr 16, 2014
...Springs-based ministry, called Family Talk. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering similar challenges from Hobby Lobby and other employers. Dobson is...
 
When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job
National Public Radio - Apr 17, 2014
...lower courts ruled against her, so now she's petitioning the Supreme Court. UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg says the lower court rulings show the...
 
U.S. music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies
Reuters US News - Apr 17, 2014
...Pandora. The case is Capitol Records et al v Pandora Media Inc, New York State Supreme Court, New York County, No. 651195/2014. (Reporting by Joseph...
 
Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill
Reuters US News - Apr 18, 2014
...it could not comment on individual claimants but that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had found the settlement scheme was "fair,
 
No U.S. IRS audits for most big financial partnerships -report
Reuters US News - Apr 17, 2014
 
Download a Cheerios coupon? You can’t sue General Mills.
The Christian Science Monitor (AP) - Apr 17, 2014
...Mills isn t the first company to introduce such a policy; the Supreme Court made it legal in 2011, ruling that companies could use a standard...
 
White House updating online privacy policy
The Washington Post - Apr 18, 2014

Opinion:

Offer of a fresh perspective might help Detroit out of bankruptcy
The Detroit News - Apr 18, 2014
...include Richard Ravitch, a New York financier, former lieutenant governor, Major League Baseball labor negotiator, and the strategist who helped...
 
Tim Skubick: Legislature may have to take Detroit pension vote - and don't call it a bailout
MLive.com - Apr 18, 2014
Tim Skubick: Legislature may have to take Detroit pension vote - and don't call it a bailout Oh. Oh. Looks like state lawmakers may have to take...
 
Editorial: Consider Detroit's role in crafting a healthy state
The Detroit News - Apr 18, 2014
...have to be raised through a bond sale. That means the Legislature will have to prioritize Detroit s needs over other initiatives, including fixing...
 
New GM's talk is getting old
The Detroit News - Apr 18, 2014
...an independent review headed by Anton Valukas, a former U.S. attorney, to dismiss two engineers tied to the decision not to recall the dodgy...
 
The Failure of Desegregation
The New Yorker Blog - Apr 17, 2014
Bulah v. Gebhart, became part of a cluster of cases heard by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. Sarah Bulah, who had acted against...

Issues of interest to Michigan attorneys on SBM Blog

Throw Back Thursday: Meet one of Michigan's first women lawyers
SBM Blog - Apr 17, 2014
Throw Back Thursday: Meet one of Michigan's first women lawyers Meet Octavia Bates, one of the first women lawyers in Michigan, and one of the...
 
Throw Back Thursday: Does anybody recognize these lawyers?
SBM Blog - Apr 17, 2014
Throw Back Thursday: Does anybody recognize these lawyers? SBM Blog is digging through the State Bar's archives to launch Throw Back Thursdays.
 
The importance of economics in law practice
SBM Blog - Apr 16, 2014
The importance of economics in law practice Check out a very interesting post on MiLWBlog written by Traci Gentilozzi that demonstrates how vital...
 
SBM congratulates former Commissioner David Perkins on investiture
SBM Blog - Apr 16, 2014
SBM congratulates former Commissioner David Perkins on investiture The State Bar of Michigan offers a hearty congratulations to the Hon. The...
 
Make a difference - join a State Bar committee
SBM Blog - Apr 15, 2014
Make a difference - join a State Bar committee You have a chance to make a difference in the legal profession and at the State Bar of Michigan.
 
Have you downloaded the new SBM member app?
SBM Blog - Apr 14, 2014
Have you downloaded the new SBM member app? Have you ever needed to contact a Michigan attorney while on the go? Have you ever needed to contact...
 
You could win an iPad Mini by taking the Bar Journal survey
SBM Blog - Apr 13, 2014
You could win an iPad Mini by taking the Bar Journal survey It has been 12 years since we have surveyed about the Michigan Bar Journal. It has...
     

 

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