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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Michigan Legal News:

Michigan Supreme Court sides with Saginaw grandparents in their bid for visitation rights
Saginaw News - - Apr 23, 2014
Michigan Supreme Court sides with Saginaw grandparents in their bid for visitation rights SAGINAW, MI Robert and Judith Porter may get to see...
Michigan Supreme Court rules against grandmother in Muskegon guardianship case - Apr 23, 2014
Michigan Supreme Court rules against grandmother in Muskegon guardianship case LANSING, MI The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that the Florida...
Eric Holder applauds dissent in Michigan affirmative action case
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2014
...dissent in Michigan affirmative action case Washington U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday praised the dissenting opinion in a Supreme...
In wake of Detroit police rape-kit debacle, proposed law creates kit handling, processing rules - Apr 23, 2014
...than $13.5 million to test all 11,303. The state Legislature has approved a $4 million grant to begin sending out the backlog for testing at...
Michigan medical marijuana law has 'somewhat disastrous' conflict with federal law, judge says - Apr 23, 2014
...marijuana and the state has reaped millions in licensing fees. Grand Rapids attorney James Brady said the law, for many, "has been well accepted...
Appeals court denies Hanger42 claim to $10 million Michigan Film Office tax credit - Apr 23, 2014 credit it had sought from the state of Michigan. The Michigan Court of Appeals issued a ruling stating that the project s parent company,
GM ignition switch recalls targeted in two Flint federal lawsuits that seek class action - Apr 24, 2014
...purchasing vehicles that the company advertised as safe. Dearborn-based attorney Kassem M. Dakhlallah filed a lawsuit in March on behalf of Wayne...
Missouri pension fund sues GM over ignition recall
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2014
...ignored many red flags. GM has hired a former U.S. attorney in Chicago to conduct an independent investigation into how GM handled more than a...
House committee planning new GM recall hearing
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2014
...GM to turn over an internal report, led by a former U.S. Attorney into what went wrong with GM s handling of the flawed part, in the next four...
Detroit plan to recoup $239M paid to annuity accounts threatens some pensions
The Detroit News - Apr 24, 2014 it could be a deal breaker, said Carole Neville, attorney for the Official Committee of Retirees. City officials argue the interest earnings...
Snyder cool to Bolger's call for Detroit unions to help shore up pensions
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2014
...trimmed. But it s not a done deal in the Republican-led Legislature. Last Friday, Bolger said unions should help mitigate the impact on pensioners,
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Tax relief talk losing momentum to road repairs in Lansing - Apr 24, 2014
...Randy Richardville, but any proposal that comes out of the Republican-led Legislature this year may focus on the future rather than the fall. "In...
Electric choice works for big business but could hurt homeowners, experts say - Apr 24, 2014
...choice currently works in Michigan In June 2000, the state Legislature signed into law the Customer and Electric Reliability Act, which allowed...
Candidate Trott's foreclosure work once prompted ex-Mich. GOP chairman to sue him
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2014 sue him Washington Dave Trott, the prominent Oakland County attorney turned GOP congressional candidate, was once sued by the former Michigan...
Grosse Pointe lawyer pleads guilty to embezzling $2.7M, laundering money
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2014, including a 31-foot yacht. Flaska, who has resigned from the Michigan State Bar, will be sentenced Aug. 4. He pleaded guilty in front of...
City of Warren, amputee settle elevator injury lawsuit
The Macomb Daily - Apr 23, 2014
...between the door and its frame, according to her lawsuit. Her attorney said the fracture occurred as she was pinned or when she hit the floor,
Saginaw medical examiner says Gift of Life officials 'want me out of the way' - Apr 24, 2014
...boy's death. In a complaint filed March 18, Ann Arbor attorney Thomas Bourque claims Virani violated state law that required him to perform an autopsy...
Vienna Township board eyes rarely used law to oust supervisor - Apr 24, 2014 oust township Supervisor Randy Taylor on allegations of what a township attorney's written opinion refers to as "habitual drunkenness." VIENNA...
Report on Benton Harbor schools' financial woes is 'big first step' toward financial manager - Apr 24, 2014
...state's Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board can recommend the governor appoint a review team. That team would determine if there is...
Allegan police chief disagrees with felony charges filed against 8-year-old
Kalamazoo - - Apr 23, 2014
...deficit disorder. He said the boy has been assigned a court-appointed attorney, who said the child is likely to be put on probation and receive...
Macomb County courthouse institution, Otis, dies at 96
The Macomb Daily - Apr 23, 2014
...many, but he will be missed by all as a result of his passing. Lawyer Craig Tank said Otis has been shining his shoes for the past 15 to 17 years,

National Legal News:

High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim
The Daily Mining Gazette - Apr 23, 2014
...and confused" by the decision, according to a statement her lawyer posted online. Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court that the appellate...
Victims of toxic water meet skepticism at Supreme Court (AP) - Apr 23, 2014
...the 10-year statute had run out. When Brian Murray, the lawyer for CTS Corp., said Congress in 1986 specifically sought to help victims avoid...
Will the Supreme Court Fix Louisiana's Insidious Jury Rule?
The Atlantic - Apr 23, 2014
Will the Supreme Court Fix Louisiana's Insidious Jury Rule? By allowing non-unanimous verdicts in murder trials, the state makes it possible...
Aereo Arguments at Supreme Court Put Cloud Tech in Hot Seat
Washington Post - Bloomberg - Apr 23, 2014
Aereo Arguments at Supreme Court Put Cloud Tech in Hot Seat (Updates with cloud revenue in 13th paragraph.) (Updates with cloud revenue in 13th...
Net Neutrality Advocates Angered by FCC’s Planned New Rules
Time Magazine - Apr 23, 2014
...benefit their own competing services. In February, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the FCC s authority...
U.S. judge denies Apple's move to hold off e-book antitrust trial
Reuters US News - Apr 23, 2014
...disseminated," the company said in its filing at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Eric Lipman, an assistant attorney general in Texas wrote a letter...
Obama Irks Allies in Judge Picks as Diversity Hits Record
Bloomberg - Apr 23, 2014
versus one Clinton appointee and none during the Bush years. Both Obama Supreme Court appointees are women, one of whom is the first Hispanic to...
New rules to make more convicts eligible for presidential clemency
Detroit Free Press - Apr 23, 2014
...have no history of violence. The six conditions announced by Deputy Attorney General James Cole, which ban inmates with ties to criminal gangs,
Oregon same-sex couples fight gay marriage ban with state on their side
Reuters News - Apr 23, 2014 a trend that has gained momentum since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that legally married same-sex couples nationwide are eligible...
Miss. governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban
USA Today - Apr 23, 2014 generally considered to start at 24 weeks. The U.S. Supreme Court in January declined to reconsider the ruling about the Arizona law by the...
FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
The Washington Post - Apr 24, 2014
Reynolds American to Face Suit on Money Laundering Claims
Bloomberg - Apr 23, 2014
...a series of related cases that were litigated as far as the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is European Community v. RJR Nabisco, 11-02475, Second...
Chiquita asks court to toss terror payments case
Bloomberg Businessweek - Apr 24, 2014
...killed in a bloody civil war. An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel will hear arguments Thursday. Chiquita once had huge banana operations...
Korea ferry accused get court-appointed lawyer
Reuters US News - Apr 24, 2014


Two Justices Debate The Doctrine Of Colorblindness
NPR Blogs - Apr 23, 2014
Two Justices Debate The Doctrine Of Colorblindness The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Michigan voters' 2006 decision to ban affirmative action...
The Case for Race-Blind Affirmative Action
The New Yorker Blog - Apr 23, 2014
...way out. The American public doesn t like it; the Supreme Court is slowly but surely deeming it unconstitutional; and many progressive politicians...
We Can Affirm That Race Matters—But Much Less Than It Used To
Time Magazine - Apr 23, 2014, the Affirmative Action should be about socioeconomics. Now that the Supreme Court has decided that citizens, as well as judiciaries, have the...
I am affirmative action: Column
USA Today - Apr 24, 2014
...action means. I wasn't surprised Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's constitutional ban on affirmative action; in fact, I predicted...
Tim Skubick: Speaker Bolger accused of trying to union bust in Detroit bankruptcy deal - Apr 24, 2014
he needs legislative votes to do it and even the eternal upbeat governor confesses this won t be easy. The controversy focuses on the touchy...
Protect parody tweets: Column
USA Today - Apr 23, 2014
...yourself as a public employee, regardless of intent. Cue the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 2012 struck down the Stolen Valor Act, a federal law that...

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