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Turtle Talk

Turtle Talk

Covers Indian law and politics. By the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law.

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 73

Updates in Michigan Family Law

Updates in Michigan Family Law

Covers adoption, annulment, child abuse, child custody and support, cohabitation, property division, domestic violence, divorce and separation. By Jeanne Hannah.

http://jeannehannah.typepad.com/blog_jeanne_hannah_traver/
  • Apr 27

    Gray Divorce, a Growing Trend.

    Gray Divorce, a Growing Trend.
    "Gray Divorce" is a growing trend. Sociologists Brown and Lin describe their research showing that the divorce rate among adults aged 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010. They concluded that the traditional focus of…
  • Apr 23

    Adult Children of Divorce | Parents' Divorce Hurt Adult Kids Too

    Adult Children of Divorce | Parents' Divorce Hurt Adult Kids Too
    "Gray Divorce" is a growing trend. Adult children of divorced or divorcing parents have a hard time with their parents' divorce. Can you be a parent who doesn't alienate your adult child while you divorce and move on?
  • Apr 17

    Top Mistakes People Make in a Divorce

    Top Mistakes People Make in a Divorce
    MoneyTree CNN published an article about the top ten mistakes people make when in the middle of a high net worth divorce. As a family lawyer for thirty years, the most important mistakes were listed at numbers 7 through 10! In fact, whether…
Rank this Week: 264

Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer…

Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog

Covers Michigan drug crimes and drunk driving. By Attorney Jeffrey J. Randa.

http://www.michigancriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/
  • May 2

    MIchigan DUI Cases and Alcohol Testing

    MIchigan DUI Cases and Alcohol Testing
    This will be an article about "testing" in Michigan DUI cases. As a DUI lawyer who concentrates his practice in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties, I have watched testing as a condition of bond (release) has grown to become…
  • Apr 29

    Quality Time with your Michigan Driver's License Restoration and DUI Lawyer

    Quality Time with your Michigan Driver's License Restoration and DUI Lawyer
    As a Michigan driver's license restoration attorney and DUI lawyer, I sometimes describe myself as being like a "Q-tip," with one end of my practice being capped by DUI cases, the other end capped with license reinstatement appeals,…
  • Apr 25

    Michigan License Restoration Appeals - Who is your Hearing Officer? - Part 2

    Michigan License Restoration Appeals - Who is your Hearing Officer? - Part 2
    In part 1 of this article, I began my updated examination of the Michigan Secretary of State Administrative Hearing Office (AHS) hearing officers who staff the Livonia hearing office, and who decide all the Michigan driver's license…
Rank this Week: 393

One Court of Justice

One Court of Justice

Covers Michigan's appellate courts. By Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

http://www.wnj.com/Blogs/Appellate
  • Apr 29

    COA: Judgment interest is not included with a sanctions award

    COA: Judgment interest is not included with a sanctions award
    In order to recover judgment interest in a civil action, the party must be granted a civil award that is more than an order directing an act be done, says the Court of Appeals in Lech II v Huntmore Estates Condominium Assoc., No.…
  • Apr 28

    COA: Closed informal sessions do not violate the Open Meetings Act

    COA: Closed informal sessions do not violate the Open Meetings Act
    The Michigan Constitution allows governing boards of public universities some latitude to define what constitutes a “formal session” that must be held in public, says the Court of Appeals in Detroit Free Press v University of…
  • Apr 28

    COA: DHHS must conduct an individualized assessment before terminating the rights of a cognitively impaired parent

    COA: DHHS must conduct an individualized assessment before terminating the rights of a cognitively impaired parent
    A parent who is cognitively impaired requires different accommodations than a parent with average cognitive abilities, the Court of Appeals held in In re Hicks/Brown Minors, No. 328870.  Absent individualized accommodations,…
Rank this Week: 471

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

Covers celebrity and true case stories on probate litigation. By Andrew Mayoras.

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 19

    The David Bowie Estate Shows His Genius Extended Beyond Music

    The David Bowie Estate Shows His Genius Extended Beyond Music
    Only a very few pop artists enjoyed lasting careers as diverse, colorful, and successful as David Bowie. He remained fascinating and on the cutting-edge, up until the very end, in ways that extended far beyond making music. Bowie, whose real…
  • Jan 14

    Celebrity Legacies: Conflicts Plagued Tupac Shakur Before And After Death

    Celebrity Legacies: Conflicts Plagued Tupac Shakur Before And After Death
    Tupac Shakur was well-known for his "Thug" image, his rap prowess, and his many Tupac Shakur's estateconflicts -- leading up to the tragic shooting that took his life at age 25. So should anyone be surprised at the high number of legal…
  • Jan 8

    Bill Cosby Headlines The Top Ten Celebrity Legal Battles Of 2015

    Bill Cosby Headlines The Top Ten Celebrity Legal Battles Of 2015
    What better way to start the new year than by counting down Trial & Heirs Top Ten Celebrity Legal Battles of 2015, complete with lessons? 1. Bill Cosby vs. many woman - Andrea Constad is one of dozens of women who have sued Cosby for…
Rank this Week: 511

Michigan Auto Law Blog

Michigan Auto Law Blog

Provides tips, news and information for Michigan auto accident victims, drivers, and lawyers. By Steven M. Gursten.

http://www.michiganautolaw.com/auto-lawyers-blog
  • Apr 25

    Defense lawyers must produce surveillance within 28 day

    Defense lawyers must produce surveillance within 28 day
    Insurance defense lawyers have less than a month to produce surveillance of auto accident victims – not when it’s convenient for them There is a big problem in Michigan with insurance companies abusing discovery, and nowhere is…
  • Apr 25

    How to report an unsafe trucking company

    How to report an unsafe trucking company
    A lawyer’s response to a plea from a truck driver bring pressured by his employer to break the laws I recently received a plea for help from a truck driver who e-mailed me: “The company that I drive for has … Continue…
  • Apr 24

    Meet Jordan Jones, our newest trial and pre-litigation attorney

    Meet Jordan Jones, our newest trial and pre-litigation attorney
    Jordan Jones is the latest addition to the Michigan Auto Law team. Jordan started off at the firm as a law clerk, and he’s hit the ground running faster than perhaps any new personal injury attorney in Michigan. Jordan already ……
Rank this Week: 523

National Eminent Domain Blog

National Eminent Domain Blog

Covers eminent domain news with a focus on Michigan. By Ackerman Ackerman & Dynkowski.

http://www.nationaleminentdomain.com/
  • Dec 2

    What is the Proper Authority of a Public Service Commission in Route Determinations?

    What is the Proper Authority of a Public Service Commission in Route Determinations?
    Public Service Commissions, called Public Utilities Commissions in some States, have the right to determine and approve pipeline. In South ... The post What is the Proper Authority of a Public Service Commission in Route Determinations?…
  • Dec 2

    What is the Proper Authority of a Public Service Commission in Route Determinations?

    What is the Proper Authority of a Public Service Commission in Route Determinations?
    Public Service Commissions, called Public Utilities Commissions in some States, have the right to determine and approve pipeline. In South Dakota, a dissenting commissioner complained that the pipe was too close to the growth area of a…
  • Nov 16

    Do Toll Roads Have Priority Over Railroads?

    Do Toll Roads Have Priority Over Railroads?
      Canadian Pacific Railroad is taking on the privately owned Illinois Tollway. Because of the changes in the interchange system, the authority now seeks to acquire, by eminent domain, major portions of a Canadian Pacific Chicago rail…
Rank this Week: 602

Michigan Collection Law Blog

Michigan Collection Law Blog

Covers collection agencies, collection law firms, and debt collection. By Nitzkin & Associates.

http://michigancollectionlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 648

Health Law Attorney Blog

Health Law Attorney Blog

Covers health law and compliance issues. By The Health Law Partners.

http://www.healthlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Apr 7

    American Bar Association's Physicians Legal Issues Conference on June 9-10, 2016, in Chicago, IL.

    American Bar Association's Physicians Legal Issues Conference on June 9-10, 2016, in Chicago, IL.
    Adrienne Dresevic, Esq., of The Health Law Partners, PC, and Kathleen DeBruhl of DeBruhl Haynes, The Health Law Group, are pleased to announce the American Bar Association Health Law Section's Physicians Legal Issues Conference on June 9-10,…
  • Apr 6

    Adrienne Dresevic and Clinton Mikel Earn the "Pulitzer Prize" of Legal Writing

    Adrienne Dresevic and Clinton Mikel Earn the "Pulitzer Prize" of Legal Writing
    Please join The Health Law Partners, P.C., in congratulating Adrienne Dresevic (a Founding Shareholder), and Clinton Mikel (a Partner), for earning what has been described as the "Pulitzer Prize of Legal Writing". The Burton Award for…
  • Mar 22

    OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

    OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program
    The HHS Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") has announced that it will begin the 2016 Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program, the next phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates. In Phase 2, OCR will review the policies and…
Rank this Week: 977

Michigan Criminal Lawyers Blog

Michigan Criminal Lawyers Blog

Covers Michigan DUI, drug and violent crime defense. By Grabel & Associates.

http://www.michigancriminallawyers-blog.com/
  • Apr 29

    Voice Technology Helping Law Firms Become More Efficient

    Voice Technology Helping Law Firms Become More Efficient
    In the “old days” so to speak, law firms relied on their secretaries or administrative assistants to take dictation before typing out memos, letters, and other documents.  Even over the last decade, it’s amazing how…
  • Apr 27

    Michigan Trial Courts: Circuit, District and Probate Court

    Michigan Trial Courts: Circuit, District and Probate Court
    Many people are not aware of the fact that Michigan trial courts include the circuit, district, and probate courts.  All of the courts serve different purposes, however the district court is the one most are familiar with and is often…
  • Apr 25

    Norfolk, VA Drunk Driving Crash Results in Death of Woman

    Norfolk, VA Drunk Driving Crash Results in Death of Woman
    Recently, a 23-year-old woman passed away due to injuries she suffered as a passenger in a vehicle involved in a three-car accident. According to news reports, Thomas Walters of Virginia Beach did not stop at an intersection, which resulted…
Rank this Week: 996

Michigan Sex Crime Attorneys Blog

Michigan Sex Crime Attorneys Blog

Covers sex crime laws and cases. By Grabel & Associates.

http://www.michigansexcrimeattorneys.com/
  • May 2

    How to Remove Your Name from SORA (Sex Offender Registry)

    How to Remove Your Name from SORA (Sex Offender Registry)
    Anyone who is a registered sex offender knows the negative impact it has on your life.  Most sex offenders are shunned by society, have problems finding employment or housing, and face other tough issues.  Whether you’ve been…
  • Apr 20

    Housecleaning Ad Leads to Accusations of Sexual Assault

    Housecleaning Ad Leads to Accusations of Sexual Assault
    A Dearborn man has been charged with attempted sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly lured a woman to an abandoned home through a housecleaning ad in Canton, according to news reports. The two met in…
  • Apr 13

    Ypsilanti Man Accused of Drugging & Raping Woman Testifies at Second Trial

    Ypsilanti Man Accused of Drugging & Raping Woman Testifies at Second Trial
    Kip Wilson, a 47-year-old Huron High School teacher and resident of Ypsilanti, is on trial again for the alleged drugging and rape of a woman who Wilson claims he was trying to build an exclusive relationship with. The alleged rape took place…
Rank this Week: 1096

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers trusts, probate, elder law, and estate planning. By Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC.

http://www.michiganestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Oct 15

    KNOWING MARYLAND’S MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND WHEN TO CALL A LAWYER

    KNOWING MARYLAND’S MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND WHEN TO CALL A LAWYER
    That opening line of the Hippocratic Oath isn’t always so uncomplicated as it is brief. Maryland medical malpractice lawyers engage hundreds, if not thousands of cases yearly in which medical professionals left their patients in worse…
  • Oct 9

    Looking At Bankruptcy Law In California

    Looking At Bankruptcy Law In California
    Setbacks are common in life. If your financial situation has spiraled out of control it’s wise that you apply for insolvency. Paths of Alleviation Personal bankruptcy laws supply you with two paths for relief: chapter 7 as well as…
  • Sep 23

    Question Your Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Carefully

    Question Your Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Carefully
    Miami’s best criminal defense lawyers are paid handsomely to balance out bad luck, bad decisions and bad circumstances that can land anyone in a sling. When the law deals you a bad hand, your first call should always go out to a trusted…
Rank this Week: 1146

The Law Blogger

The Law Blogger

Covers Michigan legal news. From the Oakland Press.

http://oplawblog.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 30

    Should a Supreme Court Justice Maintain Regular Office Hours?

    Should a Supreme Court Justice Maintain Regular Office Hours?
    Over the years, we have observed Fox 2 Detroit's "ambush journalism" in the context of the judiciary. Who could forget the piece that ended former Judge Dennis Powers' career as a district court judge in Novi; or their -unsuccessful- attempt…
  • Apr 19

    Executive Branch's Immigration Policy Challenged by States at the SCOTUS

    Executive Branch's Immigration Policy Challenged by States at the SCOTUS
    It's that time of year when the SCOTUS is awash in oral arguments that will lead to the seminal opinions of this term. So it was yesterday at the High Court in Washington, D.C. for argument in the case of United States v Texas, posing an…
  • Apr 14

    Led Zeppelin's Copyright Litigation Headed to Trial

    Led Zeppelin's Copyright Litigation Headed to Trial
    Full disclosure: like many of the over-50 readers of this blog, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" is one of this author's favorite songs. That iconic track, perhaps more than any other, cemented Zeppelin's status as one of the greatest rock…
Rank this Week: 1283

Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog

Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog

Covers news about and opinions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the sixth Circuit with an emphasis on business cases. By Squire Sanders.

http://www.sixthcircuitappellateblog.com/
  • Feb 20

    Federal Questions, Removal, and Remand: Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action FICA Claim

    Federal Questions, Removal, and Remand: Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action FICA Claim
    In a published decision this week, the Sixth Circuit reviewed the dismissal of an employee’s claim for excessive withholding of FICA taxes against her employer. In affirming the district court’s refusal to remand the federal…
  • Feb 16

    Sixth Circuit Takes A Hard Look At Statutory Attorney’s Fee

    Sixth Circuit Takes A Hard Look At Statutory Attorney’s Fee
    In a published opinion last week, the Sixth Circuit examined and rejected the award of more than $500,000 in attorney’s fees to People First of Tennessee in relation to its work in 2008 on a contempt motion against the State of…
  • Feb 12

    Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Affirms $200,000 Attorney Sanction

    Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Affirms $200,000 Attorney Sanction
    In a sternly-worded, sixty-page opinion last week, the Sixth Circuit’s Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed a bankruptcy court’s $200,000 sanctions order against an attorney that arose from a plethora of litigation over an…
Rank this Week: 1396

Health Law News and Notes

Health Law News and Notes

Covers healthcare regulatory news impacting physicians and other healthcare providers. By Amy Fehn.

http://www.healthlawoffices.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1403

Software Intellectual Property…

Software Intellectual Property Report

Covers the places where software intersects the law of intellectual property. By Charles A. Bieneman.

http://swipreport.com/
  • Apr 30

    Lessons from the USPTO’s Patent Quality Symposium

    Lessons from the USPTO’s Patent Quality Symposium
    The USPTO is working in a number of ways to emphasize clarity in patent prosecution.  That is the clear theme emerging from the USPTO’s Patent Quality Symposium, which I attended in Alexandria on April 27, 2016.  In listening…
  • Apr 29

    Cert. Denied in Google Books Copyright Case: Big Win for Fair Use Doctrine

    Cert. Denied in Google Books Copyright Case: Big Win for Fair Use Doctrine
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied review of the Second Circuit decision in The Authors Guild et al. v. Google Inc., 804 F.3d 202 (2d Cir. 2015), finalizing a decision allowing Google to continue its mass digitization projects as fair…
  • Apr 27

    Haircuts Are Not Patent-Eligible, Says Federal Circuit

    Haircuts Are Not Patent-Eligible, Says Federal Circuit
    Claims in a patent application that were directed to a method of hair-cutting are not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the Federal Circuit has held.  In re Brown, No. 2015-1852 (Fed. Cir. April 22, 2016) (per curiam). …
Rank this Week: 1483

The MTTLR Blog

The MTTLR Blog

By the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.

http://www.mttlrblog.org/
  • Nov 21

    Old Regulations, New Technology

    Old Regulations, New Technology
    California’s Bay Area is moving towards a new means of transportation, but not if the state government can have its way. SideCar is a San Francisco-based startup that offers real-time ridesharing to a community of smartphone users who need…
  • Nov 14

    YouTube Updates its Content ID Dispute Process, but is it Enough?

    YouTube Updates its Content ID Dispute Process, but is it Enough?
    On October 3, 2012, YouTube announced a change in its content ID dispute process, as updated on its blog. What does this update really mean and why does it matter? A short story might help clarify the situation.
  • Nov 12

    Are Your E-mail Communications Protected by the Stored Communications Act?

    Are Your E-mail Communications Protected by the Stored Communications Act?
    Last month, the Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) did not protect e-mails contained in a user’s webmail account. Jennings v. Jennings, No. 27177 2012 WL 4808545 (S.C. Oct. 10, 2012). The…
Rank this Week: 1506

Michigan Criminal Appeals

Michigan Criminal Appeals

Covers criminal appellate law. By Stuart G. Friedman.

http://www.crimapp.com/index.php
  • Aug 24

    Court of Appeals Invalidates Patient-to-Patient Sales Under Medical Marijuana Act

    Court of Appeals Invalidates Patient-to-Patient Sales Under Medical Marijuana Act
    Narrowly construing Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act, the Court of Appeals just ruled that patient-to-patient transfers are not permitted.
  • Aug 23

    Sex Offenders: The Last Pariah'

    Sex Offenders: The Last Pariah'
    The blog Congress, Courts, and Sex Offenders has an interesting editorial making the case that society’s current obsession with sex offenders is misplaced and that they have become the last pariahs.
  • Aug 23

    California Legislature Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Searche

    California Legislature Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Searche
    Overturning a California Supreme Court decision to the contrary, the California Legislature has required police to get warrants supported by probable cause to search people’s cell phones. During an automobile stop, police can easily search…
Rank this Week: 1528

Michigan Construction Law

Michigan Construction Law

Focuses on developments in Michigan construction law.

http://michiganconstructionlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 2

    FAR Amendments Designed to Speed Up Payment to Subcontractor

    FAR Amendments Designed to Speed Up Payment to Subcontractor
    On November 25, 2013,  the DOD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) to incorporate a new clause to provide accelerated payments to small business subcontractors.The new clause [FAR…
  • Sep 15

    Sixth Circuit Upholds Michigan Law Limiting Project Labor Agreement

    Sixth Circuit Upholds Michigan Law Limiting Project Labor Agreement
    On September 6, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to uphold the "Michigan Fair and Open Competition in Government Construction Act" (PA 98 of 2011).  The act prohibits a city, village, township or other governmental…
  • Jan 14

    New Law Expands Protection of Michigan's Anti-Indemnification Law

    New Law Expands Protection of Michigan's Anti-Indemnification Law
    The final days of 2012 saw a flurry of activity by the Michigan Legislature. Among the new legislation passed during an historic lame duck session was a significant legislative victory for contractors and design professionals.  Public…
Rank this Week: 1618

Health Care Lawyer Blog

Health Care Lawyer Blog

Covers health care law news, issues and court decisions. By Frank Haron Weiner, P.L.C.

http://www.healthcarelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1619

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Covers Michigan law topics.

http://www.garmokiste.com
  • Sep 17

    Mary Jane Elliott

    Mary Jane Elliott
    Have you been hassled by a collections agent or sued by Mary Jane Elliott, P.C.? Daily thousands of people in Michigan are sued in debt collections action. These occur when holders of debt hire aggressive debt collections attorneys or…
  • Jul 29

    Do Not Waste a Second Chance by Violating Your Probation

    Do Not Waste a Second Chance by Violating Your Probation
    Violating Your Parole When granted parole after being a victim of a crime, you have to adhere to a set of strict rules. In comparison to going to jail, these rules are not that bad. Violating any of these rules can lead to sever consequences.…
  • Jun 19

    Leikin Ingber and Winters PC Lawsuit? We Can Help

    Leikin Ingber and Winters PC Lawsuit? We Can Help
    With Debt Collection, Communication Can Cost You Are you currently being pursued in a debt collection action? Communication between the debt collection agency and yourself can mean more than you think. Collections agency and debt collections…
Rank this Week: 1672

Wachler & Associates Health Law…

Wachler & Associates Health Law Blog

Covers health law, recovery audit contractors, compliance and medicare. By Wachler & Associates, P.C.

http://www.wachlerblog.com/
  • Apr 22

    Chicago-Area Doctor Convicted of Violating Federal Anti-Kickback Statute

    Chicago-Area Doctor Convicted of Violating Federal Anti-Kickback Statute
    In March, a federal jury convicted a Chicago-area physician on ten counts related to violations of the federal anti-kickback statute (AKS). According to a release by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Dr. Venkateswara Kuchipudi is…
  • Apr 18

    CMS Releases Final Rule on Reporting and Returning Medicare Overpayment

    CMS Releases Final Rule on Reporting and Returning Medicare Overpayment
    On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its long-awaited Final Rule regarding the reporting and returning of Medicare overpayments. The Final Rule requires providers and suppliers receiving funds…
  • Mar 1

    HHS Modifies HIPAA to Allow for Easier Firearm Background Check

    HHS Modifies HIPAA to Allow for Easier Firearm Background Check
    In January, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule, which modifies HIPAA privacy rules to allow for easier sharing between certain HIPAA covered entities and the National…
Rank this Week: 1810

Michigan Longterm Disability…

Michigan Longterm Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog

Covers ERISA, insurance bad faith, and LTD policy issues. By Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates P.C.

http://www.michiganlongtermdisabilityinsurancelawyer.com/
  • Jan 5

    SMDA STRINGS TOGETHER ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS WINS

    SMDA STRINGS TOGETHER ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS WINS
    Anyone familiar with LTD Insurance claims and ERISA knows that you must first exhaust your administrative remedies before filing suit. In other words, you have to try and convince the LTD insurer to reverse its decision to deny the claim for…
  • Nov 3

    CIGNA REVERSES LTD CLAIM DENIAL ON APPEAL

    CIGNA REVERSES LTD CLAIM DENIAL ON APPEAL
    SMDA recently convinced Cigna to overturn a claims denial decision by filing a comprehensive administrative appeal of the LTD claims denial decision. SMDA was hired by a client who worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines who developed significant…
  • Sep 8

    SMDA Partner wins 7 figure Verdict

    SMDA Partner wins 7 figure Verdict
    While this blog is normally devoted to all things Long Term Disability, I wanted to give a shout out to my legal partner, Phil Serafini who obtained an outstanding result in a automobile no-fault case. SMDA was contacted by the mother of a…
Rank this Week: 1848

electronic divorce attorney

electronic divorce attorney

Covers Michigan divorce and family law matters. By Timothy P. Flynn.

http://electronicdivorceattorney.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 28

    Completing Divorce in One Year

    Completing Divorce in One Year
    In 2003, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an administrative order requiring all county family court judges to complete divorces within a year of their filing. Since that time, county family court judges have struggled to comply.Under the…
  • Sep 25

    False Child Abuse and Neglect Complaint

    False Child Abuse and Neglect Complaint
    Sometimes, co-parents take an overly aggressive approach to reporting perceived wrongs to their county Child Protective Services. If this becomes a habit, there are steps the target parent can take to protect their custody position in a…
  • Sep 4

    Family Court Judge Refuses Divorce

    Family Court Judge Refuses Divorce
    Chancellor Jeffrey AthertonSometimes, a judge is just looking for some cheap professional attention. That's what we suspect occurred this week when a Tennessee family court judge cited the SCOTUS marriage equality decision, among other…
Rank this Week: 2042

Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyer Mike…

Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyer Mike Shovan

Covers filing bankruptcy in Michigan.

http://bankruptcy-in-michigan.com/
  • Apr 5

    WHY REAFFIRM A MORTGAGE LOAN IN MICHIGAN?

    WHY REAFFIRM A MORTGAGE LOAN IN MICHIGAN?
    Entering into a reaffirmation agreement on a fixed term mortgage is not generally advised.  The vast majority of attorneys will advise their clients not to sign reaffirmation agreements regarding fixed term mortgage loans, unless there…
  • Feb 3

    EXCEPTIONS TO REPORTING 1099-C FORGIVENESS OF INDEBTEDNESS

    EXCEPTIONS TO REPORTING 1099-C FORGIVENESS OF INDEBTEDNESS
    You do not have to report 1009-C income on your current year income tax return for the following types of debts: 1. Debts discharged in bankruptcy. If you filed for bankruptcy protection, do not report the canceled debt as income. ……
  • Oct 20

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Develop the First Ever Industry-Wide Standards for Student Loan Servicing Companie

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Develop the First Ever Industry-Wide Standards for Student Loan Servicing Companie
    As reported by DeWayne Sheaffer, President of NEA’s National Council for Higher Education, this past summer the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) listened to the voices of more than 30,000 frustrated Americans, including…
Rank this Week: 2167

Equine Law Blog

Equine Law Blog

Covers laws, legal developments, and "fine points" in the law that can have important consequences for businesses, associations, companies, non-profits, and individual horse owners. By Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.

http://www.equinelawblog.com/
  • May 1

    Stable Rules: What's on YOUR Wall?

    Stable Rules: What's on YOUR Wall?
    Should your stable have rules? Stable rules list the various policies and regulations governing activities on the property. In developing and posting them, stables try to establish limits for customers and visitors, set expectations, and…
  • Apr 12

    Does Your Boarding Contract Include a Release? Should It?

    Does Your Boarding Contract Include a Release? Should It?
    For years, we have written about the importance of liability releases used by horse owners, instructors, trainers, stables, and others in the equine industry. Stables that use boarding contracts without proper release clauses could be missing…
  • Mar 27

    Equine Industry Liability Releases: Are Fewer Words Better?

    Equine Industry Liability Releases: Are Fewer Words Better?
    Julie Fershtman, our Equine Law practitioner, is speaking at the 31st Annual National Conference on Equine Law in Lexington, Kentucky, on the topic of liability releases in equine activities. Today’s blog post shares some of her…
Rank this Week: 2220

Michigan Criminal Lawyer Blog

Michigan Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers Michigan criminal law. By Abdo Law Firm.

http://www.michigancriminallawyer-blog.com/
  • Jul 14

    Michigan Driver Responsibility Fees; It Pays to Fight Every Traffic Ticket!

    Michigan Driver Responsibility Fees; It Pays to Fight Every Traffic Ticket!
    Since 2003, the State of Michigan collects Driver Responsibility Fees against driver’s when excessive points are abstracted on a person’s driving record (Category 1 Offenses). Fees are also collected for specific offenses,…
  • Jul 3

    EMBEZZLEMENT OFFENSES IN MICHIGAN

    EMBEZZLEMENT OFFENSES IN MICHIGAN
    In Michigan, the offense of embezzlement is a crime of opportunity which is committed by someone who is in a position of trust (such as a cashier or teller) or in a special position to care for the property of another (accountant). The…
  • Mar 24

    Forfeitures of Property and Cash when Charged or Suspected of a Crime

    Forfeitures of Property and Cash when Charged or Suspected of a Crime
    A recent article in the Detroit Free Press says what I have been wanting to say about forfeitures, “Justifiable Seizures Or Legal Shakedowns by the Police?” The article makes several observations: -Michigan gets a D- as being one…
Rank this Week: 2310

Michigan Employment Law Connection

Michigan Employment Law Connection

Covers labor, employment, and employment discrimination law with emphasis on Michigan recent developments and impact of HR professionals. By John Holmquist.

http://www.michiganemploymentlawconnection.com/
  • Aug 27

    Background checks...time for honesty?

    Background checks...time for honesty?
    The tragic shootings involving the WDBJ crew and the subsequent information which is coming to light concerning Vester Flanagan will trigger discussions about workplace violence and employees who have anger issues.  There is another…
  • Jul 5

    Changing latitude

    Changing latitude
    Unfortunately my blog has been neglected as we plan and execute a move to the lower latitudes, Georgia to be exact.  Once we get settled, I will be more diligent.I have spent 40 years practicing labor and employment law in…
  • Jun 5

    The 6th Circuit and overtime: uh oh

    The 6th Circuit and overtime: uh oh
    In Moran v. Al Basit LLC , the 6th Circuit  posed the question of whether plaintiff's testimony is sufficient to defeat a motion for summary judgment where plaintiff presented no other evidence with respect to the amount of overtime he…
Rank this Week: 2417

Michigan Employment Law Advisor

Michigan Employment Law Advisor

Covers employment discrimination, hiring, terminations and technology issues. By Jason Shinn.

http://www.michiganemploymentlawadvisor.com
  • Apr 19

    NLRB Finds Employer’s Workplace Rules Violated Federal Labor Law

    NLRB Finds Employer’s Workplace Rules Violated Federal Labor Law
    Another day and another National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision about the legality of employer rules. Once again the NLRB issued an opinion about workplace rules that could be (maybe, possibly, sort of, etc.) construed as interfering…
  • Apr 13

    Can an Employer’s Religious Belief Defeat a Discriminatory Firing?

    Can an Employer’s Religious Belief Defeat a Discriminatory Firing?
    Can an employer’s religious beliefs defeat an otherwise discriminatory termination? Employers in Michigan may soon have much-needed guidance on this issue based on an employment discrimination case filed by the Equal Employment…
  • Apr 4

    NLRB Agenda Continues to Focus on Non-Union Employee Right

    NLRB Agenda Continues to Focus on Non-Union Employee Right
    A recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board provides employers with a reason to carefully evaluate disciplining employees who make negative comments about their company’s products. Specifically, on 3/25/2016,…
Rank this Week: 2462

Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Covers VA benefits. By Serafini, Michalowski & Derkacz

http://www.militaryveteranattorney.com/
  • Nov 23

    VA Expands Agent Orange Exposure List

    VA Expands Agent Orange Exposure List
    Michigan Vietnam Veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange may now have the ability to file for benefits. The Department of Veteran's Affairs recently expanded its list of ships that were subject to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam…
  • Nov 11

    Additional VA Benefit

    Additional VA Benefit
    We frequently come across others that assist veterans with benefits other than non-service connected benefits like aid and attendance. Benefits provided by the GI Bill or through the service connect programs can also assist veterans with…
  • Oct 19

    VA Benefits 2016 Cost of Living Adjustment

    VA Benefits 2016 Cost of Living Adjustment
    Metro Detroit and West Michigan seniors that receive VA benefits for long term care through VA Aid and Attendance Benefit, have always looked forward to the annual federal budget announcement of the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). This…
Rank this Week: 2585

Michigan Workers' Compensation Law

Michigan Workers' Compensation Law

Covers workers compensation law in Michigan. By Ronald W. Ryan.

http://michcomplaw.typepad.com/michcomplaw/
Rank this Week: 2630

Koehlerlegal

Koehlerlegal

Discusses current cases and issues in the law. By Kurt T. Koehler.

http://www.koehlerlegal.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 30

    "Hoverboard" Patent Litigation

    "Hoverboard" Patent Litigation
    "Hoverboards" as they have become known, have become popular this past year.  As explained in this Wall Street Journal article, the history and intellectual property behind the device is a bit murky.  When it comes to this…
  • Feb 28

    The Second Amendment and Californa's Mandatory Microstamping Law

    The Second Amendment and Californa's Mandatory Microstamping Law
    In 2007 California enacted a law banning the sale of handguns that lack the ability to imprint the weapon's make, model, and serial number on the cartridge when the bullet is fired.  The purpose of the law is fairly obvious. …
  • Jan 1

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!
    Happy New Year, 2015!Below are some links about the New Year.  Among other things, New York has banned taking selfie photos with tigers, lions, and other big…
Rank this Week: 2695

electronic criminal lawyer

electronic criminal lawyer

Covers criminal law and its process. By Timothy P. Flynn.

http://e-crimlawyer.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 1

    Medical Marijuana Distribution Law Suit

    Medical Marijuana Distribution Law Suit
    An East-side lawyer that owns a medical marijuana distribution or transfer center -the lawyer refuses to call his business a dispensary- filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in Macomb County Circuit Court on Monday. The complaint alleges the…
  • Aug 13

    Judge's Aggressive Questioning Results in New Trial

    Judge's Aggressive Questioning Results in New Trial
    Jackson Circuit Judge John McBainA defendant in Jackson County was tried for murder in the 2010 death of his 3-month old son. The prosecutor's theory was that the father caused his infant son's death by shaking him or throwing him against a…
  • Aug 5

    Sentencing Guidelines Abandoned as Unconstitutional

    Sentencing Guidelines Abandoned as Unconstitutional
    Lockridge with Attorney Jerry SabbotaLong-challenged in other states and repeatedly addressed at the SCOTUS, the Michigan Supreme Court finally abandoned the state legislature's attempt at a mandatory indeterminate sentencing scheme in favor…
Rank this Week: 2706

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers…

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers Blog

Covers debt collection, credit reports, and foreclosure defense.

http://www.micreditlawyer.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2789

Defending The Digital Workplace

Defending The Digital Workplace

Addresses technology and employment law issues facing business professionals. By Jason Shinn.

http://jshinn.wordpress.com
  • Sep 1

    Resources and Links for Employment Law Issues Facing Employers and Employee

    Resources and Links for Employment Law Issues Facing Employers and Employee
    I no longer actively publish on this blog site. However, readers of this blog or those interested in issues at the intersection of employment law and technology issues can still discuss these issues with me at my new blog, The Michigan…
  • Sep 1

    Resources and Links for Employment Law Issues Facing Employers and Employee

    Resources and Links for Employment Law Issues Facing Employers and Employee
    I no longer actively publish on this blog site. However, readers of this blog or those interested in issues at the intersection of employment law and technology issues can still discuss these issues with me at my new blog, The Michigan…
  • Feb 7

    Facebook Firing Ends in Settlement with NLRB

    Facebook Firing Ends in Settlement with NLRB
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it had reached a settlement in a case involving an employee’s discharge for posting negative comments about a supervisor on the employee’s Facebook page. Click here for the…
Rank this Week: 2897

ED Michigan IP Report

ED Michigan IP Report

Discusses patent and other intellectual property litigation news from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

http://edmichipreport.com/
Rank this Week: 2992

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer…

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer Blog

Covers asseet protection planning and issues. By Weisman, Young & Ruemenapp.

http://www.michiganassetprotectionlawyerblog.com/
  • Feb 19

    Availability of Injunction Remedy Against Recalcitrant Debtor

    Availability of Injunction Remedy Against Recalcitrant Debtor
    Asset protection attorneys who are involved in defending against post judgment discovery and related collection activity have long been aware that debtors are required to submit to creditor examinations and provide information. Nonetheless,…
  • Jan 19

    Irrevocable Spendthrift Trusts — Outside the Reach of a Beneficiary’s Creditors — Not True in the Case of a Divorce

    Irrevocable Spendthrift Trusts — Outside the Reach of a Beneficiary’s Creditors — Not True in the Case of a Divorce
    Asset protection lawyers are almost universally in agreement that assets in an irrevocable spendthrift trust established by a third party (often a parent) for the benefit of a beneficiary (typically a child) are not available to satisfy the…
  • Oct 21

    Issues for Single Member LLC’s as Asset Protection Vehicle

    Issues for Single Member LLC’s as Asset Protection Vehicle
    For a period of time, asset protection planners were quite concerned (and rightly so) about whether single member limited liability companies would be treated the same as multi-member LLC’s if a member’s creditor sought to…
Rank this Week: 3020

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate…

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law

Covers Michigan estate planning, wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, elder law, caregiving, family matters and growing older . By Glenn Matecun.

http://matecunlaw.wordpress.com
  • Jan 19

    Do you see the real person, or just what you want to see?

    Do you see the real person, or just what you want to see?
    This is a preview of this month’s legal corner article which will be published on January 27, 2016. “Uniqueness is what makes you the most beautiful.”  ~ Lea Michele I was re-reading one of the late Stephen…
  • Mar 31

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?
    Check this out if you want to learn more about how a Michigan Lady Bird Deed works and how it can help with your Will, Trust or other estate planning.
  • Mar 31

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?
    Check this out if you want to learn more about how a Michigan Lady Bird Deed works and how it can help with your Will, Trust or other estate planning.
Rank this Week: 3160

The Business of Patents

The Business of Patents

Looks at patent law in a client-centered way and explains how the patent law should inform strategic decision making. By Hansen IP Law PLLC.

http://hanseniplaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 23

    Pitfalls of Patent Cases Involving “Paradigm” or “Representative” Patents and Claim

    Pitfalls of Patent Cases Involving “Paradigm” or “Representative” Patents and Claim
    Every patent claim in every patent is its own invention and stands on its own.  An accused infringer is liable for patent infringement if it infringes at least one patent claim in one asserted patent.  Some patent cases involve…
  • Jan 19

    Monetizing Your Patents – The Dangers of Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction

    Monetizing Your Patents – The Dangers of Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction
    Now you have your shiny, new issued patent, and you want to go forth and profit from it.  To do that, you need to let all of those “infringers” (okay, “potential licensees”) know that you have a patent and that…
  • Nov 24

    The America Invents Act: This Isn’t Your Father’s On-Sale Bar

    The America Invents Act: This Isn’t Your Father’s On-Sale Bar
    With the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), the United States went from a first to invent to a first inventor to file system of determining priority of patent rights. However, that was not all that changed with the…
Rank this Week: 3333

Michael Morse's Technology and…

Michael Morse's Technology and Management Blog

Covers cool sites, gadgets, and technology and management tips.

http://www.michaelmorsesblog.com
  • Feb 2

    Desktop Virtualization Saves Cost

    Desktop Virtualization Saves Cost
    Sometime ago I made an investment in technology and it has begun to pay off.  Those in the practice of law may know I have been a pioneer in paperless office innovation using an array of desktop and network scanners.  Several years ago I…
  • Nov 11

    Try Echosign for Electronic Signature

    Try Echosign for Electronic Signature
    Electronic signatures are getting more and more popular. Federal courts now accept electronic signatures, state courts are starting to, and businesses use them to execute contracts. If you are considering using digital signatures for your…
  • Sep 14

    Organize Your Inbox

    Organize Your Inbox
    Gmail has a brand new feature to help you stay better organized.  It’s called priority inbox. Google has designed formulas that determine whether an email is important or not. They figure this out based on which emails you read and which…
Rank this Week: 3351

Health Care Law Blog

Health Care Law Blog

Covers health care reform, HIPAA, compliance, regulations, billing/payment, Medicare & Medicaid, fraud & abuse, employment, tax and other related topics. By Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.

http://www.healthlawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3370

Invictus legal Group, PLLC

Invictus legal Group, PLLC

Covers Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. By Kevin C. Johnson.

http://johnsonwilk.net/bankruptcy/bk/
Rank this Week: 3431

Information Technology Law Blog

Information Technology Law Blog

Covers social media, e-discovery, privacy, and intellectual property. By Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.

http://www.michiganitlaw.com/
  • Apr 27

    Uber Pays $100 Million to Settle “Employee or Independent Contractor?” Class Action Case

    Uber Pays $100 Million to Settle “Employee or Independent Contractor?” Class Action Case
    In January we updated you on the numerous legal battles Uber was fighting across the country related to its classification of its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. Uber, the on-demand car service, recently put one of…
  • Mar 17

    What is a Trademark?

    What is a Trademark?
    What is a trademark? A trademark is the identity that you have in the marketplace specifically associated with your goods or services. Any name, phrase, identity, symbol or logo your company uses in conjunction with selling your goods and…
  • Mar 6

    Intellectual Property: Copyright

    Intellectual Property: Copyright
    Business owners need to understand copyrights. The video below continues Foster Swift's Legal Basics for Business Video Series by explaining the basics of copyrights. Learn more about copyrights and how they are important to your business in…
Rank this Week: 3442

Steve Harms - Credit and…

Steve Harms - Credit and Collections

Information for credit and collections professionals.

http://steveharms-creditandcollections.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    FDCPA....your letters don't have to use the EXACT language if they mean the same thing!

    FDCPA....your letters don't have to use the EXACT language if they mean the same thing!
    So, what would happen if your validation letter to a debtor read that the debtor has to respond within "30 days of receiving this letter" rather than within "30 days after receiving this letter"???A suit was brought on the use of "of"…
  • Mar 28

    Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: A bill to modify it

    Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: A bill to modify it
    Collection attorneys dealing with consumer debtors in matters of litigation are frustrated endlessly by the FDCPA communication requirements as "communications" are to be conveyed to a debtor only if the debt collector id's himself/herself as…
  • Mar 28

    Collection through garnishment: there are some exemption

    Collection through garnishment: there are some exemption
    In prior postings on this site, I've expressed the need to be creative and be willing to develop strategies as to the most effective forms of post judgment collection remedies.Be aware that numerous resources are exempt in whole or in…
Rank this Week: 3539

Harvey Kruse, P.C. Blog

Harvey Kruse, P.C. Blog

Covers Michigan business law and litigation topics.

http://www.harveykruse.com/blog
  • Apr 1

    U.S. Supreme Court Adopts “Nerve Center” Diversity Jurisdiction Test

    U.S. Supreme Court Adopts “Nerve Center” Diversity Jurisdiction Test
    In Hertz Corp. v. Friend, 2010 U.S. LEXIS 1897 (Feb. 23, 2010), the United States Supreme Court finally resolved a split among the circuits on how to analyze where a corporation’s “principal place of business” is for purposes of…
  • Oct 19

    PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD IMPOSE $1 MILLION FINES ON INSURANCE COMPANIES

    PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD IMPOSE $1 MILLION FINES ON INSURANCE COMPANIES
    Several Michigan State Representatives have taken steps to enact legislation to hold insurance companies “accountable” for perceived misdeeds.  State Representatives Vicki Barnett, Mike Simpson, Lisa Brown and Jon Switalski have proposed…
  • Oct 19

    Should Your Company Hire National Trial Counsel?

    Should Your Company Hire National Trial Counsel?
    As product liability lawsuits continue to cut into slim margins of profit in recession based sales, many companies are looking for a solution.   Repeated lawsuits, even those without merit, are frequently rewarded by settlements that…
Rank this Week: 3583