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Posted: Sep 24, 2015, 2:30 PM
In the published opinion Doe v Boyle, Docket No. 320102 (September 22, 2015), after a lengthy battle, the Court of Appeals awarded court-appointed guardian ad litem Thomas Woods costs and attorney's fees for his services on a personal injury suit as a guardian ad litem for the defendant minor child.
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Posted: Sep 22, 2015, 3:40 PM
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently released a published opinion holding that the plaintiffs, four self-described "Juggalos" and two members of the band Insane Clown Posse, had standing for their claims against the US Department of Justice and the FBI that they suffered violations of their First and Fifth Amendment rights. Parsons v US Dep't of Justice, Docket No. 14-1848 (September 17, 2015). The Sixth Circuit reversed the District Court's dismissal for lack of standing and remanded for consideration of the defendants' FRCP 12(b)(6) (failure to state a claim) arguments.
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Posted: Sep 18, 2015, 10:30 AM
It is not very often that a COA opinion incorporates a visual aid.
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Posted: Sep 17, 2015, 11:50 AM
This week, the Court of Appeals released a published opinion in McConchie v Voight, Docket No. 326651 (September 15, 2015) (Shapiro, J, author), addressing the "grossly improper" actions of Judge Reader of the Livingston County Circuit Court and one of the Friend of the Court referees in regard to the custody of the parties' child. Slip op at 5. The referee and judge violated a host of well-established procedural and substantive requirements in awarding the father with sole physical custody.
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Posted: Sep 10, 2015, 4:10 PM
Recently, the Court of Appeals released an opinion in In re KJP-D, KFP-D, Minors, issued August 11, 2015 (Docket No. 323596), a Section 45 adoption case affirming the trial court's ruling that the decision of the Superintendent of the Michigan Children's Institute denying petitioners consent to adopt was not arbitrary and capricious.
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Posted: Sep 5, 2015, 12:55 PM
The Court of Appeals released a published opinion in People v Sledge, Docket Nos. 324680, 324681 (October 1, 2015), that vacated the Wayne County Circuit Court's gag order in two criminal cases against Sledge, the former Wayne County Chief Financial Officer, and Collins, the Assistant Wayne County Corporation Counsel, regarding the failure of the Wayne County Jail Project, a $300 million budgeted project to build a jail in Detroit, which shut down with only a quarter of the construction completed due to an overrun in costs of $100 million.
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