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Posted: May 20, 2009, 3:55 PM
The Court of Appeals reversed a Michigan trial court's decision to recognize a foreign divorce in Tarikonda v Pinjari (unpublished decision).
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Posted: Apr 10, 2009, 5:35 PM
Over the years, I have observed that there are many times when the Court of Appeals in a published decision does not acknowledge a prior published opinion that is on point, or disagrees with a prior published opinion.
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Posted: Mar 24, 2009, 2:25 PM
In the recent case of In re Contempt of Henry, a published opinion of the Court of Appeals, the Court addressed a criminal contempt matter arising from appellant, attorney Kathy Henry’s, involvement with her brother, defendant Charles Henry’s, post-divorce judgment child support enforcement case.
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Posted: Feb 16, 2009, 4:25 PM
In Shannon v Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., former clients brought a legal malpractice suit against the law firm and attorney who represented them in a real estate matter.
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Posted: Dec 17, 2008, 8:55 AM
The Supreme Court issued an order on the long-awaited non-refundable retainer case pending before it in Cooper v Attorney Grievance Commission. In that case, the client hired an attorney to represent her in a divorce action. The attorney charged a $4,000 nonrefundable retainer and her fee agreement with the client stated that the $4,000 was a “minimum fee.”
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Posted: Nov 24, 2008, 3:25 PM
You surely are familiar with the adage, "the man who represents himself has a fool for a client."
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Posted: Nov 14, 2008, 3:20 PM
Legal circles are abuzz with speculation about the possible impact the stunning election of Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Diane Hathaway will have on the Michigan Supreme Court and more importantly, Michigan Law.
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Posted: Oct 15, 2008, 5:00 PM
Getting stuck with joint liability for attorneys’ fees after a reversal in the COA is like being saddled with the dinner tab after a bad date--no fair.
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Posted: Sep 9, 2008, 8:15 AM
The Court of Appeals upheld Heidi's Law in People v Perkins. Heidi's Law is MCL 257.265 and increases the penalty for persons convicted of driving under the influence if the person has been convicted of the offense 3 or more times at any time, even though the statute of limitations is 10 years.
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Posted: Jul 24, 2008, 8:50 AM
Recently, the Court of Appeals took on an interesting battle between attorney and former client in Seyburn v Bakshi (Docket No. 272903), where Law Firm was suing its Former Client for unpaid legal fees. Law Firm represented Former Client in multiple cases and lost the trial court litigation and one appeal for Former Client. After paying $92,000 in legal fees, Former Client ceased payment and eventually accrued over $55,000 in legal fees owed to Law Firm. The unpaid fees, not surprisingly, resulted in conflict between the two men and Law Firm moved to withdraw as Former Client’s counsel. The motion to withdraw was granted in September 1993.
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Posted: Jul 3, 2008, 11:00 AM
In Estes v Titus, a woman brought a wrongful death suit against the man who killed her husband. She obtains a judgment but when it came time to collect the wrongful death judgment, the man was in prison for the murder with no assets (because he had transferred all of his assets to his wife when they divorced after the wrongful death suit began).
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Posted: May 28, 2008, 3:55 PM
The Court of Appeals prohibited a trial attorney from recovering additional fees for his work in the appeal to the Court of Appeals in Reed v Breton.
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Posted: May 16, 2008, 5:55 PM
n re Orozco Minors , a rare published termination of parental rights case, the COA reversed a decision of the Macomb County Family Court terminating respondents’ parental rights when they were deported to Guatemala.
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Posted: Apr 25, 2008, 1:05 PM
In the case In re Michael Robert Benbow III, Minor, the COA reversed an order of the Clinton County Family Court terminating a father’s parental rights in a step-parent adoption case.
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Posted: Apr 18, 2008, 11:00 AM
In Powery v Wells, the COA affirmed a trial court’s order changing custody of a minor child based on the mother’s move from Ludington to Traverse City.
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Posted: Mar 26, 2008, 3:55 PM
In Berger v. Berger, a Defendant-father appealed from a judgment of divorce to the Michigan Court of Appeals following a Trial Court ruling that the Plaintiff-mother was to receive custody of the parties two children as well as a 70/30 division of marital property.
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Posted: Mar 3, 2008, 1:50 PM
In DHS v Holm, the Court of Appeals reversed a decision terminating respondent’s parental rights after holding that the trial court improperly exercised jurisdiction.
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Posted: Feb 27, 2008, 9:30 AM
Four female employees sued Anheuser-Busch arising from sexual harassment claims against a male employee (Robinson) occurring over Robinson’s ten-year span of employment. Each time, the employer investigated the claims internally by interviewing the women and Robinson. After the first reported incident Anheuser tried to fire Robinson but was unable to due to union opposition under the collective bargaining agreement. The investigations never resulted in punishment until Robinson was finally terminated in 2003. The District Court granted summary judgment in Hawkins v Anheuser-Busch, holding that none of the women provided sufficient evidence to establish that the alleged harassment was sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile work environment and that no reasonable juror could conclude the employer knew or should have known of the male employee's harassment or that the employer failed to take prompt action.
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Posted: Feb 20, 2008, 2:30 PM
What was this defendant thinking?
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Posted: Feb 13, 2008, 11:10 AM
The Michigan Supreme Court has re-confirmed "equitable tolling" for delayed applications for leave to appeal in the Court of Appeals in Beavers v Barton Malow (on Remand) (Docket 269007). In that case, the appellant's case had been previously dismissed for failure to timely file appellant's brief and the court reporter certificate. The appellant filed an application for leave to the Supreme Court, which was denied.
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