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Posted: Nov 6, 2007, 11:00 AM
On August 9, 2007, the Michigan Court of Appeals released an unpublished opinion reversing an order terminating parental rights.
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Posted: Oct 18, 2007, 9:00 AM
In Brinkley v Brinkley, the Court of Appeals rejected appellants' argument that MCL 722.27b(5) unconstitutionally violates grandparents; due process and equal protection rights. The statutory provision grants deference to the decisions of the biological parents by providing that a grandparents' complaint or motion seeking visitation must be dismissed where two fit parents sign an affidavit opposing visitation.
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Posted: Oct 11, 2007, 10:00 AM
In People v McNeil, an unpublished per curiam opinion of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided October 4, 2007, the Court of Appeals found that the trial court had abused its discretion by granting the defendant a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines for reasons that were not substantially compelling.
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Posted: Sep 20, 2007, 5:00 PM
On September 11, 2007, the Court of Appeals issued a published decision regarding attorney contempt and sanctions in DeGeorge v Warheit.
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Posted: Aug 17, 2007, 6:00 PM
In Michigan, it is well-known that termination of parental rights cases are very rarely reversed on appeal.
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Posted: Jul 27, 2007, 4:00 PM
In a travesty of justice, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled on July 25 that the discovery rule is no longer applicable to wrongful death actions--even if it was impossible to bring the suit within three years of the death.
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Posted: Jul 20, 2007, 1:30 PM
On July 18, 2007, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its Opinion in Bloomfield Estates Improvement Association, Inc v City of Birmingham, holding a dog park to be a violation of a deed covenant restricting land use to solely residential purposes. Further, the Court held that Plaintiffs could enforce the covenant against the city even where they had watched without objection as the land had been used as a park for the past seventy years because a dog park is a "more serious violation" of the restriction.
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Posted: Jun 30, 2007, 5:10 PM
The Michigan Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals' award of attorneys fees to the in pro per attorney under the Open Meetings Act in Omdahl v. West Iron Board of Education.
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Posted: Jun 7, 2007, 6:30 PM
The Court of Appeals held that the statute permitting a petition for grand parenting time is constitutional in Keenan v. Dawson.
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Posted: May 24, 2007, 10:15 AM
Although the Michigan Supreme Court rarely addresses the offer of judgment rule
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Posted: May 2, 2007, 9:50 AM
The Michigan Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision in Apsey v. Memorial Hospital yesterday.
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Posted: Apr 24, 2007, 6:45 PM
The Sixth Circuit affirmed a trial court's motion to suppress evidence in United States v. Cohen.
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Posted: Apr 6, 2007, 5:35 PM
As I was reading COA's decision in Frost v Minnesota Life Insurance Co, I noted the court's citation to DSM-IV (the leading diagnostic treatise for mental disorders).
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Posted: Mar 29, 2007, 12:00 PM
Coincidentally after posting about Barnes v Jeudevine last night, I learned this morning that the Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion on another paternity case: Sutton v. Diane.
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Posted: Mar 28, 2007, 9:40 PM
The case of Barnes v. Jeudevine came out last summer, but is still worthy of discussion.
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Posted: Mar 22, 2007, 11:10 AM
The Court of Appeals recently decided a case that I had been following since it hit the local news stations after two young girls were hit by a drunk driver after they walked onto Saginaw Street because the sidewalk was impassable due to snow and ice in Estate of Buckner.
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Posted: Mar 7, 2007, 5:20 PM
The justices had many questions today for the attorneys in the Omdahl case.
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Posted: Mar 6, 2007, 9:20 AM
Omdahl is a case that came out last year, but is scheduled for a MOAA (mini oral argument on application) before the Michigan Supreme Court tomorrow, March 7, 2007.
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Posted: Mar 6, 2007, 9:15 AM
I am an appellate attorney in Lansing, Michigan and wanted a blog to share commentary on recent cases that I thought were interesting or significant.
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