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Posted: Nov 23, 2021, 3:45 PM
A trial court properly awarded the plaintiff-attorney more than $78,000 in legal fees for representing herself and her law firm in litigation with a former client, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Nov 17, 2021, 10:10 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has declared unconstitutional several portions of 2018 PA 608, the state’s ballot drive law. Judge Thomas C. Cameron authored a concurring opinion, saying he wrote separately “to examine the checkbox issue and underscore its constitutionality.”
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Posted: Nov 10, 2021, 9:40 AM
The defendant did not demonstrate that MCL 769.1k(1)(b)(iii) – the statute allowing trial courts to impose court costs in criminal cases – is unconstitutional on due process or separation of powers grounds, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Nov 3, 2021, 11:10 AM
The trial court in this disputed parentage case properly held that, in light of its finding that the plaintiff had committed fraud on the court, it did not have to vacate its previous judgment under the Revocation of Paternity Act (ROPA) and did not have to revoke the plaintiff’s paternity, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Oct 27, 2021, 10:25 AM
A trial court’s order authorizing removal of the respondent’s minor child must be vacated, the Michigan COA has ruled, because DHHS did not make reasonable reunification efforts and the trial court erroneously authorized the removal petition.
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Posted: Oct 20, 2021, 10:50 AM
The trial court properly denied the Department of Health and Human Services’ petition to take jurisdiction over the respondent’s child because the statutory grounds for doing so were not established, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Oct 13, 2021, 9:55 AM
The defendants in this tort case were properly granted summary disposition, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, because they were governmental employees who were entitled to quasi-judicial immunity regarding the statements they had made to the probate court.
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Posted: Oct 6, 2021, 9:55 AM
The trial court properly modified the original custody order in this case to award the plaintiff-mother sole physical custody of the parties’ minor children, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Sep 29, 2021, 10:20 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has affirmed the death sentence for two bulldogs that allegedly attacked a horse in Presque Isle County.
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Posted: Sep 22, 2021, 10:05 AM
A Lansing, Michigan Catholic school’s request to stop the enforcement of a mask mandate is currently in limbo, after a federal district court judge recently denied the school’s plea for a second time.
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Posted: Sep 15, 2021, 11:30 AM
The trial court wrongly terminated the petitioner’s parental rights as a non-surrendering parent under the Safe Delivery of Newborns Law because the petitioner’s divorce complaint constituted a timely petition for custody, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Sep 8, 2021, 9:50 AM
The Michigan Supreme Court has let stand an appeals court decision holding that a grandmother should not have been appointed full guardian of her grandchildren.
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Posted: Aug 25, 2021, 11:15 AM
A trial court erred by granting a father sole legal custody of the parties’ minor children, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, because the evidence showed the parties were able to cooperate and make important decisions about the children.
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Posted: Aug 18, 2021, 10:20 AM
An attorney’s alleged defamatory statements to another lawyer while waiting for a court-ordered mediation conference to begin were confidential mediation communications, the Michigan Supreme Court has unanimously ruled.
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Posted: Aug 11, 2021, 9:45 AM
In this spousal support case, the trial court relied on the wrong legal framework to reduce the defendant’s support obligation and, therefore, the matter must be remanded so the proper legal precedent can be applied, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Aug 4, 2021, 10:05 AM
A college student was properly charged with making a threat of terrorism after posting a photo on social media of his semi-automatic refile with a bayonet attached, along with a statement that some students perceived as threatening, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jul 28, 2021, 10:10 AM
A Michigan trial court has been instructed to scrutinize whether a divorce settlement is unenforceable because the mediator in the case did not conduct the domestic violence screening required by court rule and state law.
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Posted: Jul 21, 2021, 9:45 AM
A trial court properly terminated a father’s parental rights to his two older children after the youngest child died because termination was in the older children’s best interests, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in a split decision.
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Posted: Jul 14, 2021, 10:25 AM
The Michigan Supreme Court is set to review the decision in In re Estate of Von Greiff, where a 2-1 Michigan Court of Appeals panel held that a widow qualified as her deceased husband’s surviving spouse for inheritance purposes, although she had filed for divorce more than a year before his death.
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Posted: Jul 7, 2021, 11:45 AM
The petitioner’s name should be expunged from the Michigan Child Abuse Neglect Central Registry because the trial court erred in applying MCL 24.287, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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