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Posted: Nov 25, 2020, 10:10 AM
An ex-wife must repay Ford Motor Company more than $243,000 that she mistakenly received as part of her ex-husband’s retirement benefits in her divorce, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Nov 18, 2020, 10:55 AM
In this no-fault insurance case, the trial court properly denied the defendant-insurer’s motions for summary disposition because a genuine issue of fact existed as to whether the plaintiff was “domiciled” in the same household as his grandparents, who were the insureds, at the time he was injured in a motor vehicle accident, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Nov 11, 2020, 10:30 AM
In this divorce action, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by: 1) awarding the ex-wife attorney fees, 2) including newly vested stock in the total vested stock to be divided between the parties and 3) modifying the spousal support award and divorce judgment to order the ex-husband to purchase a life insurance policy naming the ex-wife as the beneficiary.
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Posted: Nov 4, 2020, 11:20 AM
A Bingham Farms attorney was properly held in criminal contempt for taping trial court proceedings without first obtaining the judge’s permission, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Oct 28, 2020, 10:05 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a probate court order granting a paternal grandparent’s petition to be named guardian of her son’s two minor children, striking down the respondent’s argument that MCL 700.5204(2)(b) of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) is unconstitutional.
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Posted: Oct 13, 2020, 3:50 PM
The Kalamazoo Circuit Court properly assumed jurisdiction over the respondents’ children and placed them in foster care because a preponderance of the evidence demonstrated educational neglect, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 3:45 PM
In this child-support modification case, the trial court erroneously imputed potential overtime income to the father based on overtime work that he had declined, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Sep 30, 2020, 11:15 AM
In this parenting-time dispute, the trial court improperly 1) treated the guardian ad litem (GAL) as a lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL) and 2) denied the parties’ right to question the GAL at a hearing, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Sep 23, 2020, 10:25 AM
A mother’s request to change the school of the parties’ minor child was wrongly denied because the trial judge 1) did not interview the child about his school preference and 2) failed to consider several of the best-interest factors in MCL 722.23, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Sep 16, 2020, 11:05 AM
In Lowe v Walbro, LLC (Docket No. 19-2386), the plaintiff was 60 years old when he was fired by the defendant, Walbro, LLC. The plaintiff had worked for the defendant for more than 40 years. At the time of his firing, a supervisor allegedly made this comment: “You’re kind of getting up there in years, you’re at retirement age.”
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Posted: Sep 9, 2020, 10:55 AM
The trial court should not have denied the defendant’s motion to set aside the parties’ divorce judgment based on alleged fraud because the motion was timely and was allowed under the terms of the divorce settlement agreement, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Aug 26, 2020, 11:30 AM
In this legal malpractice action, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the trial court: 1) should not have summarily dismissed the malpractice claim against the lawyer and her firm and 2) wrongly awarded the lawyer fees for representing herself and her law firm in the matter.
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Posted: Aug 19, 2020, 9:50 AM
A mother’s parental rights were properly terminated in this stepparent adoption case because the termination was supported by clear and convincing evidence and was in the children’s best interests, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Aug 12, 2020, 10:45 AM
Twenty-year-old Ledura Watkins was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1976. A Detroit jury found him guilty based on a single piece of evidence: a strand of hair allegedly found on the victim’s pants. In 2017 – more than 40 years later – a 61-year-old Watkins walked out of the Wayne County Jail a free man.
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Posted: Aug 5, 2020, 10:40 AM
The Delta County Probate Court improperly exercised jurisdiction in this minor guardianship case and, as a result, erroneously appointed the children’s maternal grandmother as their guardian, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jul 29, 2020, 9:30 AM
Oakland County’s retention of surplus proceeds from tax-foreclosure sales was an unconstitutional taking without just compensation and violated Article 10, § 2 of the Michigan Constitution, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled.
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Posted: Jul 22, 2020, 11:00 AM
Even though the trial court did not conduct an interview with the parties’ children regarding their custody preferences, the decision to grant the plaintiff-mother sole legal custody was appropriate, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jul 15, 2020, 9:45 AM
The trial court’s decision regarding the minor child’s schooling was appropriate because the court did not abuse its discretion in changing the child’s established custodial environment after evaluating the statutory best interest factors, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
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Posted: Jul 8, 2020, 10:05 AM
The plaintiff’s civil complaint should not have been dismissed after she allegedly gave false deposition testimony because dismissal was too harsh a sanction, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jun 24, 2020, 11:50 AM
An employer who fires an employee for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U. S. Supreme Court has ruled, finding for the first time that Title VII prohibits employment discrimination “because of sex.”
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