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Posted: Aug 1, 2018, 9:15 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has vacated an order denying a divorced father’s request to change the school his children attend, finding the trial court failed to 1) address the children’s established custodial environment, 2) describe the applicable burden of proof and 3) consider the Child Custody Act’s best-interest factors. In Marik v Marik (Docket No. 333687), the Court of Appeals remanded the case so the trial court could properly handle these issues.
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Posted: Jul 24, 2017, 12:00 PM
Michigan Court of Appeals, in People v Killich, No. 329941, held that the Juvenile Code doesn’t allow for the imposition of a flat rate probation supervision fee, and vacated the trial court order imposing the fee and remanded for a corrected order of disposition.
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Posted: Jul 17, 2017, 5:10 PM
The term Cat’s Paw comes from an old fable in which a conniving monkey convinces a cat to reach into a fire to get roasting chestnuts. The cat is duped, burns its paw and the monkey enjoys the chestnuts with no harm. In the employment discrimination context, ‘cat’s paw’ refers to a situation in which a biased subordinate, who lacks decision making power, uses the formal decision maker as a dupe in a deliberate scheme to trigger a discriminatory employment action.” (EEOC v. BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles,) 450 F.3d 476, 484 (10th Cir. 2006).
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Posted: Jul 7, 2017, 4:00 PM
This week's Michigan Lawyer's Weekly issue covered the recent Speaker Law Firm published victory in Geering v Geering.
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Posted: Jun 7, 2017, 10:10 AM
In this case of consolidated appeals of denial of motions to quash their bind-overs to Eaton Circuit Court on charges of owning a dangerous animal, People v Ridge, No. 333790 and People v Olney, No. 333791, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed and remanded for entry of an order quashing the bind-overs.
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Posted: Jun 2, 2017, 3:50 PM
In this case of consolidated appeals, People v Thomas, No. 329448 and People v Gordon, No. 329449, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirms the case against Clifford Thomas but vacates Jasmine Gordon’s conviction and remands for a new trial due to the ineffective assistance of Gordon’s counsel.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:20 PM
Michigan Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case of Yu v Farm Bureau, Docket 331570, to the lower court to enter a judgment in favor of Plaintiff Yu on the issue of coverage and to proceed to determine damages.
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Posted: May 9, 2017, 7:50 PM
The Michigan Association for Justice published an article by Liisa Speaker
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Posted: Apr 28, 2017, 3:40 PM
According to a recent (1-27-2017) opinion of the US Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit (D.O.; A.O.;R.O. v Glisson, Sec. Cabinet for Health and Family Services, ___US____, No.16-5461 (6th Circuit 2017), reversing a district court’s decision, the Federal Child Welfare Act creates a private right to foster-care maintenance payments enforceable by a foster parent under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983.
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Posted: Apr 28, 2017, 2:55 PM
The Michigan Court of Appeals, in its decision (Hrapkiewiczv WSU Bd of Directors, No, 328215, 330189) affirming two lower court judgments granting money damages and attorney fees in an age discrimination case under the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA. MCL 37.2101), reviews the elements needed to prove an age discrimination case. The dissent by Hon. Debra A. Servitto argues that because age was not discussed by the decision-makers, there was no prima facie case and the lower court decision should be reversed.
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Posted: Apr 12, 2017, 3:35 PM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has held that unpaid discovery sanctions imposed against a party prior to the case evaluation hearing are still enforceable despite the parties’ acceptance of the case evaluation award. Brown v Farm Bureau Ins, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued March 28, 2018 (Docket 331893).
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Posted: Apr 10, 2017, 11:05 AM
Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal
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Posted: Apr 3, 2017, 2:35 PM
The March 2017 Michigan Family Law Journal
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Posted: Mar 29, 2017, 10:25 AM
Michigan Court of Appeals (MCOA) in Kevin Smith v City of Flint, No. 320437, a for publication opinion, affirms lower court grant of summary disposition on Plaintiff’s claim under the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act (WPA) MCL 15.361 et seq.
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Posted: Mar 20, 2017, 9:25 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the lower court decision terminating the father’s rights to his child because of the termination of his rights to two children in the past (MCL 712.19b (3)(l)—termination where parent’s rights to another child have been terminated.)
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Posted: Mar 15, 2017, 2:10 PM
In this veterinary malpractice case, Elvin v Gubert, DVM, No. 326563 and 326566, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not err in calculating damages, instructing the jury, or determining sanctions.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2017, 4:00 PM
To understand these three inter-related appeals, Cassidy v Cassidy and Hansen, No. 328004, No. 328024 and Cassidy v Cassidy, No. 333319, we first must state the facts of this not-so-simple divorce matter.
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Posted: Feb 10, 2017, 1:10 PM
In Washington v Trump, the 9th circuit court of appeals declined to grant a stay of the federal district court’s order. In doing so, the court had to review the likelihood that the executive branch would succeed on the merits.
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Posted: Dec 19, 2016, 10:00 AM
If you’re curious about frivolous defenses and vexatious appeals, the case of Miller v Blue CrossBlue Shield Michigan, No: 326300, unpublished, is worth a read.
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Posted: Dec 2, 2016, 11:00 AM
In In re GRD (Docket No. 333131), the Court of Appeals addressed whether the rule of In re Mason, 486 Mich 142; 782 NW2d 747 (2010)—that a parent’s rights may not be terminated solely on the basis of parental incarceration in a Juvenile Code case—also applied to an Adoption Code case.
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