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Posted: Jan 19, 2022, 9:55 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court’s order to euthanize a pit bull for attacking another dog, finding the pit bull did not meet the statutory definition of a “dangerous animal.”
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Posted: Jan 12, 2022, 11:05 AM
The Michigan COA has cleared two former Michigan State University officials who were charged with lying to investigators in connection with the sexual abuse investigation of former MSU gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
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Posted: Dec 28, 2021, 2:20 PM
The Michigan Supreme Court is considering an amendment to Michigan Rule of Professional Conduct (MRPC) 1.8, seeking to clarify that arbitration provisions in retainer agreements are prohibited unless the client has independent counsel review the provision before signing the agreement.
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Posted: Dec 22, 2021, 9:10 AM
The petitioner in In re Guardianship and Conservatorship of Pobanz argued, among other things, that the Huron County Probate Court lacked jurisdiction to collect the filing fees because it failed to require the fees when he filed the petitions.
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Posted: Dec 15, 2021, 10:15 AM
The trial court improperly held the plaintiff-mother in civil and criminal contempt, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, reversing an order that she pay 100 percent of parental reunification costs.
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Posted: Dec 8, 2021, 10:00 AM
The Clare County trial court properly awarded a divorced father sole physical custody of his three minor children, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, because there were legitimate concerns regarding the children’s medical care and parenting-time exchanges.
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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 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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