Michigan

  • May 06, 2024

    Mentor, Opponent Unite In Praising Detroit's Newest Judge

    Both a repeated adversary and early mentor agree: Robert J. White has what it takes to succeed as Detroit's newest federal judge.

  • May 06, 2024

    Nothing 'Unusual' About Claims Appeals, Mich. Tells 6th Circ.

    Michigan defended the appellate setup of its claims court in a Sixth Circuit brief Friday, pointing to federal circuit courts' en banc review procedure to argue it is not so extraordinary to ask judges to scrutinize their colleagues' work.

  • May 06, 2024

    AIG Unit Will Arbitrate $20M Botched Tunnel Project Claims

    An AIG unit agreed to go to arbitration with a Michigan county's water resources agency and sewage disposal system over their claims they incurred more than $20 million in damages due to a design contractor's faulty work on a tunnel project.

  • May 06, 2024

    Auto Parts Co. Strikes Deal To End Suit Over $1.6B 401(k) Plan

    Auto parts supplier Magna International agreed to settle a class action covering about 20,000 workers who claimed to have lost millions in retirement savings because the company failed to cut underperforming and costly investments from their $1.6 billion retirement plan.

  • May 03, 2024

    6th Circ. Drops Bettors' Appeal Over Doped Derby Horse

    Kentucky Derby gamblers who claimed they had winning bets after officials disqualified the race's lead horse cannot sue Churchill Downs or the horse's Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, the Sixth Circuit ruled, saying courts can't "turn a losing wager into a winning one."

  • May 03, 2024

    HR Biz Kelly Buys Talent Solutions Co. MRP For Up To $485M

    Human resources consulting services company Kelly, guided by Jasso Lopez PLLC, on Friday unveiled plans to buy BakerHostetler-advised Motion Recruitment Partners LLC from Greenwich, Connecticut-based private investment firm Littlejohn & Co. LLC for up to $485 million, marking Kelly's largest-ever acquisition.

  • May 03, 2024

    Mich. Justices Punt On Privacy Questions In Drone Dispute

    The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday dodged a novel question about the constitutionality of a town's drone surveillance of a couple's property, ruling that photos taken by the drone could not be suppressed in a zoning proceeding.

  • May 03, 2024

    Mich. Justices Reject Agency's 'Secret' Meeting Settlement

    The Michigan Supreme Court said Friday that a county road commission's settlement with three of its insurers over a coverage dispute was not binding because the commission — a public body — never voted to approve it in a public meeting.

  • May 03, 2024

    Judge Calls Foul On Tigers' Bid To Block Age Bias Testimony

    A Michigan federal judge called out the Detroit Tigers for failing to indicate whether it had reached out to opposing counsel before filing its recent motion to exclude testimony in a former clubhouse manager's age bias case, denying the team's exclusion bid as trial approaches.

  • May 03, 2024

    Craft Brewer Says Tequila Co. Can't Void Its 'Dragon's Milk' TM

    A Michigan craft brewer filed a trademark action against a Mexican tequila company Thursday for trying to invalidate the brewer's "Dragon's Milk" name for being similar to the defendant's "Casa Dragones" mark, arguing the tequila maker's brand isn't a household name or famous, as defined by the federal Lanham Act.

  • May 02, 2024

    Endo Judge Hopes Criminal Sentence Warns Opioid Makers

    A Michigan federal judge said Thursday she hoped Endo's criminal sentence for falsely advertising a pain medication as "abuse deterrent" would itself be a deterrent for other opioid makers, as she accepted the company's recent $200 million settlement deal with federal prosecutors. 

  • May 02, 2024

    'We're Not All Innocent': 6th Circ. Tackles Whitmer Kidnap Case

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday questioned prosecutors who convicted two men of plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor who argue they should have been able to show jurors more evidence to support their entrapment defense, with one judge saying there's a gray area between being "innocent" and being "predisposed" to commit a crime.

  • May 02, 2024

    6th Circ. Appears Reluctant To Kick 401(k) Suit To Arbitration

    A Sixth Circuit panel seemed likely Thursday to deny two auto part companies' bid to compel arbitration of a lawsuit from workers who say their retirement savings were mismanaged, though the judges appeared divided on the broader question of whether retirement plans may force planwide claims into individual arbitration.

  • May 02, 2024

    Suspended Detroit Judge Running To Get Her Seat Back

    A Detroit judge suspended by the Michigan Supreme Court for "repeated, deliberate misconduct" is running for an open judicial seat at her former court in the August primary election.

  • May 02, 2024

    Former Mich. Speaker, Wife Arraigned On Embezzling Charges

    A former speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and his wife pled not guilty on Thursday to multiple financial crimes and received the judge's blessing to travel out of state to attend the Kentucky Derby, in their first court appearance since the charges were announced.  

  • May 01, 2024

    Mich. Atty Can't Avoid Suspension For Frivolous Cases

    The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has said a 100-day suspension is appropriate for an attorney accused of filing frivolous claims and misleading federal and state courts while representing clients in cases against governmental entities and elected government officials.

  • May 01, 2024

    6th Circ. Says Precedent Revives Salvadoran's Removal Fight

    The Board of Immigration Appeals misread precedent in finding that a Salvadoran man convicted of a misdemeanor under a Tennessee domestic violence law is barred from canceling his removal based on a disqualifying crime of violence, the Sixth Circuit has ruled.

  • May 01, 2024

    DC Circ. Scrutinizes Social Welfare In Tribe's Land Trust Bid

    The D.C. Circuit on Wednesday grappled with whether a Native American tribe's bid to compel the federal government to take land into trust for a casino venture would promote tribe members' social welfare, as one judge sounded wary of such a move's repercussions.

  • May 01, 2024

    DOL Announces $6.5M For Seasonal Farmworker Housing

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday said it will make $6.5 million in grants available to organizations working to improve housing conditions for seasonal and migrant farmworkers and their dependents.

  • May 01, 2024

    6th Circ. May Unbuckle Supplier From Seat Belt Parts Contract

    One Sixth Circuit judge seemed prepared Wednesday to free a supplier from a court order to continue fulfilling a seat belt system manufacturer's orders, indicating that he didn't think the terms of the companies' contract obligated them to each other long-term.   

  • May 01, 2024

    53 Govs. Want Say In Moving Nat'l Guard Staff To Space Force

    The governors of 48 states and several U.S. territories warned the U.S. Department of Defense that allowing hundreds of Air National Guard personnel to be transferred to the U.S. Space Force without the governors' approval undermines their authority over their states' military readiness.

  • May 01, 2024

    Tribe Fires Back At Feds' Brief In Enbridge Pipeline Row

    The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has called on the Seventh Circuit to reject in part the federal government's position in an appeal over the future of Enbridge Energy's controversial Line 5 oil pipeline.

  • April 30, 2024

    Detroit Tigers Say Fired Workers Can't Testify At Age Bias Trial

    The Detroit Tigers has told a federal court that a former employee who alleged the club made a habit of letting older workers go to promote younger ones shouldn't be allowed to have eight other departed or demoted staff members testify in an upcoming trial.

  • April 30, 2024

    Michigan Renews Judges' Power To Charge Court Costs

    Michigan trial courts can continue charging operational costs to convicted defendants after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Tuesday reauthorizing the fees, one day before they were set to expire.

  • April 30, 2024

    6th Circ. Weighs Merits, Procedure In NLRB Severance Case

    The Sixth Circuit grappled Tuesday with a hospital's challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's ruling that it unlawfully offered severance agreements that muzzled workers, with one judge questioning how the agreements interfered with workers' rights and another whether the hospital was even entitled to oppose the new standard.

Expert Analysis

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court decisions on topics from property taxes to veteran's rights — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including class representative intervention, wage-and-hour dispute evidence and ascertainability requirements.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • 6th Circ. Ruling Breathes New Life Into Article III Traceability

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    The Sixth Circuit's recent decision in Hardwick v. 3M Co. to vacate a district court's certification of one of the largest class actions in American jurisprudence for lack of Article III standing has potentially broader implications for class action practice in the product liability sphere, particularly in medical monitoring cases involving far-fetched theories of causation, say attorneys at Skadden.

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    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • What's At Stake In High Court NLRB Injunction Case

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    William Baker at Wigdor examines the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to hear Starbucks v. McKinney — where it will consider a long-standing circuit split over the standard for evaluating National Labor Relations Board injunction bids — and explains why the justices’ eventual decision, either way, is unlikely to be a significant blow to labor.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • 1869 Case May Pave Off-Ramp For Justices In Trump DQ Fight

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    In deciding whether former President Donald Trump is disqualified from Colorado's Republican primary ballots, the U.S. Supreme Court could rely on due process principles articulated in a Reconstruction-era case to avert a chaotic or undemocratic outcome, says Gordon Renneisen at Cornerstone Law Group.

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    Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

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    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • 10 Years Of Retail Battles: Unpacking Pricing Litigation Trends

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    A close look at a decade of pricing class actions against retailers reveals evolving trends, plaintiffs bar strategies, and the effects of significant court decisions across states, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

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