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Douglas Dozeman

Law firm wins patent-infringement case

A local law firm’s team of patent attorneys recently convinced a federal jury that their clients did not infringe on a patent covering automated inspection equipment. Read More

Gun Lake Casino lawsuit may not be over

Congress has passed and President Obama has signed legislation that requires the “prompt dismissal” of a lawsuit filed against the federal government in 2008 by David Patchak, which has been threatening the continuing operation of the Gun Lake Casino. Read More

Economist tells policy forum 'things have improved'

Robert Genetski, a self-described “classical economics” economist from Saugatuck who is affiliated with the conservative Heartland Institute in Chicago, made another appearance at the West Michigan Policy Forum in Grand Rapids. Read More

Medicare Part D works for seniors

Editor, A recent op-ed (Guest Column, “Support patient choice, Michigan small business,” Sept. 22) shows how the independent drugstore lobby wants to eliminate Medicare Part D plans that offer the lowest monthly premiums and are popular with seniors. Read More

John Inhulsen

Judge upholds $5.5M jury verdict

A judge has upheld a $5.5-million jury verdict for a former farm equipment dealer after a local law firm contended with 15 months of post-judgment motions. Read More

Flagstar Bank branch

Bank reaches $37.5M settlement

A Michigan bank with a large regional presence has reached a $37.5-million settlement with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read More

Buyer beware: Successor liability in asset purchases

Your company recently purchased the assets of another business through an asset purchase agreement, which specifically states the buyer is not assuming any liabilities of the seller. No need to worry about any of the seller’s liabilities coming back to haunt you, right? Read More

Michael Wawee

Ex-Kent County commissioner pleads guilty

An ex-Kent County commissioner has pleaded guilty to two felony charges while working for a Catholic cemetery. Read More

Court upholds $800K tab for leaking underground tanks

LANSING — Michigan is owed more than $800,000 for cleanup costs, civil fines and administrative penalties for failure to properly remediate three sites with leaking underground storage tanks in Berrien County, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. Read More

No immediate action planned on sexual orientation bill

LANSING — While leaders of the Republican majority in the Legislature say there will be no vote on the issue before the Nov. 3 election, Democrats have introduced a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Read More

Fences or flamingoes: Be sure you know your homeowner association rules

A new homeowner moves into a neighborhood governed by a private association, receives an invitation to a potluck that doubles as an annual meeting and shows up with a bottle of wine and a dish to pass. Read More

Food benefits program will get new fraud detection system

LANSING — Anti-fraud efforts by Michigan and other states should be ramped up to improve the integrity of the $73-billion-a-year Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, a new federal report says. Read More

IRA owners' investment decisions may have tax risks

Washington is fond of studies and reports. Read More

5 tips on small business acquisitions

For most small business owners, organic growth takes time, patience and a lot of hard work. In some instances, growth through acquisition of another company may be a quicker and better route. If you're a business owner and considering growth through acquisition, here are five practical tips to guide you: Read More

Public Record

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