Firms, legislation, trends and awards


Bank reaches $37.5M settlement

September 30, 2014
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

September 30, 2014
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

Ex-Kent County commissioner pleads guilty

September 29, 2014
| By AP
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

Company reportedly is again using the contaminated site.

September 26, 2014
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

5 tips on small business acquisitions

September 25, 2014
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

Attorney appeals to US Supreme Court in Sherlock Holmes case

September 24, 2014
An attorney is asking the nation’s highest court to hear an intellectual property case involving the famous Sherlock Holmes character. Read More

Michigan's personal property tax reform: It's not as easy as it sounds

September 24, 2014
On Aug. 5, Michigan voters elected to repeal Michigan’s personal property tax, or PPT. What does this mean for Michigan businesses? Read More

Mary Bonnema leads law firm

September 23, 2014
As one of the first female managing shareholders of a West Michigan law firm, Mary Bonnema is a trailblazer. Read More

Inside Track: Judo inspires Grand Rapids lawyer in and out of court

Eric Richards went to law school by default after being unable to get a job with a history degree.

September 19, 2014
Whether he’s defending a client inside a courtroom or slamming an opponent on a judo mat, one thing about Eric Richards remains consistent. Read More

Counties struggle after losing court revenue

Decision bars local courts from collecting costs from criminals.

September 19, 2014
LANSING — A Michigan Supreme Court decision cutting a major source of funding for local courts could cost some counties more than $1 million, unless the Legislature reinstates their ability to assess court costs in criminal cases. Read More