Firms, legislation, trends and awards


Emails trip up municipal officials

State appeals court rules commission members using email to discuss public policy violated Open Meetings Act.

September 22, 2017
A recent unpublished opinion by the Michigan Court of Appeals is a good reminder that deliberation is deliberation, no matter the venue. Read More

Man pleads guilty to fire that killed 13 horses

September 22, 2017
| By AP
A man accused of setting a fire that killed 13 horses has pleaded guilty. Read More

Attorney named to 'Under 40 Hot List'

September 20, 2017
A publication that covers litigation and disputes has selected a local lawyer for a list of top attorneys younger than 40. Read More

Law firm hires member

September 18, 2017
A municipal law and labor relations attorney has joined the local office of a national law firm. Read More

Health system paying $90K in overtime dispute

September 15, 2017
| By AP
DETROIT — The federal government said a Michigan health system has agreed to pay $90,000 in an overtime dispute with 22 employees. Read More

Study: Auto insurers illegally charge women more in Michigan

September 14, 2017
A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system said it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices as the industry pushes lawmakers to contain high premiums. Read More

District courts offer temporary waiver program

September 13, 2017
District courts in Kent County have announced a short-term program that waives the possibility of incarceration for those with certain types of outstanding warrants for debts to the court. Read More

CEO sent to prison for tax evasion

September 12, 2017
The former head of a shuttered southwest Michigan biofuels company has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution. Read More

Lender sues farm for $145M

September 8, 2017
A lender for agriculture businesses is suing a farm in the region for alleged default on more than $145 million in loans. Read More

State doubles capacity to prep inmates for in-demand jobs

September 7, 2017
BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP — Inside what was once a prison license plate factory, 42-year-old inmate Richard Willett spends his days in a converted robotics lab, learning how to operate computerized machinery in hopes of working a good-paying job when he's freed. Read More