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Gun Lake Casino wins in federal court

July 3, 2015
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) David Patchak, the former Wayland Township trustee who has been waging a personal court battle against Gun Lake Casino since 2008, has lost in federal court again. Read More

Law firm discusses 'top 10' win against IRS

July 1, 2015
The local trial team that represented a bottling company in an important tax case against the IRS recently talked about its victory, which was called “one of the top 10 tax cases in 2014” by Forbes magazine. Read More

Planning the Michigan marijuana industry

Three groups have competing ideas for a legal pot industry in the state.

June 26, 2015
Three organizations — only one of which is revealing its financial backers at this point — claim to be working on plans for the commercialization of fully legalized recreational marijuana in Michigan. Read More

‘Payday’ loans aren’t loans under Michigan law

They are not subject to the legal limits on loan interest rates in Michigan.

June 26, 2015
The so-called payday lenders in Michigan are subject to state law and regulated by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, but they are not subject to the legal maximum interest rates established by state law. Read More

Attorney General claims Western Sky borrowers due refunds

Approximately 17,500 in Michigan borrowed from the online lender at interest as high as 300 percent.

June 26, 2015
Michigan’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services is asking the Michigan Credit Union League and other trade associations in the Michigan financial sector to help make sure their members know about refunds that may be due them from Western Sky Financial LLC. Read More

Joint liability found in H2A grower/contractor relationship

When there are problems, DOL frequently goes after both parties.

June 26, 2015
While working with an H2A labor contractor to obtain foreign migrant workers can be beneficial for growers in terms of easing costs and liability, it doesn’t waylay all risks for the grower, particularly if the labor contractor isn’t following all of the rules and regulations outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read More

Gov. Snyder: Michigan will 'fully comply' with gay marriage

June 26, 2015
Governor Rick Snyder has pledged to “fully comply” with a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide and urged Michigan residents to embrace the state's diversity by treating everyone with respect. Read More

Law firm opens Dallas office

June 24, 2015
A national law firm with a strong Grand Rapids presence has expanded its reach and network into Texas. Read More

Miles is featured alum

June 19, 2015
The Grand Rapids Business Journal will host its annual 40 Under Forty event Oct. 27, and once again a past recipient of the honor will grace the stage to welcome and provide inspiration to the 2015 inductees. Read More

Bipartisan beverage bill turns all-inclusive

Each industry is unique, but legislation targets antiquated rules and tax issues in all.

June 19, 2015
An Oregon senator has rolled several beverage industry proposals into one and introduced a new bill to Congress. Read More