Michigan

  • February 08, 2024

    Fed, OCC Urged To Create 'Unaffiliated' Director Rule For Banks

    The Federal Reserve Board and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency were petitioned Thursday to issue new rules mandating that large banks appoint at least some outside, independent directors to their boards as a safeguard against conflicted decision-making within big corporate families.

  • February 08, 2024

    6th Circ. Affirms Most Of Ex-Pitcher's $450K Win In TM Case

    The Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld most of a nearly $450,000 jury award for an ex-Major League Baseball pitcher in a trademark infringement case, but said $67,649 in punitive damages must be reconsidered under the correct legal standard.

  • February 08, 2024

    Mich. Counties Sue Drug Giants Over Insulin Prices

    Several Michigan counties on Wednesday accused some of the world's largest drugmakers, retailers and pharmacy benefit managers of scheming to inflate insulin prices and costing the municipalities millions of extra dollars in healthcare costs for their employees and retirees.

  • February 08, 2024

    1st Amendment Limited In Court, Prosecutor Tells 6th Circ.

    The First Amendment "is not without limit in a courtroom setting," says a Michigan county prosecutor who is trying to convince the Sixth Circuit not to disturb a ruling that upholds the state's prohibition on recording livestreaming court proceedings.

  • February 08, 2024

    Winery Wedding Ban Doesn't Stomp Out Speech, Group Says

    A Michigan township's law limiting wineries' ability to host events and weddings is not restricting their speech, a nonprofit backing the regulations said Wednesday, as it tries to whittle down the vintners' constitutional claims ahead of an April trial.

  • February 08, 2024

    Judicial Nominee Assures GOP Sens. She's Not A Marxist

    Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee raised concerns about two U.S. district court nominees appearing before the committee on Thursday over their supposed ties to Marxism and the defund the police campaign, but the nominees tried to disabuse lawmakers of that suggestion.

  • February 08, 2024

    Mich. Judge Won't Restore $2.4M Bosch Defeat Device Deal

    Chevrolet Cruze drivers can't salvage a scrapped $2.4 million settlement with an auto parts manufacturer in litigation claiming cars they purchased were equipped with emissions-cheating software, a Michigan federal judge said Wednesday.

  • February 08, 2024

    6th Circ. Reverses Trucking Co.'s Win In Retaliation Suit

    The text messages a driver exchanged with a trucking company's owner before being fired aren't clear on what wage and hour aspect the worker was complaining about, the Sixth Circuit ruled, flipping the employer's win in Michigan district court.

  • February 07, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Rehear Fight Over FERC's Price-Cap Rule

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday declined to rehear its December price cap ruling that power supplier groups said is being misconstrued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to argue that the D.C. Circuit's ability to act on related litigation is limited.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mich. Judge Rips Romantics Singer For Copying Trial Brief

    A founding member of the Romantics will likely have a tough time regaining control of the band's finances after a Michigan appellate judge said Wednesday he couldn't condone the "incompetence" of the musician's trial attorneys, who filed a brief that was a copy of the opposing side's argument. 

  • February 07, 2024

    Ford Says Explorer Recall Offers Doom Faulty Bolt Suit

    Ford Motor Co. is urging a Washington federal judge to toss a proposed class action accusing the automaker of selling Explorers designed with a single unreliable rear axle bolt, saying the dispute isn't ripe for litigation because the vehicle owners haven't exhausted their options under two ongoing recalls.

  • February 07, 2024

    Repair-Shop Slip Triggers Auto Coverage, Mich. Justices Say

    A woman who fell into a service pit during an oil change is entitled to personal injury protection benefits under Michigan's auto insurance law, the state's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, finding the accident was sufficiently related to car maintenance.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurer's Suit Over Class Action Coverage Early, Covisint Says

    An insurer's lawsuit seeking to dodge coverage for an underlying shareholder class action alleging an unfair merger should be dismissed, former Covisint executives told a Michigan federal court, saying the issue of coverage is not ripe for dispute.

  • February 07, 2024

    Starbucks Argues NLRB Has No Say In Firing Decision

    Starbucks has urged a Michigan federal judge to deny the National Labor Relations Board's request to force the company to rehire two fired workers, saying the board doesn't have the right to interfere with the coffee chain's managerial decisions.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mich. Abortion Clinics Sue Over Waiting Period, Counseling

    A group of reproductive healthcare clinics sued the state of Michigan on Tuesday over a 24-hour waiting period, mandatory counseling and other abortion policies they argue "run roughshod" over the right to an abortion in the state constitution, asking a state court to block the attorney general's enforcement of the law.

  • February 06, 2024

    Nissan Can't Make Supplier Pay $25M Award, 6th Circ. Says

    Nissan can't offload onto a brake supplier a $25 million award stemming from a fatal car crash, the Sixth Circuit ruled Tuesday, saying the jury found the braking system "as a whole" to be defective and not just parts supplied to the automaker.

  • February 06, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs Becton's Win In Royalties Suit

    An inventor of medication valves failed to convince the Sixth Circuit to revive his suit alleging that Becton Dickinson & Co. owes him two years' worth of royalties, with the appellate court reasoning Tuesday that a district court properly interpreted the licensing agreement's payout time limit on his patent.

  • February 06, 2024

    Mich. Federal Judge Won't Pause State Foreclosure Cases

    A Michigan federal judge overseeing a class action by taxpayers alleging that a county unlawfully kept proceeds on the sales of their foreclosed homes has found that a federal law precludes her from staying state proceedings against the same defendant, denying the homeowners' request to pause the state cases.

  • February 06, 2024

    Water Co. Drivers Slam 'Out Of Touch' Bid To Ax OT Verdict

    A bottled water company's arguments that there was no evidence to support a jury's findings that it willfully violated federal overtime requirements are "out of touch" and completely rootless, a group of delivery workers told a Michigan federal judge, pushing back on the company's bid to undo their trial win.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ideanomics Not On Hook For EV Unit's Parts Contract

    Ideanomics has escaped an automotive parts manufacturer's lawsuit for now, with a Michigan state judge saying Monday there was insufficient evidence it took on the debts of an electric-vehicle company it acquired last year.

  • February 05, 2024

    Herman Miller Can't Turn Off IP Suit Over Bubble Lamp

    A Michigan federal judge on Monday said furniture company Herman Miller Inc. must face a suit filed by the family of George Nelson over the late designer's Bubble Lamp, saying "this opera is still in its opening act."

  • February 05, 2024

    Fiat Chrysler Can't Arbitrate MDL Over Exploding Minivans

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles can't arbitrate claims that its Pacifica plug-in hybrid vehicles have a defect that causes them to explode, after a Michigan federal judge said Monday that FCA "waited too long" and waived its right to arbitrate when it engaged in substantive litigation efforts, including filing a motion to dismiss.

  • February 05, 2024

    7th Circ. Wary Of Bid To Revive Abbott Formula Claims

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Monday appeared skeptical of a bid to restore claims that parents were harmed economically by buying infant formula that could have been contaminated at an Abbott Laboratories plant, asking how they were injured and whether the risk of contamination alone is enough to survive dismissal.

  • February 05, 2024

    Mich. Top Court Reviews PFAS Drinking Water Rules

    The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to review a decision invalidating regulations on so-called forever chemicals in drinking water because of a missing cost analysis, saying Friday that it would hold oral arguments on the state's appeal.

  • February 05, 2024

    Mich. Justices Take Up School Administrators' Pension Fight

    The Michigan Supreme Court said Friday it would take another look at how the state calculates public school employee pensions, taking up school administrators' appeal of a decision they fear will reduce their retirement benefits.

Expert Analysis

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • 5 Most Notable Class Action Standing Cases Of 2023

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    Key appellate class action decisions this past year continued the trend of a more demanding approach to the threshold issue of standing during each phase of litigation, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Issues High Court Is Weighing In Gov't Social Media Cases

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    Two U.S. Supreme Court cases aim to resolve a circuit split on whether public officials who block commenters from their personally created accounts are acting "under color of" state law, and the justices are grappling with determining how canonical legal principles will fit into a shifting landscape driven by advances in technology, says Alyssa Howard at Zuckerman Spaeder.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • The Key To Defending Multistate Collective FLSA Claims

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    Federal circuit courts are split on the reach of a court's jurisdiction over out-of-state employers in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions, but until the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to review the question, multistate employers should be aware of a potential case-changing defense, say Matthew Disbrow and Michael Dauphinais at Honigman.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

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