Michigan

  • January 30, 2024

    Mich. Atty Ethics Board Won't Toss Trump Allies' Cases

    Michigan's attorney discipline board has said Trump-allied lawyers must face professional misconduct charges for challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state, refusing again to toss the cases.

  • January 30, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs Antero's Win In Oil Royalties Breach Suit

    The Sixth Circuit affirmed on Tuesday a lower court's dismissal of a lessor's contract breach suit accusing Antero Resources of underpaying royalties under an oil-and-gas lease, finding the lessor failed to follow the lease's 90-day presuit notice requirement and "made no attempt to provide any prelawsuit notice at all."

  • January 30, 2024

    Fla. Jury Awards No Damages In Chrysler Headrest Trial

    A Florida federal jury on Tuesday decided that the Chrysler carmaker doesn't have to pay damages to consumers in the state who sued over alleged faulty automatic head restraints that inadvertently deployed while people were driving, but said the company violated the state's unfair trade practices law.

  • January 30, 2024

    Stryker Can't Slip California Workers' Wage Suit

    Medical device company Stryker cannot escape former workers' wage claims, a California federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying it was unclear whether the company was the workers' employer because it still retained some authority over workers employed by the company's subsidiaries.

  • January 30, 2024

    Tribe's Repeat Default Bids Disrespect Court, Blue Cross Says

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan says a Native American tribe's third request for a default win in its suit alleging the insurer overcharged for tribe members' care is disrespectful and constitutes a continued violation of a court order for the tribe to identify members involved in the insurance plan.

  • January 30, 2024

    Mich. Judge OKs $20M For Victims Of Faulty Fraud Algorithm

    A Michigan state judge signed off Monday on a settlement that will see the state's unemployment agency pay $20 million to people wrongly accused of fraud by an algorithm.

  • January 30, 2024

    Cannabis Co. TerrAscend Accused Of Retaliation

    A woman says she was hired by a cannabis company that was later acquired by TerrAscend Corp. around the time she developed a chronic medical condition, only to be fired after requesting accommodations, a Michigan federal lawsuit contends.

  • January 29, 2024

    Rocket Investors Want Class Cert. Despite Meme Stock Surge

    Rocket Mortgage shareholders said a social media-driven surge in the company's stock price shouldn't tank a class certification bid, because even during the so-called meme stock event, the stock price still reflected alleged misrepresentations about the mortgage lender's financial health.

  • January 29, 2024

    Mich. Residents Urge 6th Circ. To Preserve Lead Water Claims

    Residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan, urged the Sixth Circuit to reject city officials' request for qualified immunity in a class action alleging they misled the public about the safety of the city's drinking water.

  • January 29, 2024

    Insurer-Backed Docs Must Show Tax Records For Bias Check

    A split Michigan appellate court panel has said a car crash victim seeking coverage for his injuries can force the medical examiners hired by his insurer to turn over tax documents, finding the records are relevant to determine potential bias that couldn't be discovered otherwise.

  • January 29, 2024

    Kellogg Can't Flout Pension Guardrails, Retirees Say

    Kellogg retirees urged a Michigan federal judge to shoot down the cereal and snack foods company's argument that it has "carte blanche to shortchange employees" by using old data to calculate pension payments.

  • January 29, 2024

    Protein Bar Co.'s Insurer Says Supplier Ruined $3M In Product

    An insurer for a Pittsburgh-based protein-bar maker said the company lost $3 million due to plastic and paper contaminants found in collagen supplied by a Michigan-based company, according to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court Friday.

  • January 29, 2024

    OCC's Hsu Floats 'Chalk Lines' For Bank Merger Approvals

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's acting chief on Monday unveiled a proposal to provide banks with a sketch of what the agency thinks a winning merger applicant does and doesn't look like, pitching the plans as a boon to bank merger review transparency while stirring industry doubts.

  • January 29, 2024

    Ex-Pistons Exec Faces 2nd Harassment Suit From Ex-Staffer

    A former Detroit Pistons employee who is already suing the team and a former top executive for sexual harassment in state court has lodged a nearly identical complaint in Michigan federal court, alleging a litany of inappropriate workplace conduct.

  • January 29, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A transportation services company and cryptocurrency fund both exited litigation, a grill maker and EV-charging company fired up new cases, and biotechs bandaged old wounds while judges fast-tracked a musical power struggle and unwound a REIT deal. All told, a typical week for Delaware's court of equity.

  • January 29, 2024

    Ford Says EcoBoost Oil Pump Suit Not Ready For Courts

    Ford Motor Co. is asking a Delaware federal court to throw out a proposed class action alleging that it sold vehicles with EcoBoost engines that have faulty oil pumps, saying the claims aren't ripe because none of the class members have taken advantage of a recall of the same engines.

  • January 26, 2024

    Mich. Panel Affirms Condo's Escape From Drowning Suit

    The estate of a condominium owner, who drowned while apparently trying to save ducklings in the common area of her complex, can't maintain a premises liability lawsuit against the owners' association, a Michigan state appeals court ruled, saying the association didn't owe her the same duty of care it does to an invitee.

  • January 26, 2024

    Mich. Court Backs Order For Hospital's COVID Policy Records

    A Michigan hospital accused of medical malpractice and gross negligence must produce any documents it has showing whether doctors and nurses were directed to withhold CPR from COVID-19 patients in the early days of the pandemic, under a ruling issued Thursday by the state Court of Appeals.

  • January 26, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs Rehire Of Union Guard Fired For Sleeping

    A security company must reinstate a guard who was accused of sleeping on the job and subsequently terminated, the Sixth Circuit ruled on Friday, finding an arbitrator relied on the parties' collective bargaining agreement when issuing the award that said the worker wasn't let go for just cause.

  • January 26, 2024

    Mich. Justices Don't Say If Stalled Driver Was 'Operating' Car

    An uninsured driver struck while pulled to the side of a road can seek damages from the semi-truck driver that hit him after the Michigan Supreme Court declined Friday to intervene following oral arguments earlier this month.

  • January 26, 2024

    Mich. Justices To Hear Disney, Eatery Group's Escheat Fight

    The Michigan Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a lower court's finding that audits that the state Department of Treasury initiated against Disney and a restaurant company paused the statute of limitations for the agency to demand that the businesses turn over unclaimed property to the state.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Dodge Ram Parts Contract Too Vague To Enforce, Judge Says

    A Michigan federal judge has decided that he won't force an auto parts supplier to keep selling components to a manufacturer making center consoles for a Stellantis project, finding the contract is too vague to impose under a recent Michigan Supreme Court decision that clarified when long-term supply contracts are enforceable.

  • January 26, 2024

    6th Circ. Case Dooms Dodge Ram Drivers' Emissions Claims

    Citing recent Sixth Circuit precedent, a Michigan federal judge ruled Friday that federal law preempts drivers' state-based claims in a long-running case alleging Fiat Chrysler and engine manufacturer Cummins rigged Dodge Ram trucks to guzzle fuel and emit pollutants beyond legal limits.

  • January 26, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Too Late To Sue Dinsmore Over Late Filing

    A Michigan appellate panel ruled Thursday that a cannabis company's suit against Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, alleging the firm missed the deadline to file the company's applications for Illinois cannabis dispensing licenses because it was "too busy" with other clients, was itself filed too late and properly thrown out.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Law Tests Noncompete Prohibitions' Potential Reach

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    California’s newly enacted law, which voids employee restrictive covenants, whether signed in or out of the state, has the potential to upend typical agreement negotiations, and highlights ongoing questions concerning how California's worker protections fare in other jurisdictions, says Sarah Tishler at Beck Reed.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Taking Up The Dormant Commerce Clause

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    Attorneys at Frost Brown examine whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to review Foresight Coal Sales v. Kent Chandler to consider whether a Kentucky utility rate law discriminates against interstate commerce, and how the decision may affect dormant commerce clause jurisprudence.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Key Strike Considerations For Automotive Industry Suppliers

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    As the UAW's labor contracts with Detroit's Big Three automakers expire, and the possibility of a strike looms, automotive industry suppliers face a number of possible legal and operational issues — and should have strategic action plans in place to deal with contracts, liquidity, the post-strike environment and more, say experts at Alvarez & Marsal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

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