Architectural Control: Sculptures, Statues, Lawn Ornaments, Birdbaths and Other Items on the Common Elements or Lots

Numerous condominiums in Michigan restrict (or outright ban) sculptures, statues, lawn ornaments, birdbaths or other items pursuant to the condominium documents. Many of these provisions were drafted by the developer when creating the condominium in order to provide uniformity during the sales process. Likewise, many declarants subjected a platted subdivision to deed restrictions that also restrict or ban the use of the above described items. Whether in a condominium or homeowners […]

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Attorney’s “FSLA Final Rule and its Impact on the Government Employer” Article Featured in MIPRIMA Publication

The June 2016 publication of the Michigan Public Risk Management Association (MIPRIMA) features an article written by Suzanne Bartos, an attorney in our Livonia office.  The informative article outlines the recently released rules regarding the payment of overtime to employees and its impact on the government employer. To read the complete article, please click here. Suzanne P. Bartos is an attorney in our Livonia office where she focuses her practice […]

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Attorneys give Presentation to Police Chiefs on Garrity Protection

Elizabeth Rae-O’Donnell and Sue Bartos, both attorneys in our Livonia office, recently gave a presentation to police chiefs on Garrity Protection.  The Garrity principle is an important tool to provide officers the necessary protection while still enabling departments to conduct thorough and complete internal investigations. In Garrity v. New Jersey, the Supreme Court held that officers are not required to sacrifice their right against self-incrimination in order to retain their […]

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Acho Featured in MiLW “Sidebar of the Week”

Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office, was featured in this week’s “Sidebar of the Week” in Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The article focuses on his sports law practice, specifically representing retired athletes.  Hall of Famer Lem Barney was his first client out of law school and, for the past 15 years, Acho has represented retired players from across the country.  Acho describes the stark reality of representing players from […]

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CBS Detroit Article Highlights Acho’s Involvement in Helping Retired NFL Players

Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office, was featured in the CBS Detroit article, “Livonia Attorney Fighting for Concussion Settlement from the NFL.”  The article highlights his involvement in the upcoming class action settlement against the NFL and his desire to help retired NFL players struggling with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and other neurological disorders. Additionally, Mr. Acho delivered taped opening remarks to current players at the recent NFL […]

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Acho Gives Opening Remarks at NFLPA Annual Meeting

Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office and finalist last year for the position of Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, was invited back by NFLPA President Eric Winston to give the opening remarks at the 2016 meeting. Winston said the players wanted to hear from Acho again. Mr. Acho delivered his remarks via teleconference from Detroit to the players in Hawaii. “Eric and George Atallah were very […]

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E-Verify: Understanding Responsibilities and Rights

E-Verify is a federal program that employers use to verify a new employee’s employment eligibility in the United States. The use of E-Verify has grown exponentially in the last few years and its use only continues to increase. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, just over 1,000 employers were enrolled in E-Verify in 2001, and by 2015, over 688,000 employers were enrolled. A contributing factor to this […]

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Update: Attorney Jim Acho Nominated to Run for Executive Director of NFL Players Association

For those of you following Jim Acho’s run for the NFL Players Association Executive Director position, here are a few recent articles to update you. Detroit Free Press: Michigan Attorney: Feedback Positive for NFLPA Role NBC Sports: DeMaurice Smith has Four Challengers for NFLPA Position Boston Globe: NFL Offseason is Off to a Bad Start Bleacher Report: DeMaurice Smith to Run Against Multiple Candidates for NFLPA CBS Sports: DeMaurice Smith […]

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Court Rules Mental Health Commitment Constitutional – Case Dismissed

Attorney Kali Lester recently received a dismissal in Federal Court where the plaintiff alleged a local police department had an unconstitutional policy for mental health commitments. The policy permits officers to rely on statements from witnesses to evaluate an individual’s mental condition. The plaintiff argued that Michigan’s Mental Health Code requires officers to personally observe the individual exhibiting dangerous behavior before seizing the individual for the purpose of a mental […]

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#Socialmedia #Police

Whether you use it or not, we all know the impact that social media has had on today’s society. What you may not know is how police have been using social media to perform their job. Police departments across the country have been turning to social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, to improve their reputation within communities, apprehend fugitives, and even investigate criminal acts. However, some use of social […]

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