Acho Keynote Speaker at Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium

Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office, was a keynote speaker at the 2016 Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium hosted jointly by the Chaldean American Bar Association and Sommer Schwartz, P.C.  Mr. Acho discussed highlights of his law career, including being nominated to run as a candidate for the position of Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) in 2015.  Entertainment lawyer Jay Yasso of Sommer […]

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In the Wake of Two Recent Rulings, Attorneys Offer Advice to Law Enforcement on Avoiding Liability

Jim Acho, Doug Curlew and Jennifer Richards, all attorneys in our Livonia office, co-wrote an article highlighting two recent cases that impact law enforcement agencies. The article was published in the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police’s publication Michigan Police Chiefs. The article, “Unfavorable Outcome Affects Law Enforcement” summarizes two recent cases from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that resulted in rulings against law enforcement […]

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Attorney Jim Acho Predicts NLRB Ruling on College Athletes’ Unions

On August 17, 2015 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports. It cites the fact that labor law only allows the NLRB to look at private-sector work places, but that most college football programs are at state schools. Of the 125 […]

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Acho Interviewed by Law360 Magazine on Deflategate Case

Jim Acho, a senior attorney in our Livonia office, was interviewed by Law360 Magazine regarding the Tom Brady Deflategate issue and professional athletes’ options in federal court. The article, Even in Deflategate Pro Athletes’ Court Protection Limited, outlines how federal courts have recently played a large role in professional athletes’ employee disputes as NFL players Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson have both appealed league discipline to the courts. Brady is […]

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

On Saturday January 3, 2015, Jim Acho, a senior attorney in our Livonia office, received a letter signed by numerous retired NFL players, including Hall of Famers, informing him that he was their nominee to challenge DeMaurice Smith for the NFL Players Association Executive Director position. A conference call followed and, with time of the essence, Acho accepted within 24 hours and declared his candidacy to the Executive Committee of […]

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Attorney Gets Case Against Circuit Court Judge, County Prosecutor Dismissed

In December, 2014, Jim Acho, a senior attorney in our Livonia office, defended a sitting Circuit Court Judge and her predecessor, a now-retired Circuit Court Judge, as well as the County Prosecutor, in a case brought by a Plaintiff who was found guilty and sentenced on a charge of providing false information to police officers.  The Plaintiff alleged his guilty verdict stemmed from his polygraph results in his pre-sentence report being […]

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CMDA Proud Sponsor of Play it Forward for Bieniewicz Event

CMDA is a proud sponsor of the Play it Forward for Bieniewicz event taking place on Saturday August 30th at 2:00 p.m. at Compuware Arena.  The Plymouth Wildcats match up with the Windsor Spitfire for a fundraiser Hockey Game to celebrate the life of John Bieniewicz. John Bieniewicz, a married father of two sons ages 9 and 13, was refereeing an adult-league soccer match in Livonia, MI on Sunday when […]

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Jim Acho Featured in Detroit Legal News

Jim Acho, a senior attorney in our Livonia office, was highlighted in the July 18, 2014 edition of the Detroit Legal News.  The article outlines his experience handling sports law matters, including filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of 1,100 former Major League Baseball players. We hope you enjoy reading the complete article here: http://www.legalnews.com/oakland/1392123/

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Attorney Guest on Blessed 2 Play Show

Jim Acho, a senior attorney in our Livonia office, was a guest on Ron Meyer, Jr’s show Blessed to Play on Friday, May 2, 2014. Mr. Acho spoke on sports law cases and intersecting faith and sports. The show aired on 230 affiliate radio stations throughout North America on Sirius XM 130, on IHeart Radio, and ROKU applications. To listen to an archive of the show, please visit http://blessed2play.com/show-archives.  

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EEOC Releases Guidelines for Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination. On March 6, 2014, the EEOC released a “Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities” guideline that all employers, managers, and supervisors should review.  The EEOC reports that it received 3,721 charges alleging religious discrimination in 2013, more than double the 1,709 charges received in 1997. The EEOC cites the following examples […]

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