Court Grants Motion to Dismiss in Civil Rights Case

In this case, Plaintiffs filed a civil rights case seeking damages for the deaths of their sons who were fatally shot during an event at the Defendant membership club where minors allegedly purchased and/or were allowed to consume alcohol. CMDA defended the municipality, Director of Public Safety, and Clerk. Allan Vander Laan, a partner in our Grand Rapids office, and Jennifer Richards, an attorney in our Livonia office, handled the […]

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Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super Lawyers

We are pleased to announce that the following attorneys from CMDA have been named Michigan Super Lawyers for 2014: Jeffrey Clark, Allan Vander Laan, and Haider Kazim. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. Christopher G. Schultz, managing partner of the Firm, explains, “Having numerous highly-skilled and experienced attorneys at CMDA named as Michigan Super Lawyers comes as no surprise. All […]

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Supreme Court Decides on Fourth Amendment Cases

The search-and-seizure provisions of the Fourth Amendment are all about privacy. To honor this freedom, the Fourth Amendment protects against “unreasonable” searches and seizures by state or federal law enforcement authorities. However, law enforcement may override your privacy concerns and conduct a search of you, your home, office, personal or business documents, bank account records, etc. if they have probable cause to believe they can find evidence that you committed […]

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Medically Distinguishable Test Only Applies to Some Work Injuries

The Michigan Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Rakestraw v General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc. clarified whether a disability produced as a result of symptomatic aggravation of a pre-existing, non-work-related medical condition was compensable. The Supreme Court held the claimant must establish more than the aggravation of symptomatology from a pre-existing, non-work-related condition for that claim to be compensable based upon aggravation of that condition by work-related factors. However, […]

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Use of Electronic Signatures by Community Mental Health Facilities

Recently, questions have been raised by community mental health facilities as to whether an electronic signature is given the same legal effect as a traditional, written signature. In 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). Two years later, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a draft of a proposed HIPAA security regulations. In part, the regulations addressed security obligations of “covered […]

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Kazim and Vander Laan Named Partners of the Firm

Haider Kazim of our Traverse City office and Allan Vander Laan of our Grand Rapids office were named partners of our Firm. T. Joseph Seward, managing partner of the Firm, explains “Both Haider and Al are very hard workers… Each has been recognized for the work they have done for our clients and the contributions they have made in our community.  They are both leaders that we can all look up […]

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