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CMDA July On Law Newsletter

July 2022 On Law Newsletter We are pleased to present our first newsletter in quite some time to our friends and clients. Because we have had numerous requests to publish our newsletter once again, we are happy to do so. People have told us how much they enjoy the articles because they are both interesting and informative. It is also a way to keep everyone updated on what is happening […]

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The USPTO and FDA have Vowed to Help Generic Drug Manufacturers Enter the Marketplace

The patent system is designed as quid pro quo: inventors publicly explain how their inventions work, the government gives those inventors a limited monopoly, and then other manufacturers may compete.  However, Big pharma has been abusing the patenting system in order to try to bully generic drug manufacturers from entering the marketplace after their monopoly expires, causing excessive drug costs even after the initial patent expires for a drug.  Big […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Denies Plaintiff’s Application for Leave in Favor of Condominium Association

Joel Ashton and Stanley Okoli recently had dismissals upheld on two related Condominium Association cases in the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court. To say the least, these were contentious cases in which a co-owner experienced a sewer back-up in her basement in October 2016, with the alleged subsequent discovery of rod hole leaks in the foundation, for which she initially sued the Condominium Association, its insurer, the […]

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Roe v Wade Overturned: Observations from CMDA Attorney and Ph.D. Historian

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns Roe v Wade. Even as Supreme Court opinions go, it is a giant in size as well as societal impact. The opinion has generated a flood of commentary from voices on all sides of the abortion policy debate. Seemingly, not everyone commenting on the opinion has actually read it. […]

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Co-Owner’s Complaint of Neighbor’s Smoking in a Condominium Rejected by the Federal Courts

The Federal Appeals panel affirmed an opinion by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan over the granting of Summary Judgment in a condominium case that has broad ramifications. The Plaintiff claimed her Defendant next door neighbor was aggravating her preexisting asthma condition due to the frequent smell of smoke emanating from their unit. This action turned into what is regarded as a landmark case. It relates […]

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John Gwyn and Joel Ashton Participate in CAI Great Exhibitor Outdoor Fair

Attorneys John Gwyn and Joel Ashton from the Firm’s Community Association and Real Estate Law practice group participated in the Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) Great Exhibitor Outdoor Fair at Mill Race Park in Northville, Michigan.  John Gwyn was a speaker at the event’s Q&A Education Panel of Experts where he offered his legal expertise on a variety of questions regarding Homeowners’ Associations and Condo Associations. Both attorneys enjoyed interacting with […]

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Attorney Kevin Campbell Joins Livonia Office

Please join us in welcoming Kevin J. Campbell to CMDA. An attorney in the Firm’s Livonia office, he is an experienced defense attorney with a diverse background that includes the litigation of complex commercial disputes, premises liability and no-fault cases, real estate disputes, constitutional controversies, cases involving alleged noncompliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act, disputes pertaining to the Michigan law regarding personnel decision-making based on teacher evaluations (MCL 380.1248 […]

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Attorney Matthew Wayne Joins Livonia Office

Please join us in welcoming Matthew C. Wayne to CMDA. An attorney in the Firm’s Livonia office, he focuses his practice on providing criminal, civil, and administrative representation to taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, Michigan Department of Treasury, and other taxing authorities. Over the years, he has obtained favorable results for his clients in matters ranging from tens of millions of dollars in unreported income to proposed assessment of […]

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Chris Schultz Selected as a “Go To Lawyer” in Business Law

CMDA is proud to announce that Christopher G. Schultz has been recognized as a “Go To Lawyer” for Business Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The “Go To Lawyers” program identifies and recognizes the top 22 lawyers across the state in a given practice area. Christopher G. Schultz has broad and extensive experience of nearly 40 years in matters involving small and large businesses and related litigation. He has significantly grown […]

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Ray Richards Interviewed as Criminal Expert on “History’s Greatest Mysteries”

CMDA attorney Ray Richards was recently interviewed as a criminal expert on “History’s Greatest Mysteries.” The History Channel show featured the unsolved case of the Sodder family. On Christmas morning in 1945, five of their children vanished from their family home in West Virginia during a raging fire. Despite the work of many, the mystery of the Sodder children’s disappearance remains. Ray E. Richards, II is an Of Counsel attorney […]

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