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Attorney Defeats Environmental Nuisance Claim

Timothy Young, a partner in our Livonia office, successfully defeated an environmental nuisance claim presented on behalf of 13 homeowners.  The homeowners alleged that daily noise and diesel fumes from the property of Mr. Young’s client interfered with the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their property. The depositions of each of the plaintiffs and their noise expert revealed that the plaintiffs did not sustain personal property damage, real property damage or […]

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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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Sixth Circuit Holds That Obesity is Not a Disability as Defined by the ADA

On September 14, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that morbid obesity, unless caused by a physiological disorder or condition, was not a defined disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title I of the ADA was intended to eliminate disability discrimination in employment. The Act prohibits employers from discriminating against a qualified individual with a disability regarding job application procedures, hiring, advancement, […]

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Three Attorneys Join Firm in Community Association, Construction and Real Estate Law practice group

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Hirzel, William Kolobaric, and Joe Wloszek have joined our Firm’s Livonia office in our Community Association, Construction and Real Estate Law practice group.  All three attorneys are extremely detail-oriented and will apply their 30+ years of combined legal experience to represent our clients’ interests while striving to obtain the best possible results. The group represents condominium associations (both residential and commercial), cooperative associations, […]

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Attorneys Selected as 2014 Michigan Rising Stars

CMDA is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been named by Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars as the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state for 2014: Andrew Brege, Partner, Grand Rapids office Gregory Grant, Associate, Traverse City office Lindsey Kaczmarek, Associate, Livonia office Kali Lester, Associate, Livonia office Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.  Christopher G. Schultz, […]

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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: T. Joseph Seward, 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 […]

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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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Eleven Estate Planning Mistakes to be Avoided

We have all heard the probate horror stories. Someone’s last will and testament took five years to be probated, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees. All of the assets from someone else’s estate were stolen by the personal representative (executor), leaving the family with nothing. The probate judge was unfair. Such stories instill fear about probate administration, which can lead to estate planning decisions with unintended consequences. […]

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Officer and Public Safety Justify Force Against Recklessly Fleeing Motorists

Recent decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals have clarified the law regarding the force police officers may use to stop a person attempting to flee from police by driving away in a motor vehicle. The Supreme Court had previously established in Tennessee v. Garner (1985) that officers can apply potentially deadly force to stop a fleeing suspect if the officer has […]

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Signs of Identity Theft and How to Dispute Errors on Your Credit Report

Identity theft is occurring more often, due in part to the recent data breaches with merchants, hospitals, and various websites. Identity theft also results from so-called “phishing scams,” in which the victim is tricked into revealing personal information. Even if you do business only with trusted companies, and you keep your personal information to yourself, you should still be aware of the following signs of identity theft: You see withdrawals […]

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