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Case Law Update: LCC-MAHE v LCC Board of Trustees

CASE LAW UPDATE The following Case Law Update summarizes a recent important case.  It is provide to help clients stay up-to-date on recent case law developments in education law. For further information, please contact Patrick Sturdy. Lansing Community College Chapter of Michigan Association for Higher Education v. Lansing Community College Board of Trustees January 21, 2016;  2016 WL 300954 This case concerns the applicability of the Michigan Uniform Arbitration Act […]

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Receptionist Joins Livonia Office

If you called CMDA this week, you might have heard a new voice answering your call.  Please join us in welcoming our new receptionist Becca to our Livonia office.  Dezaray, our previous receptionist, is still with the Firm but in a different capacity as general office clerk.  Becca is extremely friendly and is looking forward to greeting clients both in person and over the phone.

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Case Law Update: Cass v. Michigan State University and Coalition of Labor Organization at MSU

CASE LAW UPDATE The following Case Law Update summarizes a recent important case.  It is provide to help clients stay up-to-date on recent case law developments in education law. For further information, please contact Patrick Sturdy. Cass v. Michigan State University and Coalition of Labor Organization at MSU (February 18, 2016; 2016 WL 683145) This was a breach of contract action between plaintiff Cass, a former employee and member of […]

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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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Land Owner has a Higher Duty than an Injured Party

In a recent case, a woman fell and injured her back when brick and mortar steps beneath her crumbled.  The land owner brought, and was awarded, a summary disposition dismissing the case at the trial level. Upon appeal, the Court of Appeals held that the land owner has an actual duty to take reasonable steps to prevent dangerous conditions, which could include the duty to inspect.  However, an injured party’s […]

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Employers Face More Compliance Challenges

This past January, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (MUI) mailed a new determination to employers – Form UIA 6367, Notice of Determination of Employer Charging (Notice). The MUI uses this form to notify employers that they have the potential to be charged for (unemployment) claims for which the employer does not provide timely or adequate information in the calendar year. Michigan law provides that if an employer or its agent […]

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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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Plaintiffs May be Able to Recover on a Slip and Fall on a Foreign Substance on Floor

As in all premises liability cases, a dangerous condition is open & obvious if “an average user with ordinary intelligence would have been able to discover the hazard and risk presented upon casual inspection.”  The Court of Appeals and Supreme Court have been using this defense to have cases tossed out of court and many Plaintiffs’ attorneys will not take such cases. However, inroads have been made against this open […]

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CMDA Announces Newest Partner

We are pleased to announce that Brian Goldstein has been named a general partner at CMDA. Mr. Goldstein joined CMDA in 2014 and works out of our Kansas City office. He focuses his practice on business law, municipal law, insurance defense, and litigation. He represents clients in civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts throughout Kansas and Missouri, as well as serving as coverage counsel for numerous insurance […]

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Attorney Inducted into Maritime Law Association of the United States

Congratulations to Greg Grant, an attorney in our Traverse City office, who was recently inducted into the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA). Mr. Grant is one of only 17 attorney members admitted to the association in Michigan. The MLA is the oldest and most recognized maritime legal organization in the United States, furthering the understanding and advancement of maritime law among lawyers, scholars, and maritime industries. Additionally, […]

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