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  • March 16, 2023
  • by John Stoddard

As part of the administration’s push to curb excessive fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing drastic reductions to fees charged to consumers by credit card companies.  If approved, the unintended consequences of higher interest rates, lower credit lines, and fewer new cards being […]

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WE HAVE CHANGED OUR TERMS – Why you should read the fine print

  • January 10, 2023
  • by John Stoddard

“We have changed our terms.”  How often do you get this pop-up or email? It seems like companies, services, and platforms are constantly changing their terms. Now—answer honestly. How often do you read those changed terms or the fine print of any contract, whether in original […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies Direct vs. Derivative Claim Standard in Murphy v. Inman

  • May 17, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

When a corporate shareholder alleges harm due to acts or omissions by corporate officers and directors, the question of whether the shareholder must bring a “direct” or “derivative” claim often arises. A direct claim asserts that the defendants harmed the shareholder. Derivative claims, on the […]

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Increasing or diverting the natural flow of surface water onto a neighboring property

  • January 18, 2022
  • by Admin

A trespass is an intrusion of a physical and tangible object onto the land of another without permission. In some cases, surface water flowing from a neighbor’s property onto yours is considered a trespass in Michigan. “Surface waters” are “waters on the surface of the […]

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5 Supreme Court Cases to Watch for in 2021 Which Could Affect Your Business

  • January 3, 2021
  • by Admin

With 2020 winding down, many businesses are looking ahead to 2021. For most businesses, 2020 has been a difficult year and they hope that 2021 will bring with it a return to normalcy. While we can never predict the future, businesses should be aware, to […]

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Spooky Debt Collectors Haunting You? Here are Some Consumer Tricks and Treats

  • October 30, 2020
  • by Admin

Many families are preparing to celebrate Halloween this weekend in a year marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many had hoped that the spread of the virus would be contained by now, it appears that was only witchful thinking. Instead, the virus has continued to […]

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Coronavirus Impact: 3 Things to Know About Commercial Leases and Summary Proceedings in Michigan

  • May 28, 2020
  • by Admin

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-85 generally prohibits the eviction of residential tenants before June 11, 2020, which will likely be extended. But what about commercial premises and leases? Here are the three things you should keep in mind whether you are a commercial landlord […]

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How Do We Handle Public Relations in the Case of a Lawsuit?

  • December 6, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Attorney Noel Sterett believes it is important for parties involved in a lawsuit to understand and consider how to handle public relations during the case. In this video, Noel shares some of the recommendations he often relays to his own clients, many of which have […]

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The United Methodist Church at a Crossroad

  • January 17, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Since its creation in 1968, the United Methodist Church has struggled to define itself. The adaption of cultural norms and the failure to define its basic theology has resulted in a dramatic decline in membership in the denomination. In the United States, for example, membership has […]

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Sixth Circuit Rules in Favor of MI Business on First Amendment Retaliation, Equal Protection Claims

  • September 14, 2015
  • by Admin

Last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Michigan business on its First Amendment retaliation, due process and equal protection claims brought against the Village of Armada, Michigan. The Sixth Circuit’s opinion largely reversed a district court decision that had […]

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