Court approves farm’s bankruptcy plan

A large corn and soybean farm in the region has been approved to move forward with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.Judge Robert Jonker, of...

Law firm founding partner earns Lifetime Achievement Award

A local attorney and founding partner of his firm has received an area foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.L. Roland “Bud” Roegge, of Smith Haughey Rice &...

Grand Rapids intersection lands at No. 8 on list of most dangerous intersections in...

Michigan Auto Law posted its annual list of the state’s most dangerous intersections based on police car accident report data for 2019.

State prisons shuffle inmates to manage security risks

LANSING — During the past five years, Michigan’s prison population has dropped by nearly 8,000 and 20 facilities have closed, leaving the Department of...

The unethical practice of medical up-coding

No one enjoys opening medical bills — or paying them, for that matter. While the average American experiences slight bouts of sticker shock whenever...

Brewery files for bankruptcy

A brewery in the region that closed its doors has filed for bankruptcy.Dutch Girl Brewery — which was located in Spring Lake, at 14964...

Downtown law firms unite

A large law firm based downtown is uniting with one of its neighbors.Grand Rapids-based Varnum, founded in 1888, and Law Weathers, a Grand Rapids-based...

$3.7M conference a ‘big step forward’ in attracting diverse groups

A national conference for a group of African-American law enforcement executives is coming to town.NOBLEMore than 1,200 command-level officials and community leaders from local,...

Michigan’s personal property tax reform: It’s not as easy as it sounds

On Aug. 5, Michigan voters elected to repeal Michigan’s personal property tax, or PPT. What does this mean for Michigan businesses?First, know that the...

Law firm wins $83M judgment against bank

A local law firm has won an $83-million judgment against a bank with a large presence in the region.The judgment, including interest, against Huntington...

$8.6M available to help crime victims

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has an open call to all West Michigan groups that serve crime victims: a sizable amount of...

Law schools see big decrease in applications

Law schools across the country are seeing the lowest number of applicants in 30 years, with an average decrease of 19 percent since 2012.According...

Planning the Michigan marijuana industry

Three organizations — only one of which is revealing its financial backers at this point — claim to be working on plans for the...

Retailer files for bankruptcy

A Grand Rapids-based retailer has filed for bankruptcy.MC Sports said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.The sporting goods company cited several reasons for...

Radio company files for bankruptcy

A national radio broadcasting company with eight stations in West Michigan has filed for bankruptcy.Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, the parent company of five radio stations...

Colleges rank among ‘safest’ in Michigan

Three local schools top a ranking of the safest colleges in the state.BackgroundChecks.org, which says it's a “public service to individuals,” said this week...

Buyer beware: Successor liability in asset purchases

Your company recently purchased the assets of another business through an asset purchase agreement, which specifically states the buyer is not assuming any liabilities...

Judge rules no vacancy at lakeshore development

If you’re thinking about making a buck by renting out your summer home on an ongoing basis, you better check your deed restrictions and...

Partners plan two towers on prime downtown lot

A major mixed-use development is in the works for downtown — and a law firm is lined up to be the project’s anchor tenant.Towers...

Schools propose ‘Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School’

As Jim Halpert of NBC’s “The Office” knows, when someone asks, “Do you want to form an alliance with me?” the response should always...

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