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$3.5M award thrown out in Detroit case of mistaken identity

DETROIT — A federal appeals court has thrown out a $3.5 million jury verdict for a Detroit-area man who was in jail for 15 days in a case of mistaken identity.

Spirits maker re-brands

A Grand Rapids distillery has adopted a new name to reflect its Grand River heritage.Gray Skies Distillery re-branded itself today as Eastern Kille, a...

West Michigan judge elected vice-chairperson

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission has elected Hon. Jon Hulsing to serve as its vice-chairperson.

Miller Canfield appoints first woman CEO

Detroit-based law firm Miller Canfield, which has a Grand Rapids office, named Megan Norris as its new chief executive officer, the first woman in the firm’s history to hold that title.
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Gov. Whitmer signs $106M COVID-19 relief plan

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a $106 million plan Tuesday that will provide relief to businesses and fund efforts to fight the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Fraser Trebilcock hires legislative consultant

Fraser Consulting, a full-service governmental and legislative affairs firm and a subsidiary of Fraser Trebilcock law firm, welcomed Elvin L. Caldwell Jr. as its new legislative consultant.

Q&A: Allison Sleight

Editor’s note: Each Q&A in the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a woman from the region who’s influential, a rising face in her industry...

Grand Rapids’ 61st District Court limits courthouse activities

Under the direction of the State Court Administrative Office, Grand Rapids’ 61st District Court entered Phase I Reopen Plan in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Mika Meyers names committee members

Mika Meyers elected attorneys Benjamin A. Zainea, Scott E. Dwyer and Joshua D. Beard to its management committee for 2021.
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Pizza entrepreneur charged with fraud in virus loan program

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur was charged with fraud Thursday in seeking more than $900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gruel Mills promotes two attorneys to partner

Grand Rapids-based Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC named Thomas Worsfold and Laura Danielson partners of the firm, joining five other partners.
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Gov. Whitmer signs bill prohibiting water shutoffs through March

LANSING — Water shutoffs will be banned through March under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Kentwood District Court judge to retire after 42 years

Judge William G. Kelly will retire from the bench Jan. 1 after serving at the city of Kentwood’s 62-B District Court for 42 years.

Thacker Sleight adds attorney

Thacker Sleight welcomed Courtney Sierra, who will join the firm’s family law group.
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Lawmakers vote to extend emergency declaration in pandemic

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers began voting Tuesday to lengthen Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus emergency declaration by 23 days rather than adopt a 70-day extension she requested.

Max’s South Seas Hideaway files for bankruptcy

The owners of a downtown tiki bar and restaurant declared bankruptcy.
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Ex-UAW leader gets nearly 2 years in prison for corruption

DETROIT — A welder who rose from the factory floor to become president of a venerable U.S. labor union was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for luxurious winter stays in the California sun covered by dues paid by his blue-collar members.
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Some Michigan sheriffs won’t enforce open carry ban at polls

BEULAH — Some sheriffs have said they won't enforce Michigan's top election official's ban on openly carrying guns near polling places on Election Day.

Appeals court grants hold on gay marriage

This past weekend can easily be described as a roller coaster for Michigan’s gay couples seeking to marry.ConstitutionalityFollowing Federal District Court Judge Bernard A....

Mecosta woman files lawsuit against Meijer for contaminated food

Ven Johnson Law PLC recently filed a lawsuit in the Mecosta County Circuit Court against Meijer Inc. and Eagle Produce LLC, requesting more than $25,000.

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