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Webpage offers approved plans for reopening trial courts

The Michigan Supreme Court launched a new webpage that explains reopening plans for the state’s trial courts.

Insider who stole from Lake Michigan ferry pleads guilty

LUDINGTON — A man who handled finances at a Lake Michigan ferry company pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud in a scheme to steal money from the business.

Pandemic prompts plenty of new trademark requests

Although the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy, some people are looking to capitalize on it.

Pandemic can’t stop new cannabis business

While most locally owned businesses have an established presence in Grand Rapids and are known among residents, Casey Kornoelje has not been so fortunate.

USDA taps food service suppliers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded contracts under the Farmers to Families Food Box Program to four West Michigan food suppliers to purchase and distribute produce, dairy and meat products to different food banks, communities and organizations.

Court orders defiant Michigan barber to close his shop

DETROIT — A Michigan court on Thursday ordered a barber to close his shop and stop defying the state's COVID-19 restrictions, though he vowed to keep cutting hair.

Miller Johnson offers resource center for returning workers

A Grand Rapids-based law firm launched the Online Back to Work Resource Center to help companies as they reopen.

West Michigan law firms punch above their weight

A few local law firms were recognized for offering the same level of service as bigger firms.

Court: Injunction blocking Michigan e-cigarette ban stands

LANSING — The state appeals court let stand a temporary injunction blocking Michigan's ban on flavored e-cigarettes, saying a judge did not overstep in ruling for two businesses that sued.

Michigan Supreme Court expands public access to proceedings

The Michigan Supreme Court added a Virtual Courtroom Directory, a new feature on its website that allows the public to search for courts where virtual hearings are being held.

$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.

H-2B hospitality workers in limbo for summer season

Some are here with no work while others wait in their homelands for clearance to come here.

Michigan settles suit after landmark right-to-read ruling

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask the Michigan Legislature to provide at least $94.4 million to Detroit's public schools to settle a lawsuit that describes the city's schools as "slum-like" and incapable of delivering access to literacy.

Nassar-related case dismissed against ex-university chief

DETROIT — A judge dismissed criminal charges Wednesday against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, who was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 as they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving Larry Nassar.

Newly formed law firm teams with PR firm to offer general counsel

Jordan Hoyer launched a legal consulting firm, Camber Engage, earlier this year.

Small-town barber gets early victory in fight to stay open

DETROIT — A judge on Monday declined to stop a defiant Michigan man who reopened his barbershop despite a state order that has closed businesses for weeks because of the new coronavirus.

Dickinson Wright receives privacy management certification

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC, which has an office in Grand Rapids, earned an ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, becoming the first law firm headquartered in Michigan, and one of the first in the world, to earn the distinction.

West Michigan attorney named ‘Leader in the Law’

One West Michigan legal professional was named to the “Leaders in the Law” Class of 2020 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Commission delays decision on gun ban at Michigan Capitol

LANSING — A commission that oversees Michigan's Capitol delayed a decision Monday on banning guns from the building before a planned protest against the governor's coronavirus restrictions, in a meeting that later ended abruptly due to racist and threatening messages posted in Zoom.

Clark Hill adds attorney

Clark Hill welcomed John T. Klees as a senior counselor at its Grand Rapids office.

NCAA faces lawsuit over violence against women at colleges

The NCAA is facing a federal lawsuit accusing the organization of failing to address gender-based violence by male athletes against female students at colleges and universities.

West Michigan attorneys earn Chambers USA ranking

Attorneys in West Michigan garnered international recognition.

Funeral home, manager’s licenses revoked after violations

BATTLE CREEK — The state has revoked the mortuary science licenses of a southern Michigan funeral home and its manager for failing to deposit prepaid funeral funds with an escrow agent.

Law firms scramble to disseminate onslaught of COVID-19 legislation

The laws that govern the country are rapidly changing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawmakers present less restrictive COVID plan

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey introduced a plan to open Michigan, safely, in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shelter-in-place order, which has been criticized for being too restrictive on essential businesses.