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Spring Lake reevaluates rental rules

Spring Lake Township is in the process of reexamining its short-term rental ordinance, following the dismissal of an ordinance violation leveled against an Ottawa County LLC.

Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on transporting voters to polls

LANSING — A federal judge blocked Michigan's longstanding ban on transporting voters to the polls, ruling it conflicts with U.S. election law.

U-Michigan sues over strike by graduate students who teach

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan is suing to stop a strike by graduate-student instructors after they voted to extend their walkout.

Warner Norcross + Judd’s Kalamazoo office implements impact gift program

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP recently rolled out a new annual community impact gift program that will provide financial contributions to one or more organizations that support relevant issues in the community and address current needs of area residents.

NMU settles bias lawsuit by female professors for $1.46M

MARQUETTE — Four female professors who accused Northern Michigan University of discrimination based on gender have settled a lawsuit for $1.46 million, their attorneys said.

Judge OKs oil flow through second Great Lakes pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY — Enbridge said Wednesday it will fully resume operation of a Michigan Great Lakes oil pipeline after a partial shutdown this summer because of damage to a support structure.

Ludington man sentenced for embezzling from ferry company

Lake Michigan Carferry’s former financial controller was sentenced to 63 months in prison for stealing more than $1.7 million from the company over 11 years.

Lake access can prove problematic for property owners

Michigan is known for its Great Lakes, but that can be tricky for some landowners who live near them.

Group hopes to plow path for cannabis growers

A Michigan association is trying to accelerate the timeframe for some potential entrepreneurs to get into the growing portion of the adult-use cannabis industry.

Michigan school settles suit over suicide for $500,000

LANSING — A Michigan school district accused of failing to stop a teenager from being bullied settled a lawsuit over his suicide for $500,000, a newspaper reported.

Bodman PLC adds tax attorney

Bodman PLC welcomed Wayne D. Roberts to its Grand Rapids office.

Michigan Supreme Court delays virus-related case

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court has postponed arguments over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s use of emergency powers until Sept. 9.

Miller Johnson acquires Detroit-based law firm

Miller Johnson acquired Detroit-based Lusk Albertson, a law firm that focuses on serving the education sector.

Judge: Feds can be sued for failures in Flint water crisis

DETROIT — The federal government can be sued for negligence in the Flint water crisis, a judge said Wednesday, citing the failure of regulators to timely act as good Samaritans and blow the whistle on lead in the water supply.

Former Perrigo employee pleads guilty to stealing

Laura Arlene Barnett could face up to 10 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than 470 items of equipment, parts, and supplies worth approximately $414,000 and sold them on eBay.

Local attorney named Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Mika Meyers attorney Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Panel: Cannabis industry needs to improve equity, prosperity

Despite the legal status of cannabis in Michigan, a panel of experts recently said the fledgling industry is still struggling to translate its promise into prosperity, equity and sustainability.

Inside Track: Personal experience guides attorney’s career

The backbone of Kimberly Clarke’s legal career was what she calls her advantageous rural upbringing on a 500-acre family farm in Conklin in Ottawa County.

Rhoades McKee founder dies at 89

Frank William McKee, a founder and named partner of Rhoades McKee, died on Saturday at the age of 89.

Michigan joining lawsuit to challenge post office changes

LANSING — The state of Michigan is joining other states in suing the U.S. Postal Service over service changes, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday.

Rhoades McKee announces leader of Employment Law Practice Team

Rhoades McKee named Catherine Brainerd the chair of its Employment Law Practice Team.

Daniel Persinger returns to Warner Norcross as senior counsel

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP welcomed back Daniel C. Persinger to serve as a senior counsel at the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Flint, business group settle lawsuit over boy’s handcuffing

FLINT — A Michigan city and a business group have agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit over the handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy at an after-school program in 2015.

Dykema names new chairman and CEO

Dykema, a national law firm with a Grand Rapids office, elected Leonard C. Wolfe to serve as its new chairman and chief executive officer for a three-year term that will begin on Jan. 1.

Judge refuses to reconsider GM lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

A federal judge in Detroit said Friday that he will not reconsider his July dismissal of General Motors' racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.