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U-M settlement latest in school sex abuse payouts

A financial payout for more than 1,000 people — mostly men — who said they were sexually assaulted by former University of Michigan sports doctor Robert Anderson is the latest multimillion-dollar settlement involving schools faced with sexual misconduct scandals.

Suspended professor threatens to sue if he’s not reinstated

DETROIT — A Michigan professor who was suspended after making a profanity-filled video for his students is threatening to file a lawsuit if Ferris State University doesn’t quickly lift the sanction.

Law firm elects committee members

Mika Meyers named three attorneys to its 2022 management committee.

Cooley law school to host civil rights panel discussion

Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School is hosting a virtual discussion panel in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Law firm selects new shareholder

A Grand Rapids-based law firm named a new shareholder.

Record pace of M&A expected to continue

A national survey conducted by a Michigan law firm found nothing is expected to break the stride of M&A dealmakers over the year to come.

Warner names new managing partner

A local law firm elected a new managing partner.

Enbridge seeks federal jurisdiction in oil pipeline dispute

TRAVERSE CITY — Enbridge Energy moved Wednesday to shift to federal court a Michigan lawsuit seeking shutdown of an oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

Court won’t order hospital to use deworming drug on man

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Court of Appeals won’t order a hospital to use a deworming drug to treat a man who has health problems related to COVID-19.

Michigan State University overcomes challenges in court competition

Michigan State University College of Law won the Billings Exum Frye Moot Court Competition.

Marijuana testing lab sues state over major product recall

LANSING — A marijuana testing lab filed a lawsuit against Michigan regulators after a major product recall and allegations of unreliable results.

Law firm appoints COO

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge named Allen G. Nederveld its new COO.

Kellogg files lawsuit against its striking cereal workers

Kellogg Company filed a lawsuit against its local union in Omaha, Nebraska, complaining striking workers are blocking entrances to its cereal plant and intimidating replacement workers as they enter the plant.

SpartanNash hires new chief legal officer

SpartanNash will welcome a new leader for its legal functions next week.

Local attorneys named ‘leaders in law’

Two Grand Rapids attorneys were named “Leaders in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Attorney joins Grand Rapids Ballet board

A Warner Norcross + Judd associate attorney was selected to join the Grand Rapids Ballet Board of Directors.

Juneteenth could become a Michigan court holiday

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering a statewide court holiday on Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery.

Varnum opens Florida office

Varnum opened its first Florida office in the Fifth Third Center in Napels.

Jonathan Tukel, judge and longtime federal prosecutor, dies

DETROIT — Jonathan Tukel, who was a federal prosecutor before becoming a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals, has died at age 60.

IRS provides guidance for Employee Retention Credit

The Internal Revenue Service has provided clarity to the guidelines of the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), which has proved to be a puzzling financial aid to employers and tax experts alike. 

Michigan diner owner jailed over virus rules plans to reopen

HOLLAND — A Michigan restaurant owner who flouted COVID-19 restrictions and spent four nights in jail in March said she plans to reopen in a few weeks.

Expungement of criminal record to help ‘tens of thousands’

About 200,000 Michiganders will be beneficiaries of the state’s newest expungement law.

Father and son’s love of flying spills over into law practice

Some days you can find Jeff Beswick and his son, Ethan Beswick, in the courtroom. At other times, you might see them in the cockpit of their airplane.

Judge blocks Western Michigan’s vaccine mandate for athletes

LANSING — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Western Michigan University from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement against four female soccer players, ruling they are likely to prevail on claims it violates their constitutional religious rights.

Athletes, worker sue over vaccine rules at Michigan colleges

LANSING — Four female soccer players at Western Michigan University challenged the school’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for athletes Monday, saying it violates their Christian beliefs.