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Ex-Catholic school teacher pleads guilty in sex abuse cases

JACKSON — A former Catholic school teacher pleaded guilty to sexually abusing children during his tenure at a southern Michigan school in the 1970s.
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Bankruptcy judge gets involved in Flint water record dispute

DETROIT — The Flint water criminal case involving former Gov. Rick Snyder took a strange side trip Wednesday into bankruptcy court where his lawyers asked a judge to penalize state attorneys for distributing confidential documents from Detroit's historic financial restructuring.

Trademark rule changes could provide more opportunities for owners

Trademark owners will have to adhere to some new rules and procedures later this year, courtesy of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA.)

Inside Track: Attorney turns medical problem into career

Joe Rivet inadvertently catapulted himself into the health care industry as a teenager and has made a career out of it ever since, recently becoming the founder and principal attorney for Rivet Health Care Law PLC, and an arbitrator for the American Health Law Association.
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Ex-UAW leader gets 28-month sentence for corruption scandal

DETROIT — He plotted to steal up to $1.5 million in union dues, and the money he diverted was spent on golf clubs, vacation homes, booze and lavish meals, fostering a culture of corruption within the United Auto Workers union.
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Ex-Detroit councilman gets probation for misconduct charge

DETROIT — A former Detroit city councilman was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years of probation after pleading guilty last month to accepting an illegal cash campaign contribution.

State aligns hemp guidelines with federal standards

Updates to Michigan’s Industrial Hemp Growers Act are giving hemp farmers and growers more latitude to expand.
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Michigan bills push police changes year after Floyd death

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers unveiled bipartisan bills Tuesday that would require updated use-of-force policies and make changes designed to hold police accountable for misconduct a year after the slaying of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Lachman Stuart opens second location in downtown Grand Rapids

After launching her real estate law and litigation firm in May 2020, real estate litigator and managing member Sara Lachman is set to open Lachman Stuart PLC at Waters Center, 161 Ottawa Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids, this month.
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State health agency releases some COVID-19 data after lawsuit

LANSING — The Michigan health department settled a lawsuit by releasing information about people in long-term care sites who died of COVID-19, attorneys for a journalist said Friday.

Kent County Probate Court unveils e-filing program

The Kent County Probate Court is providing individuals with a new method of e-filing adult conservatorship cases.
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Michigan lawmakers: Exempt graduations from crowd limits

LANSING — Michigan legislators gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would exempt high school graduation ceremonies from a state order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Flint business owner sentenced for dumping waste into sewers

FLINT — A Flint business owner was sentenced to one year in prison for illegally dumping nearly 48 million gallons (182 million liters) of liquid landfill waste into the city's sewers over several years.

State eyes revamp of court system

The state’s judiciary branch is assembling a diverse team of professionals to craft a plan for the legal system to operate in unison.
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House GOP plan: $80M more for police, including to recruit

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers on Thursday proposed an $80 million funding increase for law enforcement, including $47 million to help recruit and retain officers at a time the profession has been "beaten down" by anti-police sentiment, a top Republican said.

Mika Meyers attorney named trustee of Grand Rapids Bar Association, Justice Foundation

Mika Meyers attorney Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer was selected to serve as a trustee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association board and Justice Foundation of West Michigan.
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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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Michigan Legislature OKs exempting graduations from virus order

LANSING — A split Michigan Legislature voted Wednesday to exempt high school graduation ceremonies from the state's order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dykema announces new managing member

Dykema appointed Elisa Lintemuth to serve as managing member of its Grand Rapids office, where she has worked for over 10 years.

Smith Haughey expands team

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge added attorney Brooke A. Johnston to its Grand Rapids office.
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Ex-Michigan health chief ordered to testify about departure

LANSING — Former Michigan health director Robert Gordon will testify next week before a legislative committee about his abrupt departure from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration, following the panel's vote to subpoena him Thursday.

RPC funds DJ, partners with Miller Johnson to offer pro bono legal services

Rende Progress Capital issued its first loan to an entertainer and formed a partnership with a local law firm to offer pro bono legal services.

Kent County Probate Court returning to Phase 1

Kent County Probate Court will return to Phase 1 of the State Court Administrative Office’s COVID-19 Guidelines on Monday.

Miller Johnson adds new member to intellectual property practice group

Miller Johnson recently welcomed Brandon Griffith as a member of the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Clean Slate Act makes more eligible for expungement

More Michigan citizens will be eligible to have some of the misdemeanors or felonies on their criminal record expunged, courtesy of the Clean Slate Act.

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