Corporate & Business/Nov 30, 2020

Michigan Recreational Marijuana Licensing to Expand Eligibility

Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency has announced an expiration of multiple eligibility restrictions for recreational marijuana establishment licenses, starting March 1, 2021. Originally, under MCL 333.27959(6) of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA), applicants for Class B or C Growers, Retailers, Processors, or Secure Transporters were required to hold a medical marijuana facility ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Nov 19, 2020

Michigan Passes Laws to Protect Employers and Employees From COVID-19 Litigation and Retaliation

On October 22, 2020 Governor Whitmer signed three new laws intended to give employers and employees more certainty and security regarding potential litigation or retaliation resulting from an employee catching COVID-19. These new laws consist of (1) the COVID-19 Response and Reopening Liability Assurance Act, (2) amendments to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Jul 28, 2020

Elasticity of Quantity Terms in Supply Contracts: Reconciling UCC 2-201 and 2-306

The Michigan Court of Appeals in a recently published court opinion re-opens issues of indefinite quantity terms in supply contracts. The published case at issue is Cadillac Rubber & Plastics v Tubular Metal Systems, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 34551 (February 11, 2020). The blanket purchase orders issued by buyer in this case provided ... Read More
Corporate & Business/May 13, 2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Provides Support for Individuals

On Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. This extensive act provides much needed assistance to those struggling due to the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 shutdowns. There are numerous provisions both businesses and individuals should be aware of to fully benefit from the CARES ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Apr 3, 2020

Department of Labor Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Exemptions from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor has issued additional guidance in the form of FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s paid sick leave provisions contained in the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (summarized here). Included in this additional guidance are more answers regarding employees on furlough or ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Jan 6, 2020

Licensing Begins Under Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act

One of the most recent opportunities for business development in Michigan is the passage of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA), making Michigan the 10th state to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana. On November 1, 2019, Michigan began accepting license applications for recreational marijuana establishments. There are still a multitude of ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Dec 18, 2019

UCC Warranty Disclaimers and Remedy Limitations Apply to Non-parties and Have Critically Different Requirements

In Vanalstine v Land O’ Lakes Purina Feeds, LLC, 326 Mich App 641 (2018), the Michigan Court of Appeals considered the enforcement of a disclaimer of implied warranties clause in a contract, finding the disclaimers effective. Vanalstine operated a dairy farm in Eaton County, Michigan, and purchased feed for his cows from a retailer partially ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Feb 18, 2019

Nicolas M. Morano, Accomplished Real Estate Attorney, Joins GGTM Law

Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (“GGTM”) welcomes Nicolas M. Morano, who recently joined the growing ranks of experienced attorneys at GGTM. Nic has more than a decade of experience in counseling businesses and entrepreneurs in complex real estate and corporate matters. As a Mona Shores High School graduate, Nic is excited to transition his practice ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Jul 18, 2016

Non-Competes Between Commercial Ventures to be Assessed Under Rule of Reason

In Innovation Ventures v Liquid Manufacturing, LLC, Michigan Supreme Court Docket No. 150591 (decided July 14, 2016), the Michigan Supreme Court considered whether the validity of a covenant not to compete should be determined by looking at the factors provided in MCL 445.774a or by using the “rule of reason” analysis. MCL 445.774a sets forth ... Read More
Corporate & Business/May 23, 2016

President Obama Signs Federal Act To Protect Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) was signed into law by President Obama. DTSA, which amends 18 USC 1836, creates a new federal civil cause of action that will allow businesses to obtain damages and injunctive relief and to recover attorney’s fees for misappropriation of trade secrets. Prior to ... Read More