Michigan Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Amended – Elimination of Buy-Downs for Small UST Owners and Retroactive Reduction in Deductibles

Posted on January 3, 2017
2016 closed out with some good news for underground storage tank (UST) owners in Michigan. On December 21, 2016, Governor Snyder signed House Bill 5599 into law (PA 380 of 2016), amending UST corrective action funding provisions of Part 215 of Michigan’s Natural Resources... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 22, 2016
GGTM Law is spreading joy this holiday season with the help of the Mona Shores Choir. Please enjoy viewing our Christmas card while listening to this beautiful arrangement of a Christmas classic sung by the Mona Shores Choir. Wishing each of you Happy Holidays... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Firm News

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

Posted on July 18, 2016
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... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Business

EPA Approves MI Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund as a Financial Responsibility Mechanism

Posted on June 14, 2016
On May 27, 2016, Region 5 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Michigan’s Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund (the Fund) as an acceptable partial coverage financial responsibility mechanism for owners and operators (O/O) of USTs within the State of Michigan. After payment of... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

President Obama Signs Federal Act To Protect Trade Secrets

Posted on May 23, 2016
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... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Business

GGTM Welcomes Real Estate and Business Lawyer J. Scott Timmer To Its Team

Posted on May 6, 2016
Scott Timmer has joined Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (“GGTM”), adding strength to the firm’s growing legal team. Timmer is the seventh attorney to join GGTM, bringing with him more than 35 years’ experience in the practice of real estate and business law. Timmer... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Business

WHO DETERMINES IRREPARABLE HARM IN CONTRACTS: THE PARTIES OR THE COURT?

Posted on March 21, 2016
Most contracts containing covenants not to compete or non-solicitation provisions also contain language within those provisions stating that any breach or threatened breach will result in “irreparable harm,” and that it may be difficult to determine or adequately compensate the non-breaching party through monetary... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Business

Correction of Work Clause Does Not Limit Builder Warranties

Posted on March 10, 2016
On March 4, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court – by refusing to grant leave – essentially affirmed a Michigan Court of Appeals opinion that refused to limit a “Correction of Work” clause to the 18-month period as stated in the contract. Spring Harbor Club... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Litigation

Same-Sex Adoption Upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court

Posted on March 9, 2016
On March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that refused to recognize a Georgia adoption and denied parental rights to a same-sex parent. VL v EL, 577 US ____ (2016). Previous to the Alabama Supreme Court... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

A Door of a Different Color: Appeals Court holds that condominium association is responsible for painting exterior door of condominium unit

Posted on March 3, 2016
When a condominium association appealed a circuit court order, claiming that a condominium unit owner – not the association – was responsible to repaint the owner’s front door, the Court of Appeals held that the alleged responsibility to repaint was a horse (or perhaps... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Uncategorized