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


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

Recent Changes and Permit Exemptions Affecting Michigan’s Part 91 Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) Program

Posted on February 23, 2016
House Bill 4604, recently passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Governor Snyder on January 26, 2016, provides permit exemptions under Part 91 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) for certain earth changes that are associated with specific... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA) Releases Statistics on Status of the UST Cleanup Fund

Posted on February 19, 2016
The Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA) just released statistics on the operation of the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund (Fund) to date, as well as data regarding the number of UST facilities submitting information to MUSTA to utilize the Fund (see below). While... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Michigan Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership Program Extends Grant Deadline

Posted on February 17, 2016
The Michigan Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) Program was developed as a result of a $3 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) was tasked as... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Michigan Changes “Liquid Industrial Waste” to “Liquid Industrial By-Products”, Eliminates Site ID and Manifesting Requirements

Posted on February 1, 2016
In December of 2015, the Michigan legislature passed Senate Bill 400, amending Part 121 (Liquid Industrial Wastes) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), making the following significant changes: The title of Part 121 was changed to “Liquid Industrial By-Products” and all... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental