MUSTA Extends UST Cleanup Fund Deductible Buy-down Deadline for 2016

Posted on January 21, 2016
At MUSTA’s January 19, 2016 meeting in Lansing, a decision was made to extend the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund deductible buy-down deadline from January 31, 2016 to March 31, 2016. Part 215 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), Section... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Groundwater Discharge Permit Fees Reduced For Laundromats and Car Washes

Posted on January 12, 2016
Several business categories, such as coin-operated laundromats and public car washes, are the beneficiaries of new legislation that will reduce the annual groundwater discharge permit fees for the next few years. On December 31, 2015, Governor Snyder approved Senate Bill 552, which amends Part... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

2015 Revisions to Federal UST Rules

Posted on December 29, 2015
On July 15, 2015, EPA published revised underground storage tank (UST) regulations in the Federal Register, providing the first major federal UST rule revision since 1988. After an opportunity for public comment, the rule package became effective on October 13, 2015. The UST rule... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

DEQ Releases Information on How to Access the UST Cleanup Fund as a Financial Assurance Mechanism

Posted on October 26, 2015
As Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues to develop procedures for implementing and accessing the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund (Fund) created by the passage of SB 791 in December 2014, it just released the instructions for how UST owners/operators (O/O) can... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Are Contracts With Unlicensed Builders Void Or Voidable? The Michigan Supreme Court Provides Definitive Answer

Posted on October 26, 2015
In Epps v 4 Quarters Restoration, LLC, Docket No. 147727 (September 28, 2015), the Michigan Supreme Court held that homeowner contracts with unlicensed builders are voidable, thus putting existing murky law to rest. In Epps, Mr. and Mrs. Epps’ Detroit home suffered flood damage.... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Business

Contracting By The Internet In Michigan

Posted on October 26, 2015
In 2000, Michigan adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (“UETA”). In Michigan, the mutual assent of both parties to a contract is required in order to have a valid and enforceable contract. Assent of a party can be demonstrated by an “electronic” signature if... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Business

Update on the Progress of the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA)

Posted on September 11, 2015
We have written several blogs on the passage of Public Act 416 of 2014, which called for the establishment of the MUSTA Board and the UST Cleanup Fund (effective on December 30, 2014) as a means to assist UST owners/operators in demonstrating financial responsibility... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Gimme A ©! Court Of Appeals Rules Designs On Cheerleading Uniform Protected By Copyright

Posted on September 10, 2015
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the designs on cheerleading uniforms are entitled to copyright protection under federal law. The Court’s decision hinged on whether the design aspects such as colors, stripes, curves and diagonals, were separate from the utilitarian aspects... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Business

DEQ Launches MiWaters — New Online Water Resources Permitting and Information System

Posted on August 31, 2015
MiWaters (pronounced “My Waters”) is a new web-based information system recently rolled out by the DEQ’s Water Resources Division (WRD), designed to manage all of the WRD’s compliance and permitting activities in the groundwater, NPDES, aquatic nuisance, Part 41 wastewater construction, and water resource... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Negligent Procurement of Insurance – The Agent’s Duties to an Insured

Posted on August 25, 2015
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently revisited the issue of an insurance agent’s duty to an insured in procuring adequate insurance coverage. In Land Escape Outdoor Maintenance, LLC v Insurance Advisors, Inc, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued August 13,... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Litigation