Daily Briefs, April 4

Judge OKs $26.5M settlement for water supply contamination 
ST. LOUIS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $26.5 million settlement involving a central Michigan community and a chemical company accused of contaminating its water supply in the 1950s and 1960s.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Ludington in Bay City last week signed an order approving the deal.
The city of St. Louis hopes the settlement with Rosemont, Ill.-based Velsicol Chemical Co. will help pay to replace the water system that serves the area, which is contaminated with a byproduct of the pesticide DDT.
The settlement of the 2007 lawsuit was approved this week by the City Council.
The city says money for the settlement includes $20.5 million from an insurance company for Velsicol and $6 million from a trust related to a former parent company.

Cooley Law School to present Israeli jurist
Cooley Law School will host the Hon. Justice Salim Joubran of the Supreme Court of Israel at its Auburn Hills campus on May 3. Justice Salim Joubran will speak on the topic “The Israeli Judicial System and the Role of the Supreme Court” at 1 p.m. in Room L48, with overflow to Room L47. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public, and is being held in conjunction with The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. The campus is located at 2630 Featherstone, Auburn Hills, Mich. 48326. For more information, call (248) 751-7800.

Wayne State and FBA co-host panel session on white collar crime
Wayne State University and the FBA are co-sponsoring a panel discussion titled “Corporate Citizenship and White Collar Crime in the Age of Enron and Madoff” at 7-8:30 p.m. April 13 at WSU Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, defense attorney Harold Gurewitz and noted law professor Peter Henning will discuss their perspectives on corporate responsibility in light of white collar crime prosecution. The event is free. For more information, contact Clarence Dass at cdass@grplc.com or (313) 628-4706. 

UD Mercy to host annual Voice for Justice Auction

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 9th Annual Voice for Justice Auction on Saturday, April 9, from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Detroit Yacht Club. The theme for this year’s Auction will be “An Evening in Paris,” complete with live and silent auctions, libations, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and live music entertainment. The cost to attend the auction is $50 pre-event, and $65 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.law.udmercy.edu/vfjauction, or by calling Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations Denise Hickey at (313) 596-0202.

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