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 Miller Canfield attorney receives Distinguished Service Award

 Miller Canfield lawyer Lawrence Dudek was presented with the  C. Robert Wartell  Distinguished Service Award by State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section. He received the award as part of the section’s Summer Conference and Annual Meeting at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, Mich.

The C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award is presented in recognition of exemplary service to the Real Property Section over an extended period of time. Dudek is the first recipient of the award from Miller Canfield. The plaque presented to Dudek at the event noted many of the leadership positions he has held in the section over the past 20 years, including serving as section chair in 2003-2004, council member from 1997 to 2004,  Continuing Legal Education Committee chair from 1997-2000 and Chair of the Special Committee on Construction law.
He also chaired one long range planning committee and co-chaired a second for the Section.  Dudek also has authored numerous articles in the Michigan Real Property Review, chaired a number of Section Conferences, and presented at many conferences on topics relating to commercial real estate foreclosure, workouts and receiverships, construction and issues relating to bankruptcy proceedings involving commercial real estate.  He is also a member of the Land Title Standards Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, which promulgates title standards relied upon by the real estate industry.

Dudek is a principal in Miller Canfield’s Detroit office. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate litigation, including foreclosure, receivership, construction claims (including defects, delays and impacts), ownership disputes, leasing and related matters, secured loan workouts, lender liability defense and fraudulent conveyances and transfers.

Detroit’s water department placed in Duggan’s hands 

DETROIT (AP) — State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr issued an order Tuesday that gives Mayor Mike Duggan control over Detroit’s water department.
The move comes as the bankrupt city’s massive water system was widely criticized for shutting off service to thousands of customers who were 60 days or more behind on their bills.

Duggan has said Detroit Water and Sewerage Department officials could have been more sensitive in how they handled delinquent bills and the shutoffs. On Tuesday, he promised to have a “new plan shortly” on how to deal with the issue.
Crews disconnected 500 customers in March, more than 3,000 in April and about 4,500 in May. The shutoffs topped 7,200 in June, and department records show that as of July 1, more than $89 million was owed on nearly 92,000 past-due accounts.

The federal judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy said the shutoffs were bringing bad publicity, and water officials later disclosed they were suspending the shutoffs for 15 days to educate customers on payment plans. That grace period is set to end Aug. 6.


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