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 Foley to hold breakfast program at the Detroit Athletic Club Jan. 14

Foley invites people to our breakfast program, Drive Forward: The Future of Telematics, which is held in conjunction with the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison St. in Detroit from 8-11:30 a.m. Thriving on innovation, the automotive industry is continually called upon to deliver components and technologies that enhance the interconnectivity of vehicles. Telematics not only applies to technology that enables automobiles to run, now they will be asked to interface with satellites, mobile devices, and beyond. Join us for a robust discussion on technology advancements, trends, and strategies regarding the future of telematics. The industry leaders on our panel will provide their unique perspectives and take questions on vehicle connectivity. There is no cost to participate in this program, but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Christina Wade at cwade@foley.com.


High court: Schools must show size of unfunded mandate 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled against school districts that sued over the cost of reporting data to the state of Michigan.
The court ruled 6-1 that more than 450 districts had to prove the specific amount of the purported unfunded mandate. The districts had argued that they didn't need to quantify the underfunding and instead only had to show that an underfunding occurred.

The high court released the decision Tuesday.

The case stems from a lawsuit saying that the state didn't provide enough funding for districts to collect and report information to the Center for Educational Performance and Information in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. The Michigan Constitution prohibits the state from requiring new or expanded activities by local governments and school districts without full state financing.

Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says the Legislature gave money to school districts for reporting requirements, distinguishing the case from past cases in which no money was appropriated. He says districts as a result must show exactly how much funding is short.

Justice Michael Cavanagh was the lone dissenter, saying it's not unreasonable to put the burden on the state to show that it appropriated enough money to the districts.
The court dismissed the suit, uphold a special master's earlier order and overturning the Michigan Court of Appeals.

LAD to conduct  free outreach clinic

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) will conduct a free outreach clinic on civil legal services for income-eligible residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon at Detroit Veterans Center, 2770 Park Ave. Attendees are asked to register before 10 a.m., as a LAD attorney will assist only those persons who have done so by that time.


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