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Butzel Long attorneys featured at GDI Contractors luncheon

Butzel Long attorneys Bill Eshelman and Beth Gotthelf were featured presenters during a program on May 15 at the Macomb-OU INCubator. The presentation was titled, “International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Primer Update; the Current state of U.S. Export Controls; and, the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative.”
Bill Eshelman, Attorney and Shareholder, Butzel Long is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  Beth Gotthelf, Attorney, Shareholder and Director of Innovation and External Relations; Butzel Long, is based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office.


Backlog cleared of sex offenders awaiting class for parole

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections says it has cleared a backlog of convicted sex offenders waiting for a class to be eligible for parole.
Department spokesman Chris Gautz tells the Lansing State Journal that as of last summer 270 prisoners had passed their earliest-possible release date without being offered a class they were required to take to be eligible for parole.

The newspaper says, however, that the backlog was cleared as of the end of March after the department paid Corrections psychologists and other employees overtime to catch up on the roughly six-month courses.

Gautz says the Department of Corrections is examining staffing levels to see whether any new employees are needed to prevent future backlogs, but no decisions had been made.


$100 million ‘symbolic’ judgment entered in dog attack case

DETROIT (AP) — A $100 million judgment has been awarded to a man who was viciously attacked by a pack of dogs outside a Detroit home.

Attorney Mark Bernstein calls the amount awarded Tuesday to Steve Constantine an “enormously symbolic statement” against irresponsible dog owners.

Constantine lost most of his left arm, his left leg below the knee and his left ear in the October mauling. Police killed one dog and rounded up at least 11 others.
Derick Felton faces trial on charges of harboring a dangerous animal causing serious injury. He and his mother, Elizabeth Collins Felton, are named in the civil case.


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