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Court revives dispute over $100,000 Porsche


OKEMOS, Mich. (AP) — Was a $100,000 Porsche a lemon?

The Michigan appeals court says a Kent County woman will get a second chance to make her case with a jury.

Jane Meyering bought a new Porsche Cayenne in 2015, but she sued after having problems with the heating-and-cooling system.

The appeals court says an Ingham County judge wrongly disregarded Meyering’s trial testimony and ruled in favor of Porsche North America. The court says the jury should have settled the dispute.

In Michigan, a car manufacturer can be forced to buy back or replace a new vehicle if it’s not fixed after repeated attempts.

Meyering says cold air turned the windows frosty in winter. At other times, the blower motor didn’t work properly. A Lansing-area dealer replaced corroded components but said it couldn’t confirm any problems during a fourth visit.

 

Cybersecurity and laws protecting individuals’ data focus of discussion
 

Jeffrey May, litigation attorney at the law firm of Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC, will speak about the constantly changing law governing data privacy in the U.S. and beyond at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus Feb 11 from noon to 1 p.m.

In the presentation “Our Network Has Been Hacked!” May, whose practice areas include cyber security and data privacy, will discuss the importance of data security and the steps businesses should take if their data systems

Some steps to be outlined during the discussion will include:

• How to understand what data was hacked

• Identifying whether customers’ data is safe

• Who should be informed

• What are the liabilities after a cyber breach

 

New law expands protections for pets of abuse survivors


PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A new bipartisan legislation signed into law last month is expanding existing federal protections for the pets of domestic violence survivors.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters made a stop at Pontiac’s Haven women’s shelter recently to speak on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. The shelter opened its Farber Family Pet Center in 2017, allowing survivors to be near their pets for the entirety of their stay at Haven and removing the fear of violence against them if they’re left behind with an abusive partner.

The law adds protections for the animals of survivors including threats or acts of violence against the pet and will help to provide additional resources for shelters across the country to open facilities similar to Haven’s, the Oakland Press reported.

“A person who has a pet at home, that pet could be used as a weapon against them. It’s absolutely unacceptable that someone should feel trapped (out of fear for safety of their pet). This needs to become a model for shelters across the country,” Peters said.

On average, survivors of domestic violence will remain with an abusive partner for an additional two years due to the fear of violence against their pets, studies have shown.

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