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Arbitration Advocacy

January 13, 2017

By Martin C. Weisman Arbitrations are meant to be cost efficient, quick and more informal than courtroom litigation. However, many litigators seem to forget that. Arbitration pre hearing conference orders often include phrases such as “the rules of evidence ...

Eminent domain lawyer stands tall as ever more

January 13, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief Darius Dyn­kowski isn’t one to name-drop, but if he was . . . How about Frank Sinatra for starters? Then there was the time that he rubbed elbows with boxing great Muhammad Ali, in his prime perhaps the best-known ...

Things servers say to drive me crazy

January 13, 2017

One of the lesser known events of 2016 was the growth of a secret cult that trains all restaurant servers. I have noticed that no matter the restaurant, plain or fancy, urban or rural, they all utter the same two phrases: Upon greeting, “Hello, I’m ...

Imputation - what you need to know

January 13, 2017

By Marie E. Matyjaszek People file for child support modifications all the time, hoping to get an increase to help with the adjustment of rising prices, for just about everything, or a decrease, due to a change in income or job loss.  Whatever the reason ...

Michigan's medical marijuana laws are discriminatory and oppressive

January 13, 2017

By Venar Ayar In November 2008, Michigan followed a number of states in legalizing medical marijuana. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act permits any patient having a debilitating condition to possess, cultivate, manufacture, use, deliver, or transfer marihuana ...

Immigration case to be heard by Supreme Court

January 13, 2017

By Michael Carlin Should a lawful permanent resident of the United States be deported as a result of a conviction for conduct that is perfectly legal in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and under federal law? We think not. I first met Juan Esquivel ...