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A breach of confidentiality can lead to loss of settlement

February 23, 2017

Ed Sikorski Mediated settlement agreements are governed by contract law. When a material feature of such an agreement is a confidentiality provision and a party breaches that provision, the breaching party can lose its benefits under the settlement agreement.  ...

Court of Appeals drastically expands scope of the WPA

February 23, 2017

Warren Krueger A recent Court of Appeals’ interpretation of the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act (WPA) has significant ramifications for attorneys.  In McNeil-Marks v MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot, the Michigan Court of Appeals ...

When a pink slip turns a bizarre shade of gray

February 23, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief A year ago, an article in a Sunday edition of The New York Times caught my eye. It was titled, “Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired.” For those workers who have been on — or perilously close to ...

Book discusses the art of depositions

February 23, 2017

The goal of every trial lawyer is to make a deposition come alive by making it interesting and compelling for the jury. Depositions play an integral part in a successful trial. "Mastering the Art of Depositions," a new release from the American ...

Extending the 'One-Year-Back Rule' will decrease no-fault litigation and benefit everyone

February 23, 2017

Stephen H. Sinas, Sinas Dramis Law Firm As the state Legislature debates changing the Michigan Auto No-Fault Insurance Act, there is one simple revision that will vastly improve the no-fault insurance system for all Michigan citizens: extend the so-called ...

Imputation Part II - What you need to know

February 23, 2017

By Marie E. Matyjaszek This article follows my previous one about imputation that was printed January 5. It will continue looking at the Michigan Child Support Formula (MCSF) 2017 imputation factors found in §2.01(G), and examine the remaining factors ...