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MICHIGAN LEGAL NEWS
After signing law to shrink Court of Appeals, Snyder to add another judge

Detroit Free Press - May 26, 2017
Gov. Rick Snyder says he will name a replacement for Appeals Court Judge Kurtis Wilder, whom he recently promoted to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Attorneys ask Gov. Snyder to restore water credits for Flint residents

Flint Journal - May 26, 2017
A group of attorneys involved in civil litigation over the Flint water crisis is asking Gov. Rick Snyder to restore subsidies for Flint water customers until tap water is "safe and untainted."

Muslim man sues Little Caesars, claiming 'halal' was a lie in Dearborn

Detroit Free Press - May 26, 2017
A Muslim man is suing Little Caesars for $100 million after he says he was served and then accidentally ate pepperoni made with pork, a food prohibited by Islamic law.

First federal case under female genital mutilation ban spurs efforts for harsher penalties

Washington Post - May 26, 2017
Federal prosecutors last month charged three Michigan doctors with putting two Minnesota girls under the knife.

Fieger client files 3rd sex assault suit against Morse

Detroit News - May 26, 2017
A third woman has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against personal-injury attorney Mike Morse.

Judge splits Townsend case

Traverse City Record Eagle - May 26, 2017
Civil rights claims over Prop 3 posters will remain in federal court.

Macomb Township board retains official despite judge's ruling

Macomb Daily News - May 26, 2017
A judge’s finding that the Macomb Township Board of Trustees violated state law and illicitly hired its township attorney as its human-resources director spurred a raucous board meeting where the board retained him over residents’ objections.

Lawsuit accuses GM of using emission defeat devices

Detroit Free Press - May 26, 2017
Add General Motors to the growing list of automakers facing accusations they tried to thwart regulators by installing software designed to cheat emissions tests.

Nude dancers push back against class-action settlement

Detroit Free Press - May 26, 2017
A growing number of exotic dancers want to block a national class-action settlement alleging workplace exploitation by Michigan-based Deja Vu clubs.

House panel weighs school vaccine waiver requirement

Detroit News - May 26, 2017
Dozens of people crammed into a committee hearing room Thursday to weigh in on legislation to stop the state’s health department from requiring a signed waiver from parents of schoolchildren who are not vaccinated against major communicable diseases.

“Choose Life” fundraising license plate bill on its way to the governor

Michigan Radio - May 26, 2017
Controversial legislation surrounding license plate fundraising is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

NATIONAL LEGAL NEWS
Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

Associated Press/US News and World Report - May 26, 2017
A federal appeals ruled that the ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination."

Appeals court will not reinstate Trump’s revised travel ban

New York Times - May 26, 2017
Describing President Trump’s revised travel ban as intolerant and discriminatory, a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected government efforts to limit travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations.

Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

Associated Press - May 26, 2017

How Michael Flynn may have run afoul of the law

New York Times - May 26, 2017
President Trump’s former national security adviser is facing a mounting tangle of potential legal troubles arising from his business dealings with foreign entities and his interactions with both executive branch and congressional investigators.

Senate Republicans likely to change custom that allows Democrats to block judicial choices

Washington Post - May 26, 2017
Leaders are considering a change to the Senate’s “blue slip” practice, which holds that judicial nominations will not proceed unless the nominee’s home-state senators signal their consent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judge orders UPS to pay $247 million for illegally shipping cigarettes

New York Times - May 26, 2017

OPINIONS
Column: Officials should use government email

Detroit News - May 26, 2017

Lawmakers are ill-advised to close off teacher pensions -- it will be costly

MLive.com - May 26, 2017

Guest column: A better way for teacher pensions

Detroit Free Press - May 26, 2017

These rules could stop the next big financial crisis. Don’t get rid of them.

Washington Post - May 26, 2017

Column: Securing free speech at UM

Detroit News - May 26, 2017

STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN BLOG & OTHER NEWS
SBM members: Vote now in SBM elections

SBM Blog - May 26, 2017
Members: time to do your civic duty and vote for representatives to lead the State Bar of Michigan in the coming years.

SBM members: Help us reshape the State Bar for the legal future

SBM Blog - May 25, 2017
SBM President-Elect Don Rockwell wants you to consider volunteer service with the State Bar.

SBM Spring Pro Bono Workshop tackles the changing face of pro bono

SBM Blog - May 24, 2017
Leaders in the delivery of pro bono legal services from across Michigan gathered in Lansing for the ninth Annual Spring Pro Bono Workshop on May 23.

State Bar of Michigan announces 2017 award winners

SBM Blog - May 22, 2017