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MICHIGAN LEGAL NEWS
 
Michigan residents warned of scams related to coronavirus

MLive.com - February 27, 2020
Con artists are using coronavirus to sell fake products, and as a way to steal money and personal information through emails and social media posts, according to state officials.

 
State: 'Insufficient' data to support ban on water shutoffs in Detroit

Detroit News - February 27, 2020
There's "insufficient data" to support a state-level moratorium on water shutoffs for the city's poor, according to an attorney for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

 
Detroit reaches agreement to drop nuisance suit against controversial landowner

Detroit News - February 27, 2020
The city dropped its legal action against a controversial landowner after he committed to bringing his blighted properties up to code.

 
Chief: DPD unaware of alleged killer's parole violations before using him as informant

Detroit Free Press - February 27, 2020
A man who police say killed six people in and around Detroit worked as an informant for the Detroit Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Chief James Craig acknowledged.

 
Public oversight of Michigan charter schools inadequate, report says

Detroit News - February 27, 2020
Public oversight of Michigan's charter schools needs to be strengthened to ensure tax dollars are spent productively and that students are well-served, says a new report by a nonprofit public affairs research group.

 
Whitmer, lawmakers lecture WSU board amid warfare between members

Detroit Free Press - February 27, 2020
Michigan's governor and attorney general, along with a bevy of other state elected leaders, called out Wayne State University's fractious board, asking it to adopt a code of conduct at its March 20 meeting.

 
Split Michigan Senate OKs changes to regulation of hospitals

Associated Press - February 27, 2020
The law currently requires hospitals, nursing homes, surgical outpatient facilities and others to secure state approval before doing capital expenditure projects exceeding roughly $3.3 million.

 
Michigan Senate panel: Reject Gov. Whitmer’s natural resources appointee

MLive.com - February 27, 2020
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pick to chair the Michigan Natural Resources Commission was rejected by the Senate Advice and Consent Committee.

 
Senate approves bill to protect state employees who talk to lawmakers

Detroit News - February 27, 2020
The Michigan Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban state agencies from punishing employees for communicating with lawmakers about problems they see in government.

 
Michigan man repeated threat against Trump whistleblower’s lawyer to FBI, feds say

Saginaw News - February 27, 2020
During an interview with the FBI, authorities allege a Gladwin County man became so agitated that he threw a table and demanded an agent be arrested by other law enforcement officers.

 
Michigan adoption fraudster sentenced to 10 years in prison

Associated Press - February 27, 2020
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman was outraged after listening to hours of emotional remarks by victims who described how Tara Lee promised to help them adopt babies. Instead of making families, however, they were devastated as adoptions failed.

 
 
NATIONAL LEGAL NEWS
 
Supreme Court hears arguments on prisoner legal complaint strike law

Jurist - February 27, 2020
In the oral argument, the petitioner argued that “[w]ithout-prejudice dismissals for failure to state a claim are not strikes” under a statute which governs how many times prisoners may bring a claim that is then dismissed for failure to state a claim.

 
Court sides with Trump in ‘sanctuary cities’ grant fight

Associated Press - February 27, 2020
The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts.

 
Justice Department creates section dedicated to denaturalization cases

CNN.com - February 27, 2020
The Justice Department announced that it's dedicating a section of its workforce to review denaturalization cases -- a move that's likely to worry immigrant advocates who've expressed concern about the administration stripping citizenship from Americans.

 
Trump campaign files libel suit against New York Times over Russia story

Reuters News - February 27, 2020
President Trump’s re-election campaign [accuses] the newspaper of intentionally publishing a false story last year related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

 
Google defeats conservative nonprofit's YouTube censorship appeal

Reuters News - February 27, 2020
Google persuaded a federal appeals court to reject claims that YouTube illegally censors conservative content.

 
South Carolina sued over its ban on LBGTQ sex ed discussions

Associated Press - February 27, 2020
It is against state law in South Carolina for public school sex education classes to mention anything other than heterosexual relationships, unless the talk involves sexually transmitted diseases.

 
U.S. consumer watchdog agrees to implement minority-lending protections after lawsuit

Reuters News - February 27, 2020
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has agreed to enforce data-collection requirements that aim to guard against discriminatory lending practices after being sued by an advocacy group.

 
Thursday round-up

SCOTUSblog.com - February 27, 2020

 
 
STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN BLOG & OTHER NEWS
 
Representative Assembly accepting award nominations

State Bar of Michigan - February 26, 2020
Nominations for the Michael Franck Award and the Unsung Hero Award are due by March 14.

 
Michigan Bar Journal—Tell us what you think

State Bar of Michigan - February 25, 2020
The State Bar of Michigan is evaluating the Michigan Bar Journal and its usefulness and value to members.

 
Scam targeting attorneys reported in Michigan

State Bar of Michigan - February 24, 2020
The scam, which has been well documented already in Texas, involves a fraudulent check or wire transfer.

 
Judicial vacancies—Ingham & Ogemaw counties

State Bar of Michigan - February 24, 2020
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by March 13.

 
Judicial vacancy—Houghton County

State Bar of Michigan - February 18, 2020
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by February 28.