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MICHIGAN LEGAL NEWS
Nessel's office refutes conflict concerns, asks judge to keep the AG on Flint water cases

Detroit News - April 19, 2019
Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office is fighting an effort to disqualify its attorneys from all Flint water litigation in Genesee County, arguing that the lawyer who wants them disqualified “relies on a series of misunderstandings” to do so.

Ruling: Residents' EPA suit in Flint crisis can move forward

Detroit News - April 19, 2019
The residents sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2017 for "mishandling" the crisis, arguing that agency officials negligently responded, including by failing to use its enforcement authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act to intervene, investigate and warn about the health risks.

PFAS-related suits gain steam as litigants hit Wolverine Worldwide

Detroit News - April 19, 2019
Some of the nation's high-profile environmental law firms, along with Michigan-based ones, are waging legal battles related to PFAS contamination in the state after decades of waste dumping by a popular shoe manufacturer that has seeped into private wells.

Michigan Democrats want to legalize adoption rights for same-sex couples

MLive.com - April 19, 2019
House Bills 4469-4472 and Senate Bills 272-275 would enact an array of protections for same-sex and LGBT couples looking to adopt, including authorizing second-parent adoption in Michigan to allow a same-sex parent to adopt their partner’s biological or adoptive child.

Michigan’s unlicensed pot shops likely will get a break from judge

MLive.com - April 19, 2019
Dozens of unlicensed medical marijuana provisioning centers will likely get some relief from a state compliance deadline that would have forced them to shut their doors.

Michigan House targets unlicensed pot shops still operating

Associated Press - April 19, 2019
The House voted 102-4 Thursday in favor of legislation that would prevent unlicensed facilities that stay open after June 1 from becoming licensed for a year.

GOP campus speech bills spark Democratic criticism, university opposition

Detroit News - April 19, 2019
Proposed legislation by a GOP lawmaker is setting up a fight between Michigan universities and the Legislature about whether lawmakers can dictate speech policies on state college campuses.

Former state employee charged with viewing confidential tax records

Lansing State Journal - April 19, 2019
A former state treasury employee is accused of using her position to illegally obtain confidential personal information from tax records.

Canadian sentenced to life in prison for Flint airport attack

Associated Press - April 19, 2019
A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan police officer while yelling “God is great” in Arabic was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after boldly declaring that he only regretted not having a machine gun during the knife attack.

WNEM drops lawsuit against former station reporter

Saginaw News - April 19, 2019
The parent company of WNEM-TV5 filed a lawsuit three years ago against a former reporter for the station, alleging breach of contract. The ex-employee countersued, alleging he was targeted based on his sexuality.

Woman sues two downtown Northville businesses over "dangerous curb"

Oakland Press - April 19, 2019

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s brash attorney general, plows through Lansing

Bridge Magazine - April 19, 2019
Though she lauds former Democratic Attorney General Frank Kelley, she eschews his generation’s carefully measured legal declarations, preferring the unapologetic partisan activism that is becoming the norm among many attorneys general across the nation.

NATIONAL LEGAL NEWS
House subpoena for Mueller report escalates investigation

Associated Press - April 19, 2019
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s report as Congress escalates its investigation of President Trump.

Mueller report lays out obstruction evidence against the president

Washington Post - April 19, 2019
The report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III lays out in alarming detail abundant evidence against President Trump, finding 10 “episodes” of potential obstruction of justice but ultimately concluding it was not Mueller’s role to determine whether the commander in chief broke the law.

Former counsel may have saved Trump from himself

Associated Press - April 19, 2019
Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Trump when he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller’s report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude.

Supreme Court girds for fight over Trump census citizenship question

Reuters News - April 19, 2019
The nine justices will consider whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department includes the Census Bureau, violated a federal law called the Administrative Procedure Act and the U.S. Constitution’s mandate to enumerate the nation’s population every 10 years.

Appeals court upholds California sanctuary law challenged by Trump administration

San Francisco Chronicle - April 19, 2019
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld California’s contentious sanctuary law, rejecting the Trump administration’s claim that the law interferes with federal immigration enforcement.

Militia in New Mexico detains asylum seekers at gunpoint

New York Times - April 19, 2019
A right-wing militia group operating in New Mexico has begun stopping groups of migrant families and detaining them at gunpoint before handing them over to Border Patrol agents, raising tension over the tactics of armed vigilantes along the border between the United States and Mexico.

Appeals court weighs Trump permit for Keystone XL pipeline

Associated Press - April 19, 2019
The Trump administration has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling that blocked construction of the $8 billion pipeline.

STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN BLOG & OTHER NEWS
2019 SBM election information

SBM Blog - April 16, 2019

2019 April resource directory now available

SBM Blog - April 16, 2019
If you opted to receive the printed Michigan Bar Journal April issue, you will receive a portable print version by mail. A digital version of the directory is also available online.

Modest Means program needs panel members

SBM Blog - April 16, 2019
The State Bar of Michigan Modest Means program faces a critical shortage of attorney panel members for family law referrals, particularly in divorce and child custody matters.