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Gov. Whitmer on Friday issued an executive order strengthening requirements regarding wearing masks. Read the full order here.

SCAO and SBM seek input from lawyers in private practice during the pandemic

The Michigan Supreme Court’s State Court Administrative Office and the State Bar of Michigan have collaborated on a survey to gather feedback from attorneys navigating the practice of law during the COVID-19 pandemic. All survey responses are confidential. The information collected will be used to help improve the practice of law in Michigan and enhance the resources available to lawyers working to stay safe and maintain their practice throughout the pandemic. If you're in private practice, please take the survey.

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Whitmer toughens Michigan requirement to wear masks with new executive order: What it says

Detroit Free Press - July 10, 2020
Gov. Whitmer issued an executive order that requires any business open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with limited exceptions; requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces; and reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space.

Gov: Health workers must get bias training; issues mask plea

Associated Press - July 10, 2020
Michigan health workers must receive “implicit bias” training tied to their professional licensure under a directive issued by Gov. Whitmer, who said the mandate will help address the coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate and deadly impact on people of color.

Masks, physical barriers among mandates at Michigan meat plants to avoid coronavirus outbreaks

Jackson Citizen-Patriot - July 10, 2020
Meatpacking plants have been hot spots for coronavirus spread in parts of the U.S., prompting new requirements in Michigan to avoid outbreaks in the state.

Oakland County wins appeal in jail inmates' COVID-19 pandemic lawsuit

Detroit Free Press - July 10, 2020
The U.S. Sixth Court of Appeals, in a 2-to-1 decision, vacated a May 21 preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Linda Parker that ordered the county to provide soap, cleaning supplies and masks as well as a list of medically vulnerable inmates.

Michigan AG to handle prosecutions from large lake party

Associated Press - July 10, 2020
The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office asked the Attorney General’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor after a viral video showed hundreds of people in swimsuits Saturday gathered at Diamond Lake, near Cassopolis in Cass County.

Nessel tells Civil Service to reconsider plan to add hurdle to state worker union dues

Lansing State Journal - July 10, 2020
Commissioners have proposed a rule change that would require state workers to agree annually to paying union dues. Currently, workers certify once and can opt out at any time.

Lawsuit targets state, Detroit over 'unconstitutional' water shutoffs

Detroit News - July 10, 2020
A water rights group has joined a handful of residents in a lawsuit against Detroit and the state alleging constitutional violations and racial discrimination tied to water shutoffs and affordability practices.

Detroit water sues over port authority's $1.1M unpaid bill, but keeps water on

Detroit Free Press - July 10, 2020
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suing the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and the operator of the port’s cargo terminal on the Detroit River. The unpaid bills are for stormwater services, which handle runoff of stormwater and snowmelt into the department’s sewer system.

Judge: Three Livingston County prosecutors will not testify in new Kowalski murder trial

Livingston Daily Press & Argus - July 10, 2020
Jerome Kowalski was convicted of killing his brother and sister-in-law in 2013. His conviction was overturned in 2019 after former judge Theresa Brennan, who oversaw the murder trial, faced allegations from the Judicial Tenure Commission and was charged by the Michigan Attorney General's office.

Lawsuit claims fired Grand Blanc Township superintendent is owed $750,000 in damages

Flint Journal - July 10, 2020
The suit alleges the firing of former Grand Blanc Township Superintendent Dennis Liimatta violated the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Auto insurance companies wrongly telling drivers to wait for savings

Detroit Free Press - July 10, 2020
The state's top insurance regulator is raising the alarm about auto insurance companies that are wrongly telling drivers to wait months before they are allowed to update their policies and take advantage of Michigan's new and cheaper coverage options.

SCOTUS rules for pro se petitioner in tribal case that could upend hundreds of convictions

ABA Journal - July 10, 2020
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 for an Oklahoma pro se petitioner who claimed that he was tried in the wrong court system because his alleged crime happened on land that is still an American Indian reservation. The land includes most of the city of Tulsa.

Ex-Trump lawyer behind bars again after dispute over gag order

Reuters News - July 10, 2020
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, was taken to a federal jail on Thursday after refusing to agree to a gag order as a condition of serving his criminal sentence under home confinement.

Ghislaine Maxwell hires ex-prosecutors to keep her out of prison

Bloomberg Law - July 10, 2020
Maxwell’s hired two pairs of law partners, one from New York, the other from Denver. The New Yorkers were once federal prosecutors while the Denver duo has defended Maxwell in civil lawsuits by former financier Jeffrey Epstein’s victims.

Ostreicher: A furnisher moves to compel arbitration…and it’s successful!

National Law Review - July 10, 2020
One of the primary downfalls in attempting to compel arbitration of a consumer dispute is showing a court that the dispute fits within the permissible scope of arbitration, both under the contract and as a matter of law.

Federal executions set to resume after 17 years with 3 deaths scheduled soon

National Public Radio - July 10, 2020
Death row inmates, their spiritual advisors and even one set of victims' relatives are moving to the courts to try to stop or delay the process. They're using a novel argument: the coronavirus pandemic.

AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

Associated Press - July 10, 2020
The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

WHO acknowledges coronavirus can be airborne indoors

US News & World Report - July 10, 2020
The guidance said the spread of the virus through small droplets may have been partially responsible for outbreaks reported ‘during choir practice, in restaurants or in fitness classes.’

“Church” faces criminal charges after selling bleach as COVID-19 cure

News.Law - July 10, 2020
Criminal charges were unsealed against the leadership of “Genesis II Church of Health and Healing,” allegedly a family business of sorts that, according to authorities, sold a half-million dollars in “Miracle Mineral Solution” products to their devoted followers over the past year.

Friday round-up - July 10, 2020