Company At Center Of Oil Leak Was Warned About Monitoring

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - (AP) A Canadian company whose pipeline leaked hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a major Michigan river was warned by government regulators in January that its monitoring of corrosion in the pipeline was insufficient. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline...

Law Center Prepares Lawsuit Over Mich. Oil Spill

MARSHALL, Mich. - (AP) A public interest law firm prepared Monday to sue the owners of a pipeline that ruptured in southern Michigan and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a Kalamazoo River tributary, while residents voiced concerns to government officials following a community meeting...

Government Sues 3 Biggest Credit Cards, Settles With 2

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Justice Department on Monday sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anticompetitive practices and reached a proposed settlement with two of them, MasterCard and Visa. "We want to put more money in consumers' pockets, and by eliminating credit card companies'...

Lemon Law Firm Kimmel & Silverman Expands To 4 New States

AMBLER, Pa. - Kimmel & Silverman, the oldest and largest automobile lemon law firm in the Northeast, is getting even larger. The Lemon Law Firm has announced its expansion into Wyoming, Tennessee, Michigan and Washington, D.C. Craig Kimmel and Robert Silverman started their Lemon Law Firm to fight...

Judge: Lawsuit Over Health Overhaul Can Go To Trial

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it's constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance. In a written ruling, U.S. District...

High Court To Look At Miranda Rights In Jail

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court will consider whether investigators must give a jail inmate his Miranda rights before questioning him on matters unrelated to what landed him behind bars. The justices on Monday said they will hear Michigan's appeal of a court ruling in favor of Randall...

Florida Judge Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Unconstitutional

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge on Jan. 31 struck down as unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and, finding that the provision is not severable, held that the entire act must be declared void ( State of Florida...

Michigan Drug Shield Dooms False Claims Act Lawsuit

TROY, Mich. - (Mealey's) Michigan's attempt to obtain reimbursement under its Medicaid False Claim Act (MFCA) for money spent on Vioxx was thwarted March 17 by the state's own pharmaceutical liability shield when the state's Second District Court of Appeals reversed a circuit court decision...

EPA Pursues Michigan's Largest Coal-Fired Plant

MONROE, Mich. - (AP) A Michigan utility spent $65 million last year replacing key parts at the state's largest coal-fired power plant. When regulators found out, they hauled the company into court for what it didn't do: Spend millions more at the same time to greatly eliminate air pollution....

Judge OKs $26.5 Million Water Contamination Settlement

ST. LOUIS, Mich. - (AP) A federal judge has approved a $26.5 million settlement for a central Michigan community whose water supply was contaminated by a chemical company in the 1950s and 1960s. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Ludington in Bay City signed an order approving the deal on Thursday....

Gay Student Sues Ex-Michigan Official Over Stalking

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - (AP) The openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan has sued a former assistant state attorney general on charges of stalking and causing emotional distress. The Detroit Free Press and AnnArbor.com reported Wednesday that Chris Armstrong filed the suit against...

Legal Foundation: Supreme Court Must Reverse Appeals Court Equal Protection Ruling

DENVER ­­- A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation on July 1 urged the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit invalidating a voter-approved ballot initiative barring discrimination by the State of Michigan on the...

Split 6th Circuit: Michigan Drug Shield Law Does Not Apply To Fentanyl Patch

CINCINNATI — (Mealey’s) A split Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 21 reversed dismissal of a fentanyl patch overdose lawsuit, saying the trial court needs to determine whether the patch is a combination product that is not preempted by Michigan’s drug preemption law ( Beth...

Michigan Federal Judge Is 6th To Strike Down Prohibition On Same-Sex Marriage In Wake Of United States v. Windsor

On March 21, Senior U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan struck down MCLS Const. Art. I, § 25 , an amendment to the Michigan Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage, Deboer v. Snyder, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37274 ( E.D. Mich. Mar...