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Municipal Law News

December 7, 2021

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   Flying a Drone at Sunset   

Michigan Court of Appeals Holds Drone Surveillance a Search Under Fourth Amendment

Kaitlyn E. Manley

A recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision held that the government’s use of drone surveillance over private property constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and is therefore subject to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement...

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   Wind Turbines in Field   

Municipality Wind Turbine Tax Revenue at Risk as Utilities Continue to Press Tax Appeals

Thomas K. Dillon

Wind power can offer economic benefits to Michigan municipalities who authorize wind farm development, while also helping to improve the environment. Among the potential benefits include new jobs as well as more tax revenue for schools and roads.

However, many communities throughout Michigan are mired in legal challenges due to changes made to the formula for taxing wind turbines over the last decade...

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Sixth Circuit Rejects Michigan Lawmakers’ Challenge to State’s Term Limits Law

Cody A. Mott

On November 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge brought forward by a bipartisan group of Michigan state legislators arguing that their state’s term limits violate their constitutional rights...

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   Reading Awful News   

Bankruptcy Notices: All is Not Lost - How to Get Money Out of a Bankruptcy?

Patricia J. Scott

Have you ever received a bankruptcy notice in the mail from a customer or someone you are under contract with and thought "Well that's it, I'm never going to see any more money." Your first instinct is to throw in the towel.

All is not lost. In the following video, Foster Swift bankruptcy practice leader Patricia Scott explains what can be remedied in a bankruptcy depending on the situation by identifying:

  1. Who filed bankruptcy? Was it the individual you are in contact with, what it the business or was it both?
  2. What chapter was filed?

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Foster Swift to Participate in Mansfield Rule Program Focused on Diversity in Leadership

Foster Swift Collins & Smith will be one of 70-plus law firms participating in the Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification program.

This program was established by the Diversity Lab (an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in the law) with the goal to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these positions.

The Mansfield Rule Certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions...

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Russell Discusses Implications of Massive Marijuana Recall Lawsuit

CBS News

Foster Swift litigation attorney David Russell was quoted in an article in CBS News about what is considered to be the largest Michigan cannabis recall ever. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) recently issued a recall for all marijuana products, besides inhaled cannabis concentrate, assessed by testing facilities Viridis Laboratories and Viridis North between August 10 and November 16, 2021. 

Viridis filed a lawsuit against the Michigan's marijuana regulatory agency. The recall issued impacts more than 400 sales locations throughout Michigan and represents an estimated $229 million in cannabis products, according to the lawsuit. 

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