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Municipal Law News

June 23, 2022

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   Hand Holding Gavel   

Litigation 101 - What Happens in a Lawsuit?

Mark T. Koerner

Litigation can cause anxiety for just about anyone, whether you are being sued, or you find yourself in a position where you have to sue someone else. A general understanding of the litigation process can help relieve some of that anxiety.

This article is a general outline of the litigation process in case you find yourself in a situation where you have been sued or you need to sue someone else.

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   Wage Folder   

Wage and Hour Law 101 for Employers

Cliff L. Hammond

Every employer and HR department has reviewed wage and hour laws, but even for the most experienced companies, a few common questions always come up.

  • How much do I have to pay?
  • What will wages look like in the next few years?
  • Does a bonus affect overtime?
  • What type of damages could I face if I don’t pay employees properly?
  • How do I stay out of the crosshairs of the government?

Some of the answers might not be as straightforward as you’d think. Below, we’ve put together some of the most important points on the basics of wage and hour laws and what employers need to know.

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Join Us For Upcoming Second Wednesday Litigation Series

July 13, 2022

In case you missed it, election law attorney Cody Mott discussed legal aspects of campaign donations, both from an individual and business perspective and other areas of campaign finance law on June 8. See the full discussion here.

It is important to educate yourself and your organization should the worst happen and a lawsuit is necessary. Join us for a three-part series as our Second Wednesday Morning Break virtual series focuses on litigation featuring a Foster Swift litigator: 

  • On July 13, Brandon Schumacher will discuss "what to do if you are thinking of suing someone". 
  • On August 10, Hilary Stafford will discuss "what to do if you have been sued". 
  • On September 14, Fred Dilley will discuss "alternative dispute resolution".

More details on each session to come. Registration for each of these events can be found at the following link:




Pot Co. Loses Case Against Mich. Township Over Licensing

Law 360

A Michigan federal judge Friday, June 3, tossed a lawsuit by a cannabis company that claimed a Michigan township's marijuana licensing scheme unlawfully and arbitrarily favored some applicants over others.

In his order, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington found that plaintiffs Green Stones Inc. and Jeffrey Yatooma did not allege an actual or imminent injury and therefore lacked standing to pursue their case.

Green Stones and Yatooma filed their complaint against Birch Run Township in April, claiming that some of the
town's criteria for awarding licenses, which it says are essential for a winning application, were incomprehensibly vague and immaterial and would prevent them from securing a winning score, despite the principals' years of experience in Michigan's medical marijuana industry.

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Bridging the Divide: 2022 MLA Conference

October 19-21, 2022

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) 2022 Annual Conference is back in-person in Port Huron, Michigan, at the Blue Water Convention Center. This year's conference focuses on how libraries are "Bridging the Divide".

The Michigan Library Association Annual Conference is the premier professional development and networking event for Michigan library staff. Each year hundreds of library staff and library supporters gather to network, celebrate achievements, learn best practices, share insights, discuss trends and advance the library profession. Plus, an exhibition allows library staff to connect with vendors and learn more about products and services available to libraries. 

See more details below.

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