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Municipal Law News

December 26, 2023

In this issue:



   Wind Energy Facility   

Whitmer Signs Energy Bills, Restricting Facilities

Courtney G. Agrusa

On November 28, 2023, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 5120 and House Bill 5121 as part of Michigan’s clean energy initiative to combat climate change. The passage of these bills allows the Michigan Public Service Commission (“MPSC”) to expedite the permitting process for wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage facilities with utility-scale electric generating capacity seeking to construct an energy facility.

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   Commercial Lease Agreement   

Important Q&A for Commercial Tenants Whose Landlords Seek Bankruptcy

Scott H. Hogan

In the wake of the pandemic, and its impacts on how and where employees work and how businesses use their leased properties, bankruptcy courts have seen a dramatic rise in the number of commercial landlords seeking bankruptcy protection from creditors.

If a commercial landlord files for bankruptcy, tenants of the bankrupt landlord will face a series of immediate issues, the resolution of which can significantly impact the tenant’s present and future business...

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   2024 Checklist   

Checklist for Businesses

Amanda J. Dernovshek and Lindsey M. Mead

The following is a checklist of matters that businesses should address going into 2024 including:

  • Meeting with tax advisors
  • Preparing for the upcoming Corporate Transparency Act
  • Monitoring your intellectual property
  • Yearly gifts and charitable donations...

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   Teenager Texting While Driving   

Are You Prepared? New Video Series Exposes Potentially Devastating Legal Challenges for Young Adults & Their Families

If your 18-year-old child is badly injured in a car accident, do you have the paperwork you need to talk with doctors about their medical condition?

As the holiday season draws to its conclusion, the attorneys at Foster Swift encourage families to make this traditional time of reflection—a time for action. To empower people to take proactive steps, the firm launched an informative video series aimed at demystifying pressing legal concerns for both college students and their parents, paving the way for a safer and more informed academic journey ahead...

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12 Attorneys Join Foster Swift

The following announcement was picked up in a feature article from the Lansing State Journal: Loomis law firm to dissolve; most of its staff will join other firm.

On November 27, Foster Swift welcomed 12 attorneys from Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C. to the firm, along with four paralegals and four support staff.  

This strategic addition gives Foster Swift more than 100 attorneys across the state, including 50 in downtown Lansing, with shared values and extensive expertise in providing legal counsel to businesses, municipalities, non-profits and individuals.

Among the attorneys affiliated with the Administrative & Municipal practice group include:




What Employers Need to Know for 2024

On October 12, members of the Labor & Employment law practice group hosted a webinar that was very well-received and discussed various topics that employers need to know going into 2024. Here are the video links to the individual sessions:







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