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News From The Courtroom

April 20, 2012 /  Written by Peter Gojcaj

Shareholder Claims Victor Veprauskas and Frank Galgan, partners in the business law group, recently structured a $3 million client settlement in Oakland County Circuit Court. The remaining shareholder claims involved a publicly-traded company and included witnesses from China, Hong Kong, India, New York and Michigan over a two-week period. Wrongful Discharge Claim Keith Jablonski and […]

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Trade Secrets Protected by Michigan Court of Appeals

April 10, 2012 / Written by Peter Gojcaj

By Peter Gojcaj In a decision reinforcing the strength of the Michigan Uniform Trade Secrets Act (MUTSA), the Michigan Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court decision enjoining an individual for three years from being employed by his former employer’s competitor, despite the absence of a “non-compete” agreement. Enacted in 1999, MUTSA gives trial […]

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News From The Courtroom

April 10, 2012 / Uncategorized

Commercial Insurance Benefits Rewarded Mike Gibbons and Peter Gojcaj recently won a six figure judgment on behalf of a business client against its insurance company. The insurer refused to pay the benefit due after a loss covered by the client’s commercial liability insurance policy, requiring the client to pursue payment in court. Unjust Enrichment Case […]

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Matt’s Safe School Law

March 28, 2012 / 2012 Winter, Municipal Law,Written by Mike Gibbons

Anti-Bullying Law Requires School Policy by June Under Matt’s Safe School Law, HB 4163, public, charter and Intermediate school districts will have six months from the law’s effective date to adopt anti-bullying policies. Michigan was one of only three states without an anti-bullying law before this legislation was enacted in early December 2011. Controversial language […]

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Is Your Liability Waiver Unenforceable?

March 23, 2012 / Written by Peter Gojcaj

Toss out the liability waivers and replace them with an increased insurance policy? According to a recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court, the traditional pre-injury liability waiver, signed by parents to allow their child’s participation in a range of activities, will no longer hold up in court. Although the liability waiver has long been […]

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News From The Courtroom

March 23, 2012 / Uncategorized, Written by Peter Gojcaj

School Law Peter Gojcaj and Michael Gibbons prevailed for their client, a public employer, in an arbitration claim filed by an employee asserting violations of an employment agreement. Commercial Property Keith Jablonski recently succeeded in obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit brought by a contractor against our client, a commercial property owner. The […]

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Police Department Training Update

March 23, 2012 / in 2011 Winter, Municipal Law

Self-Defense Chemical Spray Law Amended Michigan police departments should be aware of a very subtle, yet significant, change in the law related to self-defense chemical spray. An amendment to Michigan Compiled Law Section 750.244d was signed into law on December 22, 2010 by former Governor Granholm. The amendment allows for a higher concentration of oleoresin […]

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News From The Firm

March 23, 2012 / in 2011 Winter, Municipal Law

Beier Howlett is now on facebook! For regular updates, news and information from the firm, we invite you to “Like” us on our facebook page. After serving for more than four decades on the bench of the Oakland County Probate Court, the Honorable Eugene Arthur Moore (left) will return to our firm as an attorney […]

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Ban On Texting While Driving

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 spring, Municipal Law

Police departments and communities struggle with training and enforcement On April 30th, Governor Granholm signed into law a ban on texting while driving, making Michigan the 23rd state to enact such a ban. Michigan police have until July 1, 2010, when the law takes effect, to interpret the implications of the new law and train […]

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Michigan Supreme Court “Trips-Up” 2-Inch City Sidewalk Rule

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 spring, Municipal Law, Written by Mike Salhaney

When someone sues a city or village claiming that they tripped and fell on a defective section of sidewalk, cities and villages have been able to defend themselves by demonstrating that the alleged defect was less than 2 inches in height, depth and/or width. The Governmental Tort Liability Act contains language that it is a […]

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