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  • Senate Majority Leader Announces Draft Legislation to Decriminalize Cannabis on the Federal Level

    July 21, 2021

    Although more than half of the states in America have decriminalized marijuana at some level, with eighteen states fully legalizing recreational use of marijuana, cannabis remains illegal on the federal level, classified as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Last week, Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, reported that he plans to introduce […]

  • Governor Whitmer Enacts Changes to State Definitions of “Marijuana” and “THC” to Include Synthetic Derivatives

    July 14, 2021

    The use of so-called “synthetic marijuana” products, particularly by those not old enough to purchase “real” marijuana from licensed and regulated cannabis businesses in Michigan, has been a source of major concern among law enforcement, regulators, and legitimate cannabis businesses who see business stolen away by those who have skirted existing statutes by exploiting what […]

  • Rhoades McKee’s Commercial Litigation Work Ranked By Chambers and Partners

    July 13, 2021

    Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that its Commercial Litigation Team is again ranked by Chambers and Partners for its representative work for 2021.  Rhoades McKee is among only 11 other Michigan law firms ranked. According to Chambers, Rhoades McKee’s team is known as a “Grand Rapids-centered litigation group focusing on financial and accounting disputes, […]

  • The Death of the Non-Compete Agreement?

    July 13, 2021

    President Biden made a big splash last week with an Executive Order announcing steps to restrict or limit non-competition agreements which are prevalent in the private sector. According to the Fact Sheet issued by the White House, roughly half of all private sector businesses require at least some employees to enter non-compete agreements, affecting some […]

  • Rhoades McKee Welcomes Mark Greidanus

    June 8, 2021

    Mark Greidanus joins Rhoades McKee as an Associate and member of the Litigation Practice Group. Greidanus concentrates his practice representing clients in state and federal courts, with a focus on complex commercial litigation and construction litigation. His experience includes representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of actions, such as real estate and zoning […]

  • Penalizing the Aggressor: The First-Breach Defense Under Michigan Law

    June 7, 2021

    You see it in sports all the time.  Two players get into a heated exchange, one pushes the other, who then retaliates by pushing back even harder.  The referee, however, only sees the second push, and so the retaliator and his team get penalized, and the instigator walks back to their sideline with a grin […]

  • A Quick Guide to Vaccination Cards and Vaccine Incentives

    May 10, 2021

    As the State of Michigan turns toward lifting COVID-19 related restrictions that have precluded most office work and have limited the density of crowds allowed at bars, restaurants, gyms, and other public venues, many employers are wrestling with how to move forward in a way that is safe for both their employees and clients while […]

  • THE NEW COBRA SUBSIDY PROGRAM: Employer Notice and Payment Obligations

    April 9, 2021

    The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”) contains an important provision affecting all private employers with 20 or more employees (and all Michigan governmental employers) that sponsor employee health insurance plans.  Below we very briefly summarize essential aspects of the new law and its most immediate impact on the obligations of employers and COBRA […]

  • Rhoades McKee Welcomes Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, and Special Needs Planning Attorney Katie Hogan Aguilar

    April 5, 2021

    The law firm of Rhoades McKee welcomes Katie Hogan Aguilar as shareholder and member of the Estate Planning and Administration Practice Group. In addition, Aguilar brings a new service line to Rhoades McKee – Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, and Special Needs Planning. Aguilar creates estate plans of all types – from those with estate tax […]

  • Bevins and Rhoades Named as Creditor’s Rights Practice Co-Chairs

    March 8, 2021

    Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that David Bevins and Peter Rhoades have been named as Co-Chairs of the Creditor’s Rights Legal Team. As Co-Chairs, Bevins and Rhoades are responsible for guiding practice development and overseeing the delivery of legal services to financial institutions. David Bevins As a commercial counselor and litigation attorney, Bevins assists […]

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