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  • Michigan Supreme Court Vacates Prior Order Granting Leave to Appeal and Leaves the Issue of Damages for Negotiated Insurance Discounts to the Legislature

    July 14, 2016

    (July 14, 2016) Michigan Supreme Court vacates prior order granting leave to appeal in case involving the impact of negotiated insurance discounts on a plaintiff’s recovery of damages. Unless the Legislature takes action, plaintiffs will be permitted to admit and recover the entire billed amount of medical expenses even if the medical providers accepted a lower […]

  • Rhoades McKee Welcomes Alvin Storrs

    July 11, 2016

    (July 11, 2016)  Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that Alvin Storrs has joined the firm as a summer associate. Storrs currently attends Vanderbilt University Law School where he anticipates receiving a Juris Doctor in May 2018. His prior work experience includes working as an Underwriter for United Wholesale Mortgage and as a Purchase Banker […]

  • Court of Appeals Rules on Parenting Rights for Unmarried Same-Sex Couples

    July 11, 2016

    A July 5, 2016 decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals will affect unmarried same-sex couples. In Lake v Putnam, the court rejected a claim for custody and parenting time made by the former same-sex partner of the child’s biological mother, where the parties had been in a relationship for 13 years, the child was conceived […]

  • A sidebar with…Martin W. Buschle

    June 27, 2016

    “As a litigator, Martin W. Buschle is used to fighting for his clients in court. But three years ago, the Rhoades McKee partner had to do his best to be vigilant while his wife Pamela was doing a different kind of fighting.”

  • You Ask, We Answer.

    June 16, 2016

    Q: I run a nonprofit organization. We pay our managers a salary, but most of them do not meet the new salary basis requirements published by the Department of Labor. What do I do? A: Depending on the details of your organization, as well as the details of the work performed by your employees, the […]

  • Michigan Supreme Court Addresses Admissibility of Expert Standard of Care Opinions and Qualification of Expert Witness in Medical Malpractice Action

    June 14, 2016

    On June 6, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court released its unanimous opinion in Rock v Crocker (Docket No. 150719).  In this opinion authored by Justice Bernstein, the Supreme Court addressed two issues in the context of a medical malpractice action:  (1) the admissibility of testimony by the plaintiff’s expert witness that the defendant physician breached […]

  • Rhoades McKee Named a 2016 Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA

    June 9, 2016

    (June 9, 2016) Chambers and Partners have recognized Rhoades McKee for its Commercial Litigation work in Michigan. Ranking the best lawyers since 1990, Chambers and Partners employs 150 full-time editors and researchers to evaluate law firms across the United States. The directory contains a detailed editorial describing the ranked firms, details of their recent work, […]

  • To Protect Assets Upon Death, TOD’s the name

    June 6, 2016

    “Generally, assets titled solely in your name, with no joint owner and no associated beneficiary designation, will be subject to probate when you pass away. The main categories of assets that avoid probate are:

  • Jury Awards Damages and Sends a Message to an Unclaimed Property Firm

    May 19, 2016

    (May 19, 2016) Without our client’s authorization, Unclaimed Property Recovery & Reporting, LLC and UPRR Securities, LLC (“UPRR”) exchanged 247,000 shares of our client’s stock in a company called JDS Uniphase, Corp., for 30,850 new shares. They also, again without the client’s authorization, sold 5,326 of those new shares for $64,391.34, pocketing $55,991.81 of the […]

  • Michigan Supreme Court Recognizes Municipalities’ Right to Adopt Local Prevailing Wage Ordinances

    May 18, 2016

    On May 17, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in Associated Builders and Contractors v City of Lansing that local municipalities have the right to adopt local ordinances that govern the wages paid to third-party employees working on municipal construction contracts. The Court’s ruling overturned a nearly 100 year old case which had been used […]

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