the michigan business court blog


  • Business Court Weighs in on Employee vs. Independent Contractor Dispute Regarding Insurance Coverage

    September 13, 2016

    (September 13, 2016) There are a number of legal issues that can be triggered depending upon whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee. The Kent County Business Court recently addressed this issue in a somewhat unusual setting when it determined that a worker was an independent contractor of defendant, rather than an […]

  • Rhoades McKee Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers®

    September 6, 2016

    (September 6, 2016) Nine Rhoades McKee attorneys have been honored in the annual publication of Michigan Super Lawyers®. According to the website, Super Lawyers® is a rating service which recognizes outstanding lawyers through a peer recognition and evaluation process. Each attorney has been listed and recognized for inclusion in the following practice area: Bruce Courtade, […]

  • Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

    September 6, 2016

    5 Ways to a Messy Business Divorce (September 6, 2016) As business litigators, we routinely review corporate documents such as operating and shareholder agreements. Most times, those documents are signed with the best of intentions and when the owners are simply trying to make sure they are “on the same page.” But when a dispute […]

  • Labor Department’s Changes to Persuader Agreement Rules Have Uncertain Future

    September 6, 2016

    “Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) revised its rule concerning how “persuader activity” must be reported under the federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.”

  • How Well Do You Know Your Construction Job Site?

    September 6, 2016

    “In 1974, the Michigan Supreme Court created a significant exception to the common-law general rule that a general contractor or property owner may not be held liable for the negligence of its independent subcontractors and their employees.”

  • How to Attract Talent and Not Get Sued

    September 6, 2016

    Hosted By: The Employers’ Association West Michigan’s resurgent economy presents expanding opportunities for companies.  At the same time, with more jobs available than there are qualified employees to fill them, current employers need to understand how to protect themselves when their employees decide to take a new job with a competitor, and prospective employers need […]

  • Sixteen Rhoades McKee Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers® 2017

    August 19, 2016

    (August 19, 2016) Rhoades McKee congratulates the firm’s sixteen attorneys recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers of America®.  Published annually since 1983, Best Lawyers is based on a peer review survey in which 52,000 leading attorneys nominate other lawyers of distinction in their practice areas. The list below includes the attorneys selected and […]

  • Rhoades McKee Welcomes Business Attorney Hal Ostrow

    August 18, 2016

    (August 18, 2016) The law firm of Rhoades McKee welcomes Hal Ostrow as shareholder and member of the Business Practice Group. Ostrow concentrates his practice as counsel to numerous small and medium sized businesses, with an emphasis on software and design professionals. On a day to day basis, he assists clients in navigating matters ranging […]

  • Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Order Striking Plaintiff’s Sole Standard of Care Expert

    August 16, 2016

    (August 16, 2016) In a recent unanimous opinion in Walworth v Metropolitan Hospital, et al (Docket No. 327795), the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed Kent Court Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock’s order striking the plaintiff’s sole standard of care expert and dismissing the plaintiffs’ complaint shortly before trial.  Walworth involved the performance of a canaloplasty […]

  • Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Face-off Over Daubert Standards

    August 8, 2016

    (August 8, 2016) A face-off between the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court over Daubert standards leaves the medical malpractice community; practitioners and parties on all sides without a firm foundation as to how or when scientific literature may be used to pursue or fend off challenges to expert testimony. But, it may lead to […]

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