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  • 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 […]

  • Jury Protects West Michigan Business With “No Cause” Verdict in Sales Commission Dispute

    May 6, 2016

    (May 11, 2016) Doing business “on your word” and with a hand shake is nothing new. Many businesses trust that those they do business with will treat them fairly and live up to their end of the deal. Unfortunately, that does not always happen and, when a dispute arises, it often comes down to a […]

  • Are Your Digital Assets Included in Your Estate Plan?

    May 2, 2016

    (May 3, 2016) For many of us life has changed drastically.  Although, if you are like me, the change has been slow, we must face the inevitable.  We used to pay bills by check through the USPS, receive hard copy bank statement in our mailbox, organize receipts in filing cabinets, and store photos in photo […]

  • Are Your Arbitration Provisions Enforceable?

    February 8, 2016

    (February 8, 2016) Arbitration is a form of alternative-dispute resolution where an arbitrator, as opposed to a court, decides the dispute between the parties.  Many businesses include arbitration provisions in their contracts, hoping to avoid the time and expense associated with litigating disputes in court. And, time and again, the Michigan Court of Appeals has […]

  • Obtaining Injunctive Relief in the Michigan Business Court: When Your Business Needs Immediate Court Action

    December 14, 2015

    (December 15, 2015) As the saying goes, “the wheels of justice grind slowly.” That often holds true in litigated matters, where cases sometimes take years to resolve. One purpose of creating Business Courts in Michigan is to provide those in the business community with a more flexible and efficient forum to resolve disputes. So far, […]

  • Piercing the Corporate Veil: Can You Be Held Individually Liable for Your Business’ Obligations?

    November 2, 2015

    (November 10, 2015) There are numerous reasons to operate a business in the form of a legal entity, such as a corporation or limited-liability company (“LLC”). Perhaps the most common reason is liability protection. By operating a business in the form of a corporation or LLC, the owners avoid personal liability, instead placing only the […]

  • A Home-Field Advantage: Protecting Your Business with Forum-Selection Provisions

    October 7, 2015

    (October 8, 2015) Doing business today often involves working with other businesses in different counties, states, and even countries. Indeed, the internet makes it especially easy to find the best, most cost-effective business partners, no matter where they are physically located. And while both businesses typically enter into the long-distance relationship with the best of […]

  • Can You Recover Attorney Fees in the Michigan Courts?

    September 7, 2015

    (September 1, 2015) Whether it’s the plaintiff walking into the office to discuss filing a lawsuit, or the defendant sitting down to discuss a recent complaint, a common question often pops up at that first meeting: how can I get the other side to pay for my legal expenses? And it’s a fair question, no doubt, […]

  • Important Lessons Regarding Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements from the Kent County Business Court

    August 7, 2015

    (August 3, 2015) Since his appointment to the Kent County Specialized Business Docket (“Business Court”), Judge Christopher Yates has issued multiple opinions regarding the enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation clauses. Those opinions provide important insight for any entity or individual seeking to enforce or avoid a non-competition or non-solicitation clause in the Business Court. For one, […]

  • Statutory Conversion: Recent Rulings Provide Clarity and Relief for Litigation Plaintiffs

    July 6, 2015

    (July 7, 2015) Statutory conversion (i.e., civil theft) under MCL § 600.2919a permits a plaintiff to sue a defendant for “converting property to [that] person’s own use.” It is an often-alleged claim by Michigan plaintiffs, and for good reason. A successful statutory conversion claim opens the door to recovering treble damages and legal fees, and with […]