• Commercial Litigation Team Shares Insight on 2017

    January 15, 2018

    Happy New Year! Our Commercial Litigation Team would like to say THANK YOU to the many accountants, financial advisors and other professionals for the confidence you show in our team by referring clients to us in the past year.  Our commercial litigation team has worked diligently to develop unique capabilities in finance, accounting, and business valuation, […]

  • Court of Appeals Publishes Opinion Impacting Use of Experts

    January 4, 2018

    The Michigan Court of Appeals recently published a new opinion clarifying expert qualification for nursing experts and the standard applicable to a request for permission to disclose a new expert following a ruling that the party’s timely disclosed expert is unqualified.  Cox v Hartman, ___ Mich App ___; ___NW2d ____ (2017) (Docket Nos 333849, 333994). […]

  • Take 2? Supreme Court Asked to Revisit Harrison

    December 20, 2017

    Harrison v Munson Hospital leaves the Court of Appeals for a second time on its way to the Supreme Court to possibly consider whether or to what extent peer-review documents can serve as a basis for attorney sanctions. The Supreme Court is once again being asked to address the question of whether a peer-review document […]

  • Holy Schneikes! I’ve Been Hacked. Now What?

    November 28, 2017

    As cybercrime becomes increasingly widespread, businesses should not only have a policy to reduce the likelihood of a cyber-intrusion, but also be prepared on how to respond if and when they are hacked. Advance preparation, including a response plan, can minimize the adverse effects and opportunity costs that are inherent in every data breach. There […]

  • New LUST Money Available to Fund Cleanups in Michigan

    November 2, 2017

    It’s a good time to move forward with leaking underground storage tank (LUST) cleanup work in Michigan.  Last week, a new law was enacted to create the Legacy Release Program (LRP) to reimburse eligible owners and operators for a portion of the cleanup costs for older, “legacy” releases. We have seen them many times: old […]

  • Court of Appeals Addresses a Plaintiff’s Ability to Pursue New Theories of Malpractice Not Included in the Plaintiff’s Notice of Intent

    October 31, 2017

    The Court of Appeals released a published opinion on October 24, 2017 addressing the analysis required by a trial court where the plaintiff’s experts in a medical malpractice action abandon the standard of care theories in the plaintiff’s notice of intent (NOI) and articulate entirely new standard of care theories not addressed in the notice […]

  • State Licensing Investigations

    October 30, 2017

    Who can file a complaint with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)? In Michigan, anyone can file a complaint with LARA against a nurse, physician, mental healthcare provider, or most other licensed professionals.  The complaint describes an alleged violation of the law or standard of care regarding a patient.  The complaint must […]

  • Health Professionals Recovery Program

    October 27, 2017

    What is the Health Professionals Recovery Program (HPRP)? The Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP) is a program designed to encourage healthcare professionals, including physicians or nurses who may suffer from substance abuse or mental health disorders, to seek help in a confidential and non-disciplinary process.  The HPRP is administered by a private contractor under the […]

  • Administrative Complaints, Compliance Conferences and Administrative Hearings

    October 24, 2017

    What is an administrative complaint? If an investigation by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) reveals information that LARA believes warrants a penalty, then LARA will proceed to file an administrative complaint against a healthcare provider.  Administrative complaints describe the alleged breach in the applicable standard of care or violation of Michigan law.  […]

  • PACA Contracts: Court Ruling Outlines Best Practices for Payment Terms

    October 3, 2017

    Sometimes growers and other sellers of perishable agricultural commodities (fruits and vegetables) lack attention to the details when it comes to their contracts. Many sales occur by way of handshake. While that process may be what is expected in your locality, growers and sellers in the Western District of Michigan are putting themselves in serious […]

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