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Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
06 May 2022

EGLE Loses FOIA Exemption Case

Recently, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an unpublished decision in Jones Day v Dep’t of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.  The case revolved around a Freedom of Information Act request that EGLE had denied based on FOIA’s exemption for requests for information pertaining “to a civil action in which the requesting party and the […]

Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
03 December 2021

Court Upholds Redaction of Names from Public Re...

In a recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision, Richman v Ingham County, the court addressed a citizen’s assertion that the County violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Richman had requested records relative to a complaint against two County 911 dispatchers over the alleged misuse of the Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) system.  The County provided […]

18 November 2021

Sixth Circuit Vacates, Will Re-Hear MDHHS Mask ...

In August, a panel of the Sixth Circuit heard a challenge to the (now‑rescinded) MDHHS mask order requiring the use of masks in Michigan schools.  The Plaintiffs asserted a number of arguments, but their main contention was that the mandate violated their free exercise of religion.  The trial court refused to put in place an […]

12 October 2021

Miller Johnson’s Cannabis Law Practice De...

Miller Johnson has debuted Legal Weeds, a new video log introducing the firm’s Cannabis Law practice. This vlog series is the latest effort furthering Miller Johnson’s success in informing and educating businesses in the cannabis industry. Shoran Reid Williams and Joslin Monahan, co-chairs of Miller Johnson’s Cannabis Law practice, introduce the group’s services in the […]

Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
10 September 2021

Court of Appeals: No Case Against School in Tap...

In a recent unpublished decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned the decision of a trial court judge which would have allowed a student’s parents to pursue intentional and negligent tort claims against a school district, its superintendent, and a building principal.  The allegations animating the case were straightforward.  Abdul‑Sattar Dannaoui was a preschool student […]

27 August 2021

Sixth Circuit Ruling Suggests Mask Mandates Are...

On August 23, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the attempt of a Lansing nonpublic school, Resurrection School, and related individuals to challenge last school year’s MDHHS mask mandate.  The Plaintiffs attempted to enjoin further mask mandates in schools, citing alleged violations of constitutional entitlements to free exercise of religion, substantive due process, […]

25 August 2021

Can FMLA Apply To Someone Working Overtime? (&#...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey discuss Non-COVID FMLA questions that are popping up as workforces are stressed in our tight labor market. Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Google Podcasts: 

11 August 2021

How Pres Biden’s Executive Order Could Change N...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey discuss what changes could be in store for non-compete clauses in employment contracts. You can also listen to this and future episodes by subscribing to “The Lawyers Off the Clock” podcast on: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Google Podcasts:

05 August 2021

Reminder: Schools Must Display Suicide Preventi...

Last October, the Michigan Legislature passed the Save Our Students Act, which mandates certain requirements for school districts in an effort to prevent youth suicide and facilitate student access to supports. Included in the law is a requirement that, effective October 15, 2021, school districts that offer any of grades 6-12 and that issue identification […]