Downtown Building
19 December 2017

Why Real Estate Brokers Are Important

In this podcast, Miller Johnson Real Estate Attorneys Eric Starck, Jim Ens and Matt Van Dyk discuss the important role of the real estate broker in both leasing space and buying or selling a property.  Our attorneys regularly recommend the parties have a broker for a variety of reasons including both sides being better informed, […]

2018 in Cybersecurity
14 December 2017

Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for in 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, the Miller Johnson Privacy & Cybersecurity team takes a moment to reflect on the past year to help predict cybersecurity trends in 2018. In 2017, our clients experienced an unprecedented number of cyber-incidents and data breaches. Our small to medium-sized business clients were impacted most. These attacks coincided with […]

Signing Documents
05 December 2017

Off the Record – Failing to Record a Deed

Attorneys Rachel Hillegonds, Grant Schertzing and JJ Henn discuss the rules regarding recording a property deed.  Topics include the Michigan Recording Act, bonafide purchasers, valuable consideration, constructive notice, putting third parties on notice of property interest, requirements of recording documents, and much more.

Cyber Insurance
30 November 2017

Privacy and Cybersecurity 101: Buying Cybersec...

With Uber joining Equifax, JP Morgan, Target and others as the latest victim of a high-profile data breach, all companies should be evaluating how they can protect themselves from data breaches and the fallout.  Over the past month, we have covered how to encrypt your laptop and covered how to send secure emails.  Even if […]

Title Insurance
21 November 2017

Title Insurance Misconceptions

Mathew Van Dyk, Grant Schertzing, and Rachel Hillegonds discuss common title insurance misconceptions, title commitments, how to view title insurance generally, and as well as what title insurance does and does not do for a buyer or seller. Ways to listen to podcast for free iPhone/iPad: Tap link to subscribe to podcast with Apple Podcasts app Android: Tap […]

Email Encryption
16 November 2017

Privacy and Cybersecurity 101: How to Send Secu...

Regular email, without some form of added security such as encryption, is not secure.  By that we mean when you use Outlook or Gmail to send an email to another person, unless you have deliberately added a layer of security (e.g., encryption and/or password protection), that email is not secure. Email was not designed with […]

09 November 2017

Privacy and Cybersecurity 101: How to Encrypt ...

Last week we told you about the $2.5 million laptop.  What if we told you that fine could have been avoided with one, simple step?  That’s right there would have been no data breach and no $2.5 million fine if the stolen laptop had been encrypted. In this post, we’ll discuss encryption basics, including how […]

Vapor Instrusion
07 November 2017

What Businesses Need to Know About Vapor Intrusion

In the latest episode of the Real Estate Podcast Alan Schwartz, Cindy Ortega and Grant Schertzing discuss how vapor intrusion risks can affect the use and sale of contaminated properties.   Volatile Organic Chemicals (“VOCs”) contaminating soil or groundwater can give off gases, or vapors, that are dangerous for people to inhale.  In the last 5 […]

Typing at a laptop
02 November 2017

$2.5 Million is an Expensive Laptop!

In April 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced yet another HIPAA settlement agreement with a health care provider relating to a stolen mobile device containing Protected Health Information (“PHI”).  As part of this settlement agreement, CardioNet agreed to pay $2.5 million and implement a corrective action plan resulting from the […]

Office Building with Blue Sky
24 October 2017

Big Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating a Commer...

In the current episode, listen to Miller Johnson real estate attorneys Jim Ens, Eric Starck, and Matt VanDyk discuss the pitfalls and mistakes parties make when negotiating a commercial lease agreement from both the tenant and landlord perspectives. Topics discussed include the many ways to set up guaranties, obligations of the parties, monetary and non-monetary […]