- February 8, 2019
For many years it was debated and disputed whether an attorneys’ fee shifting clause in a non-compete agreement would actually be upheld.January 16, 2019Good News – There Might be a Section 301 Tariffs List 3 Product Exclusion Process. Bad News – But Only if the List 3 Tariffs Go Up to 25%.
Back in October, Senator Tim Kaine (D.Va) and 10 other Democratic Senators sent a letter to the USTR urging him to establish a product exclusion process for items covered by List 3 of the Section 301 tariffs similar to the processes already in place for products on Lists 1 and 2.January 16, 2019Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board expected to reopen the Michigan medical marihuana caregiver network
Today the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board is expected to reopen the Michigan medical marihuana caregiver network, allowing medical marihuana caregivers to continue supplying medical marihuana provisioning centers and temporary facilities not yet approved for licensing by the board.January 11, 2019
January is certainly the month for New Year’s resolutions. Anyone who has gone to his or her local gym or fitness center can certainly attest to that! But January is also a big month for New Year’s RESIGNATIONS.January 10, 2019
This month marks the one year anniversary of the beginning of President Trump’s tariffs wars. His announcement of “safeguard” tariffs on washing machines and solar panels that were largely aimed at goods from China, turned out to be only the first round of tariffs intended to address perceived trade imbalances globally.January 2, 2019Changes to the Michigan Construction Lien Act: What every professional in the construction industry needs to know to protect itself
On December 12, 2018, Public Act 367 of 2018 was enacted, amending the Michigan Construction Lien Act, MCL 570.1101 et seq. (“CLA”), to provide design professionals (i.e. licensed or registered architects, professional engineers, or professional surveyors) with specific lien rights and procedures for creating and perfecting those lien rights for professional services provided in the event that an owner of a project or a property does not proceed with actual physical construction of a project or actual physical improvement of a property.January 2, 2019United States Trade Representative Begins Issuing Product Exclusions for Section 301 Tariffs; Good News Whether or Not You Filed!
If you have a product covered by the 25% Section 301 tariffs imposed on Chinese goods in July of 2018 (List 1), the United States Trade Representative may have a belated holiday present for you. The newly published exclusions are available to any product that meets a description in the notice, whether or not you applied for a product exclusion in the fall of 2018.January 1, 2019
In an unpublished opinion in Forner v Township of Spring Lake, in which the Michigan Air Conditioning Contractors Association submitted an amicus curia brief, the Michigan Court of Appeals clarified apparent confusion over whether the Michigan 2015 Residential Construction Code requires sealing cold air returns.December 20, 2018
The Michigan Legislature approved a ballot initiative on September 5, 2018, called the “Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act,” which increased the minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective January 1, 2019, and over time, increasing the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by January 1, 2022.December 20, 2018
The State of Michigan recently unveiled the Universal Symbol of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Facilities Act and provided requirements in conjunction with usage of the Universal Symbol.December 19, 2018
Utah has joined a growing list of states to legalize marijuana. With the addition of Utah, thirty-three (33) states plus the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes.December 18, 2018The Clock is Ticking on Section 301: List Three Tariffs Increase to 25%; March 2, 2019, is the New Effective Date While Negotiations Continue
The United States Trade Representative published a formal notice in the 12/17/2018 Federal Register, “at the direction of the President”, postponing the previously announced increase in List 3 Section 301 tariffs from 10% to 25% until March 2, 2019.December 17, 2018
On September 5, 2018, the Michigan legislature enacted the “Earned Sick Time Act,” which generally requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, starting in March of 2019.December 5, 2018
It started with two California-based entrepreneurs looking to develop a satellite to enhance internet web access in Africa.December 3, 2018Internal Revenue Service Victorious in Denying Deduction of Business Expenses for Cannabis Dispensary
On November 29, 2018, the U.S. Tax Court once again ruled that a corporation engaged in the cannabis industry was not entitled to deduct ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in the operation of its day-to-day business operations.November 14, 2018
As competition within the global marketplace continues to intensify, there has never been a time when protecting your company’s trade secrets has been more important. Recent legal developments underscore that point.November 13, 2018
Despite the passage of laws in Michigan and 45 other states that have permitted or decriminalized the use of cannabis-related products for medical or recreational use or both, there remains an 800-pound gorilla known as the federal government that makes it a crime to manufacture, sell or possess marijuana.November 9, 2018Plaintiff’s civil RICO claim goes up in smoke in Colorado grower’s case, but the threat of future lawsuits remains
On October 31, 2018, a jury in a Colorado federal civil action returned a verdict against a real property owner on its RICO claim against an adjacent cannabis grow operation, concluding that the plaintiff failed to prove financial loss caused from odors emitted from the defendant’s grow operation.November 9, 2018Jump to Page
On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters passed a referendum which will make the recreational use and possession of marihuana legal under Michigan law. The law will take effect 10 days after the official election results are certified, which should occur sometime in early December 2018. The legalization of recreational use and possession of marihuana raises a number of practical and legal questions, but we will focus here on questions employers may have.November 8, 2018
Yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) storm water drainage fee is permissible and not a tax subject to voter approval under the Headlee Amendment.