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  • Cook and High Offer Tips to Simplify Legal Writing

    Labor and Employment Lawnotes

    Winter 2023

  • A Close Friendship Is Not Enough to Maintain a “Third-Party” Retaliation Claim

    Michigan Ruling on Third-Party Retaliation Claims

    January 18, 2023

    A recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision makes training on third-party retaliation issues imperative, and employers should revise their retaliation policies to ensure the definition of retaliation in their handbooks is broad enough to encompass any retaliatory actions taken against third parties who are not complainants.

  • Labor and Employment Lawnotes Publishes Cook and High on the Use of Contractions

    State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Lawnotes

    October 3, 2022, Fall Edition

  • American Data Privacy and Protection Act: Are We Finally Getting Federal Data Privacy Protection?

    American Data Privacy and Protection Act

    September 21, 2022

    Although the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has progressed the American Data Privacy and Protection Act to the House after it proposed changes, the Act probably will remain at a stand-still due to elections, but ADPPA likely will be a priority once a new Congress assembles.

  • Sexual Orientation Is Protected under Michigan’s Civil Rights Law

    Sexual Orientation Protected under Michigan’s Civil Right Law

    August 3, 2022

    The Michigan Supreme Court has placed the state’s civil rights law on par with its federal counterpart Title VII and protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Court ruled that a person’s sexual orientation necessarily implies conclusions about their sex, and so “it is impossible to discriminate against a person for their sexual orientation without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”

  • Michigan Court of Appeals: Pandemic-Related Trial Protocols Did Not Deprive Plaintiff of a Fair Trial

    Pandemic-Related Trial Protocols Do Not Deny Plaintiff a Fair Trial

    July 15, 2022

    During the pandemic, trial courts were forced to implement protocols to ensure the safety of jurors and everyone else participating in trials. The Michigan Court of Appeals recently concluded that those precautions did not deny a plaintiff in a civil case a fair trial.

  • Sixth Circuit Affirms First Amendment Protections for University Professor Refusing to Use Transgender Pronouns

    Sixth Circuit Affirms First Amendment Protections for University Professor Refusing to Use Transgender Pronouns

    June 30, 2022

    Nicholas Meriwether, a university philosophy professor, referred to a student, Jane Doe, as sir instead of using a feminine pronoun. According to Meriwether, no one would assume Doe was a female based on Doe’s outward appearance. Doe demanded that Meriwether use feminine pronouns when he addressed her. Meriwether believed his religious beliefs “prevented him from communicating messages about gender identity that he believes are false.”

  • Michigan Court of Appeals Upholds Block Billing – If Entries Are Adequately Detailed

    The “Case” for Block Billing by Law Firms

    June 21, 2022

    When it comes to billing, most law firm clients despise and forbid block billing, the practice of assigning a one-time entry for multiple tasks. The Michigan Court of Appeals, however, recently upheld the use of block billing – with the caveat that time entries must be “adequately detailed.”
  • COVID-19 Business Income Losses Are Not Covered by Insurance Under Michigan Law

    COVID-19 Business Income Losses Not Covered in Michigan

    March 11, 2022

    Two courts applying Michigan law – one state court and one federal court – recently ruled, within weeks of one another, that the losses suffered by restaurants as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s executive orders were not covered by their commercial insurance policies.
  • 2022 Offers of Judgement: Being Proactive on Both Sides

    Michigan Eliminates Case Evaluation Requirement for Tort Cases in All Courts

    January 7, 2022

    In December 2021, the Michigan Supreme Court announced changes to the case evaluation process to take effect on January 1, 2022. Although the former process had support from a majority of trial court judges, it lost favor with practicing attorneys, partly due to elongated disposition times. Accordingly, the 2022 changes to the case evaluation process will likely awaken the power of Michigan’s Offers of Judgment rule.

  • Michigan’s New Cannabis Liability Insurance Requirements Raise Concerns by Licensees, Insurers

    Michigan’s New Cannabis Liability Insurance Requirements

    January 5, 2022

    Michigan has adopted new legislation that unintentionally may make Michigan cannabis companies and their insurers scramble to determine how to comply with onerous regulations around mandatory product liability insurance. Legislating insurance requirements in a highly regulated and evolving industry characterized by unknown risks should happen only when all stakeholders have been heard.
  • High Authors Article on Employment Contract Breach in State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Lawnotes

    Labor and Employment Lawnotes, State Bar of Michigan

    October 27, 2021

  • New York City Introduces Biometric Identifier Information Act

    New York City Biometric Identifier Information Act

    August 18, 2021

    Following in the footsteps of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, the City of New York has enacted its own Biometric Identifier Information Act. Like its root, this new law is designed to protect and limit the use of consumers’ biometric data, which is highly personal and irreplaceable. Companies that fail to adhere to the new law may be subject to lawsuits and sizeable statutory damages.

  • Workers’ Compensation Liability & COVID-19: A Comparative Law Review

    September 24, 2020

    Wilson Elser attorneys present the current statutory framework, recent changes to the law in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • Two Democrat Governors Walk Back COVID-19 Liability Protections for Health Care Workers

    COVID-19 Liability Protections for Health Care Workers

    September 8, 2020

    In August 2020, New York’s governor signed legislation that refined immunity for health care workers during the COVID-19 state of emergency. At the same time, Michigan’s governor vetoed a bill that would have revived her Executive Order extending such immunity until January 1, 2021. Health care providers in both New York and Michigan are advised to continue to provide prudent care because they cannot bank on any protection from COVID-19 immunity laws.

  • The Hub: Transportation News & Insights

    Quarterly Digest from Wilson Elser’s Transporation Practice

    December 2017

  • The Hub: Transportation News & Insights

    Quarterly Digest from Wilson Elser’s Transporation Practice

    September 2017