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Utility Companies May Install “Smart Meters” on Customer Property Without Permission

Last week’s Michigan Court of Appeals decision in Stenman v. Stenman, Docket Number 321203, provides a cautionary tale: You do not always have absolute control over your own property. In Stenman, the court recognized the broad authority of a public utility…

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Can a Court Hold Non-Party Children in Civil Contempt?

I believe it would be beneficial to shed some additional light, not that there isn’t enough attention on this case already, as to how we arrived at today’s juncture. Dr. Tsimhoni sought counsel from attorney Lisa Stern on a very…

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Hertz Schram PC Obtains $6.25 Million Settlement for Largest Inland Oil Spill Case

In July of 2010, an oil pipeline operated by Enbridge LP and related companies (Enbridge) ruptured, spilling almost 1 million gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. The spill is the largest inland oil release…

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Lawyers Join Detroit’s Rising Tide of Entrepreneurial Energy

Recently, I’ve read a few articles about how entrepreneurship is losing its cachet among millennials. Really? I guess the authors of these articles have missed a real “boots on the ground” story in Detroit. I can attest that the…

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Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Has Critical Impact on Michigan Workers and Employers

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Obergefell et al. V. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al. pertaining to 14 same sex couples and two male same sex partners, now deceased, who…

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A Dangerous Twist: Beware of Injuries Caused by Chiropractic Manipulation

A study released earlier this year by physicians at Baylor University Medical Center highlighted the risk of injury to vertebral arteries from chiropractic manipulation of the neck. The damage to the blood vessels can lead to disastrous strokes and…

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Evidentiary Issues In Overtime Claims: A Cautionary Tale

A CAUTIONARY TALE: AN EMPLOYEE WHO PRESENTS NO OTHER EVIDENCE OTHER THAN HIS TESTIMONY CONTRADICTING THE EMPLOYER’S TIMESHEETS AND PAY STUBS CREATES A GENUINE ISSUE OF FACT ALLOWING THE OVERTIME CLAIM TO PROCEED TO A JURY The Sixth Circuit’s…

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Judge Edward Sosnick (Ret.) Joins Hertz Schram In Of Counsel Role

Judge Edward Sosnick (Ret), who is Of Counsel to Hertz Schram PC, focuses his practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution, including formal and informal arbitration, mediation, and facilitation. Judge Sosnick was an Oakland County…

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Recent Sixth Circuit Decision Expands the Scope of “Protected Activity” Under Title VII Discrimination and May Lead to a “New Breed” of Cases

In a case entitled EEOC v New Breed Logistics, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s denial of the defendant-employer’s motions for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial following the jury’s determination that…

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Howard Hertz and Joe Bellanca Help Kick Off World IP Day

On April 23, 2015, Hertz Schram’s entertainment and intellectual property team of Howard Hertz and Joe Bellanca helped kick off World IP Day celebrations in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. This…

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