Courts

AG fights Trump rule allowing ‘bomb trains’ of explosive liquefied gas

BY: - August 23, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that she has joined a coalition of 14 other AGs in urging a federal court to review a new rule that would allow highly explosive materials to be transported by rail across the country. The petition, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, […]

Labor advocates file in support of order requiring COVID-19 tests for migrant workers

BY: - August 21, 2020

A coalition of worker advocates, unions, community organizations and health experts have filed an amicus brief in support of a state order requiring COVID-19 tests for Michigan’s migrant worker population, as the state’s agriculture lobby pursues a legal challenge to strike down the order as a civil rights infringement. “Plaintiffs’ effort to discern some sort […]

Court of Appeals upholds Whitmer’s emergency powers in 2-1 decision

BY: - August 21, 2020

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 2-1 in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s favor in a lawsuit led by Republican state legislators, who have sought to strip away the emergency powers she has used to make decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The case is likely to be appealed and next go to the Michigan Supreme […]

Michigan sues firefighting foam manufacturers over PFAS contaminants

BY: - August 21, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday filed two complaints against makers of PFAS-containing firefighting foam that her office says contaminated Michigan’s environment. The two lawsuits, filed in state and federal courts, follow up on a similar lawsuit Nessel filed in January against 3M, DuPont and a number of other chemical manufacturers. Nessel says toxic […]

Michigan says $600M will be used to settle some Flint water crisis lawsuits 

BY: - August 20, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Thursday that the state is making a preliminary $600 million settlement with Flint residents who were adversely affected when the city’s water source was switched in 2014. Six years ago, while under state emergency management during the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration, the city […]

New: Appeals Court dismisses lawsuit to stop anti-Whitmer petition, appeal planned

BY: - August 19, 2020

A lawsuit challenging the Board of State Canvassers’ approval of a right-wing ballot petition drive was dismissed Monday by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The “Keep Michigan Safe” committee, headed by former Republican state Sen. and U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, with legal counsel from attorney and former Michigan Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer, had filed […]

Michigan argues in court DeVos pulled a ‘reverse Robin Hood’ on COVID-19 school funding

BY: - August 19, 2020

Oral arguments took place Tuesday for a lawsuit led by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, with attorneys for the former arguing the latter’s requirement for K-12 public schools to split CARES Act relief funding with private schools is unlawful. The CARES Act passed in March by Congress stipulates that public […]

Michigan joins AGs in suing Trump admin. over postal changes

BY: - August 18, 2020

Michigan is one of 13 states filing a lawsuit on Tuesday against the federal government over recent “unlawful” changes to the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) operations that have led to widespread slowdowns in service and concerns about the impact on mail-in voting for the November election. The lawsuit is led by Washington state. The announcement […]

New: DNR finalizing review of Line 5 easement compliance

BY: - August 11, 2020

After nearly 14 months, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) appears to have wrapped up its intensive review of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s compliance with the key state agreement governing the controversial Line 5 dual oil pipeline. The contents of that review could unlock Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive ability to shut down the pipeline, […]

Study: Partial Line 5 shutdown has not impacted gas prices, despite Enbridge warnings

BY: - August 10, 2020

New research from a former Dow chemical engineer has found that, despite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s predictions otherwise, the continued partial shutdown of its Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac has so far not affected gas prices or supply in Michigan or Canada. “For a period of [52] days … there has been […]

Election officials beg Legislature for help with surge in absentee voting 

BY: - August 4, 2020

The novel coronavirus has already shaken up work, schools, travel, recreation and more. Now as Michigan’s primary election arrives Tuesday and pandemic-stricken America nears the November general election, the virus looks like it could wreak havoc on the process. In Michigan — where a little more than 2 million voters requested an absentee ballot for […]

Same-sex marriage has been legal for 5 years. State law is still outdated.

BY: - August 3, 2020

A large 54-bill package has been introduced in the House to repeal the legislative marriage equality bans and amend discriminatory gendered language. The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, but Michigan’s 2004-passed ban remains in the Constitution and state law. State House Minority Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) coordinated a group of […]