Courts

Tests show west leg of Line 5 pipeline isn’t damaged

BY: - July 9, 2020

Updated with comment from Oil & Water Don’t Mix, 3:49 p.m., 7/9/20 A court-ordered investigation on one of the dual Line 5 oil pipeline’s underwater segments found no indication of metal loss or deformation on an area of interest, according to court documents obtained by the Advance. Canadian oil company Enbridge had restarted the west […]

SCOTUS hands victories to religious groups in birth control, employment

BY: and - July 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the President Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Reproductive rights advocates say the ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands […]

Nessel sues DeVos for ‘unlawfully’ splitting COVID-19 funds between public, private schools

BY: - July 7, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday she is leading a coalition of attorneys general in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her rule requiring public and private schools to split federal funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, regardless of schools’ economic needs. “We cannot and will not sit […]

Anti-Line 5 activists buoyed by national pipeline victories

BY: - July 7, 2020

Indigenous activists and environmentalists scored two major victories over pipeline companies this week in quick succession. On Sunday, two major energy companies in Virginia and North Carolina announced that permitting delays, economic concerns and legal challenges have caused them to pull the plug on a $8 billion natural gas pipeline. The Atlantic Coast pipeline would […]

Nessel files brief in women’s rights case, pays homage to Griffiths, the ‘mother of the ERA’

BY: - July 7, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed an amicus brief in a case involving the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), Commonwealth of Virginia v Ferriero. The brief, which was filed on Thursday on behalf of the state of Michigan in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia circuit, supports three plaintiff states, Illinois, Nevada and […]

Here’s when two cases challenging Whitmer’s emergency powers will be decided

BY: - July 7, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court won’t hear a case that asks just how far Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority goes until after the state Court of Appeals weighs in.  The state’s highest court gave the Court of Appeals until Aug. 21 to make a decision in a case brought against Whitmer by the GOP-controlled state Legislature, […]

Nessel, AGs push back on Trump environmental cutbacks

BY: - July 6, 2020

Along with the attorneys general of 13 other states and the District of Columbia, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition urging President Donald Trump to rescind an order that accelerates infrastructure projects without full environmental scrutiny. The executive order allows federal agencies to adopt emergency regulations that hasten the environmental review process […]

Judge dismisses GOP suits against independent redistricting commission

BY: - July 6, 2020

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff on Monday dismissed two Republican lawsuits designed to upend the voter-approved constitutional amendment that established the Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.  “Michigan’s Constitution begins with, ‘All political power is inherent in the people.’ The courts have vindicated the people’s right to use our political power to take back our redistricting […]

Report: 827K Michiganders would lose health coverage if ACA is overturned

BY: - July 2, 2020

A repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could leave about 23.3 million Americans — including 827,000 Michigan residents — without health care coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report. Research from the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, looks at what could happen if the ACA is overturned in […]

Judge opens part of Line 5, orders investigation

BY: - July 1, 2020

One underwater segment of the controversial Line 5 pipeline will remain shut down Wednesday as another is allowed to restart, on orders from a circuit court judge that Canadian oil company Enbridge must conduct an investigation on that line and share its findings with the state. “Today’s Court decision allows the State to receive the […]

Line 5 still halted as judge deliberates

BY: - June 30, 2020

All 645 miles of Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline remain shut down Tuesday evening, after four and a half hours of oral arguments in Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit against the Canadian oil company did not end in a determination from Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo. Tuesday’s hearing hinged specifically on Nessel’s request […]

Enbridge: Boat anchor, wire cable may have caused Line 5 damage

BY: - June 29, 2020

Embattled Canadian oil company Enbridge has still not been able to determine how an anchor support holding up the east segment of the Line 5 pipeline was damaged, according to court documents submitted to the Ingham County Circuit Court Monday. Enbridge does, however, raise the possibility that a boat anchor caused the damage to the […]