Courts

Nessel calls for court-ordered emergency Line 5 shutdown

BY: - June 22, 2020

Updated with comment from Enbridge, 8:20 p.m., 6/22/20 Citing violations of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s longstanding agreement with Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday called for a judge to put an emergency halt to Enbridge’s operation of the controversial Line 5 pipeline. The motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction were filed […]

Court rejects rehearing of GOP cases to bar redistricting commission 

BY: - June 19, 2020

Republicans have challenged the constitutionality of Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied requests to rehear the cases en banc. A 13-member commission of Democrats, Republicans and independents is supposed to draw lines for congressional, state House and state Senate districts after the 2020 census, something that was […]

Supreme Court rejects Trump admin. challenge to DACA

BY: - June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday salvaged a President Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the President […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: How long will Michigan LGBTQs have to wait for full equality?

BY: - June 17, 2020

Amid the unfettered joy unleashed by this week’s surprise U.S. Supreme Court decision barring LGBTQ discrimination in federal law — thanks in great part to the late Michigan transgender activist, Aimee Stephens — was an uncomfortable realization. Because now the most conservative high court in modern history has managed to lap Michigan’s GOP-controlled Legislature in […]

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Mich. LGBTQ rights leaders prepare for next steps after SCOTUS ruling

BY: - June 16, 2020

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that established that individuals can’t legally be fired based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, Fair and Equal Michigan, an LGBTQ rights group, is considering its next steps.  “This ruling is great news for the LGBTQ+ community across the country,” Fair and Equal Michigan Campaign Co-Chair Trevor […]

SCOTUS ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

BY: and - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, […]

Michigan’s dam problem isn’t just in Midland — and it’s part of a larger infrastructure crisis

BY: - June 14, 2020

Michigan has a dam problem, as the Midland disaster has shown. We’re not alone — but the Great Lakes State faces unique challenges in remedying the issue. Across the country, dams are increasingly becoming a relic of America’s infrastructural past. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) estimates that the average age of the country’s […]

Court of Appeals rules Enbridge tunnel deal is constitutional

BY: - June 11, 2020

Updated with comment from Nessel’s office, 11:28 a.m., 6/12/20 In another legal win for Canadian oil company Enbridge, a Michigan Court of Appeals panel ruled Thursday that Enbridge’s plan to build a new tunnel-encased oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac is constitutional.  Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a legal opinion last year that it […]

The ‘right to read’ lawsuit is closed, literacy not considered a constitutional right

BY: - June 11, 2020

After a long battle to ensure students have a constitutional right to a basic minimum education and a settlement from the state, the historic “right to read” lawsuit has been dropped and the case dismissed without setting a precedent. The “right to read” lawsuit, Gary B. v. Whitmer, which originally was filed against then-Gov. Rick […]

Judge extends deadline for LGBTQ ballot initiative signatures

BY: - June 11, 2020

A state judge on Wednesday granted an LGBTQ rights group’s petition drive extra days to collect the necessary signatures to put their question on a ballot — just not the one in November. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled Michigan’s stay-home orders — including one recently rescinded by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — interfered with […]

Republican sues Michigan to purge voter rolls, SOS says suit uses old data

BY: - June 10, 2020

Michigan’s election officials are being sued in federal court for failing to “clean up the state’s voter rolls,” according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Grand Rapids. The Republican activist who filed the lawsuit, Tony Daunt, alleges that Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has not done enough to purge ineligible voters and other irregularities […]

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State launches lawsuit against Midland dam owner, claims company ‘ignored’ regulators for 14 years

BY: - June 9, 2020

The state of Michigan is suing Boyce Hydro, the private owner of the failed Edenville and Sanford Dams that unleashed catastrophic flooding and caused $200 million in damage upon their collapse in May, for “gross mismanagement” and negligence. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the lawsuit Tuesday during a joint webinar with the directors of the […]