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Legal experts say Flint water crisis trials could be delayed for years

BY: - June 28, 2019

When Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office announced earlier this month that it would drop all charges brought in the criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis, it made national headlines — and shocked the city’s residents, who have waited half a decade for justice. Now, as Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym […]

SCOTUS delays Census citizenship question, Kildee says Trump admin. should quit ‘politicizing’ count

BY: and - June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued another highly anticipated ruling of this term, delaying the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.  In a complicated decision regarding the President Trump administration’s plans to ask about citizenship status on the Census form, the High Court agreed with a lower court to […]

Michigan gerrymandering challenge dies with U.S. Supreme Court ruling

BY: , and - June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — In a blockbuster opinion issued by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, a 5-4 majority ruled that it’s not their place to settle disputes over partisan gerrymandering.  On the last day of its current term, the court decided two combined high-profile cases that asked them to rule on whether state legislators in Maryland […]

Nessel asks court to shut down Line 5, dismiss Enbridge lawsuit

BY: - June 27, 2019

Updated 2:50 p.m. with a letter from Senate Republicans Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday that her office has filed a lawsuit seeking to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Nessel, who made decommissioning the oil pipeline a central promise of her 2018 campaign, asked the Ingham County Circuit […]

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Nessel’s office joins nationwide anti-spam action

BY: - June 26, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 14 other states taking legal action against intrusive spam callers, her office announced Tuesday. Nessel’s office brokered a settlement with the Detroit-based Ardent Natural Gas LLC in March after the company allegedly violated the Home Solicitation Sales Act for illegal robocalls to Michigan […]

Michigan Supreme Court will hear case over private school funding

BY: - June 25, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear a case challenging public funding to the state’s non-public schools, brought by a group of public schools and their advocates. In an order issued Monday, the state Supreme Court said it would re-evaluate the plaintiffs’ argument that it is unconstitutional for Michigan to reimburse private schools for state-mandated spending […]

AG’s office files brief against GOP legislative maneuver on minimum wage, sick leave

BY: - June 20, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in calling on the court system to outlaw the “adopt and amend” tactic that the Legislature used last year to adopt weakened versions of two citizen-led ballot initiatives. In a brief filed with the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday evening, Nessel and other officials in her […]

Bill reintroduced mandating insurance coverage for birth control

BY: - June 20, 2019

A state senator introduced a bill on Thursday aimed at protecting the federal mandate that requires insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs. State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) introduced Senate Bill 388, which would “require health insurance policies to cover the full cost of all FDA-approved [Food and Drug Administration] contraceptive drugs, patient education and counseling […]

Gov. files brief opposing Legislature’s 2018 move to ‘adopt and amend’ petitions

BY: - June 19, 2019

Updated, 8:16 p.m. with brief from Democratic legislators Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office filed a brief today opposing the “adopt and amend” maneuver the GOP-led Legislature used in 2018 to enact weakened versions of minimum wage and sick leave laws that otherwise would have been on last November’s ballot. The brief from Whitmer’s attorneys to the […]

Michigan Supreme Court order sends juvenile prison rape suit to trial

BY: - June 18, 2019

A class-action lawsuit against the state alleging that teenage prisoners’ civil rights were violated will proceed, after the state’s highest court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that granted prisoners protection from discrimination. The class-action lawsuit alleges the prison staff’s indifference — and sometimes participation — in the rape or sexual […]

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Nessel declines to offer opinion on Elliott-Larsen due to SCOTUS case

BY: - June 18, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office announced Thursday that it won’t offer a new opinion on one issued by former Attorney General Bill Schuette that says the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act does not protect LGBTQ people. Nessel’s chief legal counsel, Suzanne Sonneborn, responded in a letter to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s request to review […]

Enbridge taking steps on oil pipeline tunnel, Whitmer says state hasn’t signed off

BY: - June 17, 2019

Any progress Canadian energy company Enbridge makes on a controversial $500 million oil tunnel has not been authorized by the state and comes “at the company’s own risk,” warned Zack Pohl, spokesman for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. That response came hours after Enbridge Energy announced Monday that it is moving forward with its planned summer rock […]