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Nessel files suit against company over PFAS contamination in West Michigan

BY: - September 30, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday filed a suit against FKI Hardware, Inc. seeking compliance and damages from the company after contaminating multiple properties with PFAS and other hazardous materials. According to the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, FKI Hardware, Inc., the successor to the Keeler Brass Co., contaminated multiple properties in West […]

Nessel signs onto brief backing Texas patients’ right to travel outside the state for abortions

BY: - September 30, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel signed on to an amicus brief alongside 21 other state attorneys general to ensure that patients can travel outside Texas to seek an abortion.  The amicus brief was sent in Fund Texas Choice v. Paxton, the case where reproductive rights advocates are aiming to prevent the enforcement of Texas anti-abortion […]

Report: GOP-led Legislature spends more than $180K defending Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

BY: - September 28, 2022

More than $180,000 of taxpayer money has been used for legal services to defend Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban. That’s according to the liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan, which submitted financial disclosure requests to the Michigan House and Senate Business Offices to determine what public resources are being spent by the Republican-controlled legislature to try and […]

Detroit challenges the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates in a federal lawsuit

BY: - September 26, 2022

The city of Detroit is suing the U.S. Census Bureau, claiming it undercounted residents in the predominantly Black city. The city claims in the suit filed in U.S. District Court that the city’s population grew in 2021. If true, it would mark the first time the city’s population has increased in seven decades. The lawsuit […]

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Column: Republicans and allies have blitzed the courts with voting and election lawsuits

BY: - September 26, 2022

With the 2022 midterms roughly six weeks away, Republicans and their allies have blitzed the nation’s courts with election-related lawsuits, with more than half the legal actions attacking mail-in balloting. Republican-affiliated groups filed 41 lawsuits through Sept. 16, compared to seven last year, and 13 by the same point in 2020, according to a new report by Democracy […]

More than 500 doctors sign on in support of Whitmer’s challenge to Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

BY: - September 23, 2022

Hundreds of doctors across the state on Thursday announced their support for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lawsuit challenging the state’s 1931 abortion ban. Backed by more than 500 doctors, the Committee to Protect Health Care filed a brief supporting Whitmer’s lawsuit, which asks the Michigan Supreme Court to determine if the state Constitution protects the […]

Parents score victory in federal civil rights battle over baby blood spots

BY: - September 21, 2022

A federal judge in Michigan last week sided with parents who say the state unconstitutionally stored, sold and tested blood it collected from newborns to screen for rare diseases — a ruling that could be precedential for such civil rights battles in other states, including New Jersey. Michigan statutes require “written, informed consent” for test […]

Nessel joins coalition of AGs to support reversal of Trump-era Title IX policies in schools

BY: - September 16, 2022

A federal proposal aimed at strengthening protections against sex discrimination has the support of Attorney General Dana Nessel and 19 other attorneys general, according to a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Education led by California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “When the [former President Donald] Trump Administration rolled back anti-discrimination protections for students and […]

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Susan J. Demas: Michigan has a 1931 law banning abortion. Now voters can decide if it stands.

BY: - September 14, 2022

It’s been a confusing time for women since June, when the far-right U.S. Supreme Court gleefully chucked almost 50 years of precedent and overturned Roe v. Wade. Suddenly, one in three women across America are no longer able to make intimate health care decisions for themselves and their families. There have been so many heart-wrenching […]

Washtenaw Co. Circuit Court rejects EMU request for restraining order against striking employees

BY: - September 9, 2022

On Friday, Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Carol Kuhnke denied a request from Eastern Michigan University for a temporary restraining order that would force striking faculty to return to work.  Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted in favor of a strike on Tuesday, after working […]

U.S. Justice Department to appeal Trump special master order

BY: - September 9, 2022

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a Florida federal judge’s ruling this week appointing an independent arbiter to review thousands of sensitive materials the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence, the department notified the court Thursday. Government prosecutors are also asking U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon not to force them […]

Judge rules for tribe in Line 5 suit, says Enbridge is trespassing and must pay damages

BY: - September 9, 2022

Short of an order to decommission the Line 5 pipeline, an Ojibwe tribe on the south shore of Lake Superior secured a different legal victory Thursday in its federal lawsuit against Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been locked in a legal battle with […]