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Judge halts Michigan flavored vaping ban, Whitmer seeks Supreme Court ruling

BY: - October 15, 2019

Updated, 5:40 p.m. with Whitmer’s appeal, additional comments A state Court of Claims judge has determined that, at least for now, a statewide ban on flavored vaping products can’t be enforced. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Tuesday evening that she plans to ask for an immediate stay and go directly to the Michigan Supreme Court.* […]

Nessel backs Vermont high-capacity ammunition ban

BY: - October 15, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 17 of her colleagues in supporting gun control measures.  Nessel announced on Tuesday that she had filed a brief with several other attorneys general from around the country pledging support for a Vermont law banning large-capacity magazines in guns.  The Vermont case follows Nessel filing a brief in […]

Federal judge blocks Trump admin ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants

BY: - October 11, 2019

A federal judge in New York on Friday granted an injunction blocking the President Trump administration from implementing its “public charge” rule that would have allowed immigration officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants who receive some public benefits. The rule was scheduled to take effect on Tuesday. The rule would have restricted immigrants […]

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Nessel files for emergency motion in anti-LGBTQ adoption case

BY: - October 11, 2019

Two weeks after a federal judge said the state can’t refuse to work with anti-LGBTQ adoption agencies, Attorney General Dana Nessel seeks to appeal that opinion.  Nessel’s office announced Friday that she sought an emergency motion in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan following the order late last month from U.S. District […]

Nessel secures first guilty plea from Catholic priest 

BY: - October 9, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has received her first guilty plea in her office’s prosecutions against Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse.  Patrick Casey, a priest at the St. Theodore of Canterbury Parish in Westland, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aggravated assault. He’ll be sentenced in November in Wayne County Circuit Court and faces a maximum […]

Michigan secures $2.6M from opioid settlement

BY: - October 4, 2019

Michigan will receive about $2.6 million as part of a multi-state settlement pertaining to the opioid Suboxone.  That’s according to a statement released Friday morning by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. The 32-state settlement resolves multiple allegations that manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser Group improperly sold and marketed the drug, which was designed to treat dependence on […]

Lawsuit filed challenging parts of new auto insurance reform

BY: - October 3, 2019

Attorneys representing two auto crash victims and their guardians have sued to declare core elements of Michigan’s new insurance law “unconstitutional.”   The 18-count lawsuit, filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, names two insurance companies as defendants and seeks to strike down two key provisions of the law which passed quickly through the state Legislature in […]

Woman fights for civil rights in first-ever transgender case before the Supreme Court 

BY: - September 30, 2019

The first case involving the civil rights of transgender people will go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8 to rule whether a federal law against job discrimination on the basis of sex protects transgender people.  Aimee Stephens, a 58-year-old transgender woman from Ferndale, was fired from her position as a funeral director after […]

State court denies restraining order in flavored vape ban

BY: - September 30, 2019

A state court has denied an Upper Peninsula vape shop owner’s request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) ahead of a statewide ban going into effect on flavored vaping products. The state Court of Claims on Monday afternoon denied the request by Mark Slis, who owns 906 Vapor in Houghton. The ban, proposed by Gov. […]

Judge says state can’t refuse to work with anti-LGBTQ adoption agencies

BY: - September 28, 2019

Religious-based adoption agencies can once again refuse services to same-sex couples and still receive state funding after a federal court ruling Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, ordered in Buck v. Gordon that child welfare agency St. Vincent Catholic Charities can’t be blocked from state […]

Judge strikes down key provisions of ballot petition law

BY: - September 27, 2019

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens has struck down key parts of a GOP law that put restrictions on citizen-led ballot initiatives.  Specifically, Stephens’ order in League of Women Voters of Michigan v. Jocelyn Benson on Friday struck a key part of the law passed last year that stipulates that no more than 15% […]

Nessel an outlier among other Dem AGs over Purdue Pharma settlement

BY: - September 26, 2019

In the midst of America’s opioid crisis, alleged to have been accelerated by OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, about half of the nation’s attorneys general have accepted the pharmaceutical company’s proposed settlement and work with their lawyers toward a solution. The other state attorneys general have rejected the plan. Among the former group is Michigan Attorney […]