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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 […]

Corrected: AG opinion on ballot initiative law stands for now*

BY: - September 26, 2019

Updated and corrected on 9/27/19 to accurately reflect the stipulated order.  Judge Cynthia Stephens with the state Court of Claims on Wednesday evening signed a stipulated order in League of Women Voters of Michigan v. Benson.* The order agreed to by attorneys for both parties said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will continue to administer […]

Southfield city clerk charged with multiple election felonies

BY: - September 23, 2019

Updated, 4:55 p.m. 9/23/19 with comments from the city of Southfield: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday announced six felony charges filed this morning in Oakland County 46th District Court against Southfield City Clerk Sherikia Hawkins. Nessel said the charges, which stem from the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, are: Count one: election law […]

Nessel joins state AGs in suing Trump admin over vehicle emissions

BY: - September 23, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is among the 23 state attorneys general from around the country suing the federal government over vehicle emission standards.  The AGs from states and the District of Columbia also are joined by the cities of Los Angeles and New York in filing suit against the President Trump administration after it […]