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Michigan's Wetland Wonders

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Fall brings about many changes to the environment, especially in Michigan, allowing for a great opportunity to explore the wildlife. Michigan has many Wetland Wonders scattered across the southern portion of the state. These areas offer excellent wildlife viewing, bird watching, paddling, and hiking opportunities. These areas give Michiganders an opportunity to experience nature up close.

Drones Are Taking Over Human Insurance Inspection

Paul Bohn, Esq.

While drones are becoming increasingly popular for recreational use, they are also entering the market in a more practical fashion - insurance evaluations. The long, irritating process involving home or car insurance claims is being accelerated by the use of drones. Traditionally, an insurance claim begins with the customer contacting the insurance company, waiting for a representative to inspect the damage, and within what could span several weeks, receive their reimbursement.

Ann Arbor Plans to Renovate Historic State Theatre

Paul Bohn, Esq.

If you've been to downtown Ann Arbor, you've undoubtedly noticed the historic State Theatre. The City of Ann Arbor's Planning Commission has decided to renovate the facility. The new development would double the viewing capacity from 2 to 4 individual screens, bringing the total viewer capacity to around 460 people.

What Every Parent Should Know About Teenagers and Vaping

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Vaping is a new trend that has come about in the last ten years. Its popularity has risen due to claims that vaping is much safer than regular tobacco products. Vaping is accomplished through e-cigarettes or vape pens, which use an atomizer to heat liquid to create a vapor that can be inhaled like a regular cigarette. Vaping is a popular party "activity" for teenagers, even as young as seventh grade. Teenagers are attracted to vaping due to the availability of fruit flavored oils that are then vaped and emanate a fruit smell and taste. Teens will also have competitions when vaping, such as an activity called "cloud chasing," during which participants will compete to blow as much smoke that person can create with his or her vaping pen.

The Reality of the Marijuana Industry

Paul Bohn, Esq.

On January 1, 2018 the nation's largest source of marijuana economy, California, will legalize marijuana for recreational use. While many current and future dispensary owners are excited about the new legislation, there is a significant road block to creating a fully functional business - lack of financial support. Lack of financial support isn't a reference to revenue, attracting consumers isn't a problem, but lack of financial support from banks is. Many banks around the nation are hesitant to support businesses that are still illegal under federal law, which leaves many dispensaries with more cash than they can handle.

Livonia Residents File Lawsuit Against Ford Motor Company for Water Contamination

Paul Bohn, Esq.

An Illinois law firm filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of over 100 Livonia residents who live near the Ford Transmission Plant. The residents claim that the chemical trichloroethylene, a common industrial chemical, has contaminated their drinking water. Ford admitted in February of 2016 that the chemical was present in groundwater samples underneath the plant, and completed further investigative testing of the groundwater in October of 2016.

Soil Vapors Near Buildings Are No Joke

Paul Bohn, Esq.

In a recent article in the Detroit News, a trend is developing in the regulatory community regarding potentially hazardous soil vapors associated with urban contamination entering into occupied commercial and residential buildings forcing, in some instances, the immediate evacuation of the property.

EPA Moves to Repeal "Waters of the U.S" Regulation

Paul Bohn, Esq.

The Trump administration has taken another step to remove environmental regulations created under the Obama administration. Last Wednesday, they formally moved to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S regulation which will allow them to re-evaluate the definition of U.S waters. In addition to the previous rescinding of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, these decisions align with President Trump's Feb. 28th executive order.

It is Illegal to Drive Drunk in Your Own Driveway

Breeda O'Leary-Brassfield

An intoxicated man who operated his motor vehicle on the upper part of his driveway can be charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Michigan's drunk driving statute, MCL 257.625, prohibits an intoxicated person from operating a vehicle upon a highway or other place open to the public or generally accessible to motor vehicles.

Algae Bloom Continues to Concern Western Lake Erie Basin Communities

Paul Bohn, Esq.

As the 2017 algae bloom approaches, there is rising concern for the communities who depend on Lake Erie for drinking water, tourism and recreational activities. The algae bloom typically lasts from mid-July through mid-October. Last week, the NOAA announced their final forecast for this summer's bloom and it doesn't look promising.

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