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Ford Sues John Cena for Flipping Ford GT

Mike McNamara, Esq.

Ford Motor Company produces the Ford GT limited edition two-seater sports car designed to deliver extraordinary speed with a 647 horsepower engine that has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of over $450,000. Since the demand for the vehicle is much greater than the supply, Ford has a GT Program and application process. As part of the application process the purchaser agrees to promote the Ford GT and not to sell the vehicle for a period of 24 months after the purchase.

MDEQ Approves Nestle Ground Water Withdrawal Permit

Paul Bohn, Esq.

On Monday, April 2, the MDEQ granted Nestle a controversial large scale water removal permit. The request asked the department for the ability to increase the rate at which the company withdrawals groundwater from their Osceola County well. Nestle is currently pumping 250 gallons per minute from the well, and requested an increase to 400 gallons per minute. Nestle submitted their application arguing that the volume increase wouldn't have any "measureable effects" on wetland ecology. However, that stance is undermined by a study that indicates the well is above an underground aquifer system that could present a greater impact on wetland ecology than originally anticipated. Many are concerned that a permit of this magnitude ignores the responsibility that should be shown towards Michigan's natural resources.

Americans in this Field have the Highest Rate of Divorce by Age 30

Carla Testani, Esq.

It's no secret that a stressful job can put strain on a marriage. With divorce rates approaching the 50% mark, it might be a good idea to take into account the impacts the workplace can have on relationships. One field in particular is struggling with the famous "happily ever after" ending. People in the military, first-line enlisted military supervisors to be exact, have the highest rate of divorce. Thirty percent of people in this field will file for divorce. Supervisors are not the only people in the military who are struggling with divorce. On a list of 10 jobs that have the highest divorce rates, military positions took three of them.

Divorce Rates Rise After Winter and Summer Breaks

Mark Mandell, Esq.

A recent study found a spike in divorce rates following the winter and summer breaks. An analysis of divorce filings from 2001 to 2015 showed peak filings in the months of March and August.

While it is difficult to pinpoint the cause behind these results, anecdotal evidence suggests the winter and summer holidays may be used as a sort of rejuvenation period for rocky marriages. Partners who feel uneasy about their marriages but are unsure how to address the issue hope the joy that comes with the holidays will turn things around. When no turning point arrives, unhappy partners react by filing a divorce petition.

How Will the Legalization of Marijuana Impact Michigan's Operating While Intoxicated and Open Intoxicant Statutes?

Mark Mandell, Esq.

In November of this year, Michigan residents heading to the polls may have the opportunity to vote on the Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative. This measure legalizes the recreational use and possession of marijuana for persons 21 and older and imposes a tax on the sale of marijuana. Importantly, however, the initiative does not legalize operating a vehicle while using or under the influence of marijuana. In other words, Michigan's Operating While Intoxicated and Open Intoxicant statutes will apply to marijuana just as they do to alcohol.

Local Agencies Urge EPA to Take Action on Great Lakes

Paul Bohn, Esq.

It's undeniable that toxic algae blooms can pose a major threat to the health of our Great Lakes. Officials acknowledge something must be done, but it's the solution that causes disagreement. Communities that rely on Lake Erie for drinking water, tourism, and recreational activities believe the federal government should respond.

Illegal Recording Device Could Land Mother in Prison

Thumbnail image for 1024px-Zoom_H4n_audio_recording_levels.jpgJim Fausone, Esq.

Bullying prevention awareness has increased over the last several years, but efforts to eliminate it still often fall short. A mother of a 9-year-old in Virginia decided to take matters into her own hands. After her daughter complained of being bullied, Sarah Sims of Norfolk, VA., placed a digital audio recorder in her daughter's backpack.

Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules against Yahoo

2000px-Yahoo_Logo.svg.pngJim Fausone, Esq.

An important issue was addressed in a Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in October. The court ruled against Yahoo and in favor of the two representatives of a deceased man's estate. In 2006, the two personal representatives attempted to recover access to decedent's email account, only to be denied by Yahoo.

Enbridge Deal Promises to Improve Oil Pipeline Safety

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian oil transport company Enbridge Inc. announced an agreement intended to improve the safety of the twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. The pipeline is important to the tourist industry, as well as the Great Lakes environment. The public has voiced safety concerns, and Snyder is listening.

Will Bans on Salary History Questions Equalize Pay Gap?

Jim Fausone, Esq.

The pay gap between male and female has been a controversial subject between many for years. Several states, cities, and counties have passed new legislation purportedly designed to bridge the gap. Asking potential job candidates about their salary history in previous positions has been a standard way to set new salaries for many companies. New legislation looks to bar companies from asking that question so as not to perpetuate salary disparity.

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