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Blockchain Technology Moves Forward

Jim Fausone, Esq.

Proposed legislation in Ohio looks to join the state with Arizona and potentially Tennessee, Florida, and California in recognizing smart contracts and electronic records that are stored using blockchain technology. Matt Dolan, a republican senator in Ohio, introduced legislation that would amend the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

Supreme Court Resolves Fourth Amendment Battling Precedent

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Recently the Supreme Court has been a strong defender of the Fourth Amendment's privacy protections regarding unreasonable searches and seizures. Several years ago, the high court ruled that police must obtain a warrant in order to search outside a private home. However, the Fourth Amendment generally exempts automobiles from warrant policies because they can quickly flee.

Supreme Court Holds Arbitration Agreements are Enforceable

Jim Fausone, Esq.

This month the Supreme Court released a significant employment law decision that may impact future employer-employee disputes. In Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis the high court ruled in favor of the employer. The issue originated from a group of employees wishing to litigate employment disputes through collective actions in federal court. Upon employment, the employees entered into a contract providing for individualized arbitration proceedings to resolve employment disputes between the parties. The court was charged with determining whether or not individualized arbitration agreements, which prevent employees from bringing collective actions against their employer, are enforceable.

Supreme Court Strikes Act Barring Legal Sports Gambling

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Much of the sports world is discussing the high court's significant decision on sports gambling released this week. In Murphy v. NCAA, the court was asked to determine whether the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) infringed on the state's legislative authority.

Effects of Pot On Driving

Mark Mandell, Esq.

As the jazz lyric goes, "everything old is new again," and it is fitting that the line comes from that genre, given that musicians and aficionados of the one true American form of music are thought to be among the first in America to tune into pot. The herb, whose medicinal use dates back to China, circa 2700 B.C., is making a big comeback in the U.S., having been made illegal here in 1937.

Governor Snyder Supports Water Infrastructure Updates

Jim Fausone, Esq.

Governor Rick Snyder showed his support for Rep. Larry Inman's proposal to invest $110 million to help rebuild Michigan's water infrastructure. Critical repairs to the water and sewer systems state-wide will ensure citizens have access to safe drinking water, as well as protect our natural resources. A recent poll suggests strong support for legislative action relating to these issues.

High Times for Michigan Teens

Mark Mandell, Esq.

As of this writing, medical marijuana is legal in 29 states, and the District of Columbia, and recreational pot, lawful in nine states, and D.C. What's more, with John Boehner, the most recent Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, now on the Advisory Board of a company that cultivates, processes, and distributes cannabis in 11 states, THESE tea leaves surely would seem to be telling us that, in the U.S., pot is going to be more widely used and accepted than it ever has been.

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.

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