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Individual Arbitration is the New Default Rule Where an Agreement is Ambiguous as to Class Action

class-action-suit.jpgBrandon Grysko, Esq.

In a blow to employee advocacy groups, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, which held that class action arbitration is only available when an arbitration agreement explicitly says so.

DTE Energy Tree Trim Training Helps Community

Tree+Trimmer.jpgAndrea Hayden, Esq.

In an effort to increase local tree trimming resources, DTE Energy is also providing a valuable community service. The company is launching a tree trimming training program for prisoners to help them join the workforce through a $100,000 grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. Tree trimming is important for the reduction of power outages and downed wires. About 800 trimmers live locally, but the workforce needs 1,000-1,300 trimmers. To fill the gap, DTE brings in 200-500 out of state trimmers.

DTE to Add Three New Wind Parks

256px-Michigan_Wind_1_near_Ubly_2962967700_f833acdf27_o.jpgAndrea Hayden, Esq.

DTE Energy recently announced the purchase of three new wind parks in Michigan. These wind parks will help lower carbon emissions from the utility's generation portfolio. Annually, the wind parks are expected to offset nearly 790,000 tons of carbon emissions, and all wind parks are expected to be in operation by next year.

Kim Stricker Wins Two More "Golden Moose" Awards

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Our Client, Kim Stricker, has won two more "Golden Moose" awards for his show Hook n' Look. This show appears among 125 shows across three different channels, the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and WFN. Hook n' Look received an award for Fan Favorite Underwater Video and Fan Favorite Educational Show.

New Climate Change Debate?

Coastal_flooding_at_Outer_Banks,_North_Carolina,_on_October_5,_2015.jpgPaul Bohn, Esq.

With the rising costs of natural disasters, a new debate has come to fruition. There is not enough money to protect every coastal community from the effects of global warming, so how do we decide what communities to protect first? Due to increased flooding, coastal areas will require a significant amount of spending to protect against rising sea levels and future storms, policymakers and scientists say.

Update: Judge and Court Officer Charged with Obstruction of Justice for Aiding Fugitive Illegal Immigrant

update.pngBrandon Grysko, Esq.

We have an update to our previous blog regarding the Massachusetts judge who helped an illegal immigrant escape from federal officers.

According to a report, taxpayer dollars were used to pay $127,000 in legal fees for Shelley Joseph, the Massachusetts judge charged with obstruction of justice for helping an illegal immigrant evade Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

What Happened to my Winnings?

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Katherine Krysak, Esq.

A suburban man purchased a mega millions lottery ticket in 2013 when he was separated from his wife. Rich Zelasko and his wife, Mary Beth Zelasko, had been separated for 2 years. Rich ended up winning $30 million from the lottery ticket. Instead of Rich maximizing his potential winnings, his ex-wife, Mary Beth, maximized hers.

Where is My Inheritance?

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Breeda K. O'Leary, Esq.

James "Skip" Scandirito was a former Macomb County Judge who was found dismembered. His son, Jimmy Scandirito II, was found guilty of dismembering his father's dead body, but was found not guilty of the first-degree premeditated murder charge. His attorney, Howard Poznanski believes his client should receive his father's estate worth $800,000, avoiding application of the Florida Slayer Statute.

Department of Labor Gives Guidance for Businesses Using Independent Contractors

Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Labor.jpgBrandon Grysko, Esq.

Just last month, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter regarding employer-employee relationships in today's technologically advanced gig economy.

The letter tackles the blurry line that employers walk when deciding if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. That decision has a stark impact because workers who are classified as employees have significant legal protections, such as minimum wage, overtime, and employee benefits; whereas, independent contractors do not have those protections.

DTE Energy "Charging Forward" Program

electric-2778403_1920e.jpgPaul Bohn, Esq.

On June 4, 2019, DTE Energy announced its new "Charging Forward" program. This program is designed to encourage electrical vehicle adoption by educating their customers and offering incentives.

Among the reasons someone may be concerned driving an electric car, DTE states that "limited consumer awareness and range anxiety, or the fear of running out of power before reaching a destination, are two factors suppressing electric vehicle acceptance."

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