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Michigan’s Natural Flow Doctrine

Michigan’s Natural Flow Doctrine

  This weekend’s major flooding in Midland Michigan is sure to raise lots of questions regarding drainage between neighbors.  Michigan subscribes to the “natural flow” doctrine which provides that higher elevation properties have a natural right to drain its water…

Steps in a Felony Case

Steps in a Felony Case

If you have found yourself facing criminal charges, this can be a very worrisome time in your life. Whether this is your first encounter with the criminal justice system or not, often just the fear of the unknown in these…

How is Custody Determined by Michigan Courts?

How is Custody Determined by Michigan Courts?

The general term “custody” encompasses two closely related, but different concepts: legal and physical custody. Put simply, legal custody refers to the ability to make significant decisions in your child’s life. Physical custody generally refers to where the child resides….

No Need to Reply to Affirmative Defenses

No Need to Reply to Affirmative Defenses

One of my pet peeves relate to demands for a reply to affirmative defenses. I’ve always considered this to be a pointless and wasteful exercise. I’m annoyed when opposing counsel makes such a demand and causes my client to needlessly…

Environmentalist Victory Short Lived?

Environmentalist Victory Short Lived?

At the very end of the 2010 term of the lame duck Democratic majority, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its 4-3 decision in Anglers of the AuSable v DEQ and provided a significant victory for Michigan environmentalists. The decision has…

Disappointed Bidders on Public Projects

Disappointed Bidders on Public Projects

Recently, the Michigan Court of Appeals released its decision in Cedroni Associates, Inc. v Tombilson, Harburn Associates Architects & Planners, Inc. (docket # 287024, released 11/16/10) which provides new avenues for the disappointed low bidder to challenge the bid process…

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