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January 2011

Jan 2011
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January 13, 2011

COA Opinion: A trial court does not have to make findings of fact or conclusions of law when its order does not modify a judgment of annulment, but rather, enforces the terms of the judgment.

In Hadley v Huang, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's ruling that a judgment of annulment required plaintiff to pay marital-home expenses. The Court of Appeals determined under MCR 2.517(A)(4), the trial court did not have to make findings of fact or conclusions of law when it ordered plaintiff to pay the ma

Jan 2011
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January 13, 2011

COA Opinion: Under the Whistleblowers' Protection Act the statutory definition of 'public body' does not include a private body whose implementation, action or reporting is directed by the government.

In Denney v. Dow Chemical Co., the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's grant of summary disposition to defendant The Dow Chemical Company on plaintiff's employment claims (1) for violating the Whistleblowers' Protection Act (WPA), (2) for breach of implied contract, and (3) for sex discrimination. Notably the Co

Jan 2011
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January 12, 2011

COA Opinion: Litigating issues of first impression is not always sufficient to invoke the interest-of-justice exception to an award of attorney fees under the offer-of-judgment rule.

In Prime Financial Services, L.L.C. v. Vinton and Bank One, N.A., the Court of Appeals held that under MCR 2.405, the offer-of-judgment rule, the public interest in having sophisticated companies settle complicated financial transactions prevailed over the interest in having issues of first impression litigated

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