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November 2011

Nov 2011
November 10, 2011

COA Opinion: The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act applies to doctor-patient relationships.

In Moon v. Michigan Reproductive & IVF Center, PC, No. 299623, the Court of Appeals considered whether a doctor illegally discriminated on the basis of marital status when he refused to offer in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to an unmarried woman. In this case the plaintiff inquired whether th

Nov 2011
November 10, 2011

COA Opinion: IRA accounts are located in the state in which the owner is domiciled for the purpose of garnishment.

In Macatawa Bank v. Wipperfurth, No. 300451, the court considered whether a bank could garnish an individual retirement account (IRA) in Michigan when the owners of the account did not reside in Michigan. In this case the bank obtained a judgment in Michigan against the defendants, who reside in Florida. The defenda

Nov 2011
November 09, 2011

COA Opinion: Assertion of "medical marihuana" defense is barred because the marijuana was not kept in an enclosed, locked facility.

In People v. Danto, No. 302986 [consolidated with No. 303525, and People v. Nater, Nos. 302991 and 303064], the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's pretrial evidentiary ruling barring the admission of evidence of other acts committed by defendants, finding that the evidence of prior bad acts was introduced for a proper purpo

Nov 2011
November 08, 2011

MSC Order List: November 7, 2011

On November 7, 2011, the Michigan Supreme Court denied one motion to disqualify Justice Markman from considering defendant's appeal in People v. Winburn, Case No. 143914. In Winburn, the defendant is challenging his 1990 murder conviction out of Wayne County Circuit Court. The defendant filed a motion, pursuant to MCR 2.003, seekin

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