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Poorly Defined Contract Terms Could Spell Disaster For Your Company

The Court of Appeals decision in Jodi Perry v. Progressive (February 28, 2017, Unpublished Case No. 330966), should remind companies to remain vigilant in updating their contracts to clearly define the terms of their agreements. In Perry, the Plaintiff had been involved in a vehicle accident and filed a lawsuit against the Defendant insurance company […]

Court of Appeals Holds That Employers May Shorten The Time Period for Employees to Bring Lawsuits

The Court of Appeals recently upheld a provision in an employment contract that limited an employee’s ability to bring a claim against the employer after one-year. Sams v. Common Ground (Unpublished, Case Number 329600, decided January 17, 2017). In Sams, the terms of an employment contract prohibited claims against the employer after 1 year of […]

Merchants May Pass On Credit-Card Processing Fees to Consumers

Excess credit-card fees may not come as a surprise to anyone who drives, as gas-stations have been charging credit card purchasers about  ten-cents more per gallon of gas for years. Since 2013, it has been legal in Michigan for merchants to charge consumers a surcharge of up to 4% on credit card purchases. Specifically, a […]

Michigan Passes New Bill To Address Video Treatment Of Patients

The advent of technology has opened many doors to medical practitioners interested in growing their practices and  reaching a larger number of patients. Michigan legislators have attempted to regulate this growing section of “telehealth” (video consultations) by signing SB 753 into law. This bill will take effect on March 21, 2017 and attempts to balance […]

Court of Appeals Clarifies Businesses’ Duty to Protect Customers From Criminal Acts of Third Parties

In Tillman v. Perfect Pitcher Sports Pub (Case No. 328520, Unpublished), the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing the scope of a businesses’ duty to protect its customers from the criminal acts of third parties. In this case, Defendant, Perfect Pitcher Sports Pub, hired Plaintiff to perform as a DJ for the night. […]

Growing Responsibilities for Physician’s Assistants

House Bill 5533, addressing the scope of practice restrictions on physician assistants (PA’s), recently became law in Michigan.  Through House Bill 5533, the supervisory relationship between physicians and PA’s is changed by giving PA’s more autonomy in providing care for their patients. The language of previous bills has been reshaped, presumably to combat a shortage […]

Court of Appeals Clarifies Standard of Care that Applies to Participants in Recreational Activities

“A person who engages in a recreational activity is temporarily adopting a set of rules that define that particular pastime or sport. In many instances, the person is also suspending the rules that normally govern everyday life.” If you operate a business that involves any type of recreational activity – golfing, dancing, sailing, swimming, etc […]

February 10, 2017 Deadline for Small Businesses to File for Michigan Personal Property Tax Exemption

  MCL § 211.9o, also known as the “small business taxpayer personal property exemption”, allows small business owners to claim a complete exemption for industrial or commercial personal property when the following requirements are met: An Affidavit to Claim Small Business Tax Exemption (Form 5076) is timely filed by February 10, 2017. A link to […]

Terrence P. Stewart – Issues for Businesses to Consider Should the Incoming Administration Choose to Address the Trade Deficit in Part Through Trade or Tax Actions

Demorest Law Firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, an international network of smaller law firms. Stewart & Stewart is our affiliated firm in Washington, DC, and they are experts in international trade issues. Terry Stewart of that firm graciously gave us permission to post his article. During the campaign, […]