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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 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, […]

Milking the System

 Dairy providers in Michigan, as well as 14 other states, have reached a $52 million dollar settlement and you may be entitled to a piece of the pie.  The underlying lawsuit alleged that the dairy providers attempted to limit the production of raw farm milk by prematurely slaughtering cows, in order to illegally increase the […]


In continuing our pledge to keep our readers informed of the many nuances involving business and the law, we must now direct your attention to upcoming training seminars provided by MIOSHA. These helpful compliance workshops could spell the difference between violating standards and adhering to the strict safety guidelines that govern our respective workplaces. The […]

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance Regarding Employee Retaliation Claims

From an employer standpoint, one of the worst things that can happen to a business is the breakup of the employer-employee dichotomy. People perform at their best when they believe that their supervisors are both fair and impartial. A culture of support must be adopted, and employees need to feel comfortable in voicing their objections […]