Tag Archives: Michigan business

Michael K. Hayes Admitted to Practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Demorest Law Firm is proud to announce that Michael Hayes, a member of the firm, has recently been admitted to practice in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Sixth Circuit is the federal court that has appellate jurisdiction over the U.S. District Courts in four states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. As a newly […]

Michigan Supreme Court Rejects Menards’ Method of Property Appraisal

Recently, Michigan’s Supreme Court denied Menards’ application for leave to appeal a Court of Appeals decision rejecting Menards’ method of valuing its stores for the purpose of assessing taxes. The issue in Menard, Inc. v. City of Escanaba, 315 Mich. App. 512 (2016) was whether Menards would have to pay property taxes to the City […]

Melissa Demorest to Judge Wayne State Law School’s Transactional Law Competition

Melissa Demorest, one of our firm’s strongest transactional attorneys, has committed to help judge Wayne State Law School’s Transactional Law Competition on this Friday, November 10th. Going back to her alma mater, Melissa hopes to help students refine their negotiation and drafting skills as they bring a mergers and acquisitions problem to the boardroom by […]

State of Michigan Prepares to Launch New Corporations Online Filing System

As part of Michigan’s pledge to help initiate business growth, its state corporations division will soon launch an updated online filing system for businesses. This filing system will become available on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 8:00 am.  This updated filing system should improve communications between businesses and the State of Michigan. New features include, but […]

Business Tips – Protecting Your Trademarks or Service Marks

In this last installment of our three-part series on trademark protection, we explain the steps that are necessary to protect a business’ trademarks from competitors who seek to gain an unfair advantage through the use of an already established name. Businesses should be proactive in protecting their trademarks from potential infringers to prevent their marks […]

Demorest Law Firm Will Offer Legal Seminar for Hotel Personnel

Demorest Law Firm has partnered with the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau to present “Is It Legal?,” a seminar for hotel management and event planners. The seminar will be hosted by Demorest Law Firm attorneys Melissa Demorest LeDuc, Charlie Barnes, and Lisa Okasinski. Our experienced attorneys will cover a variety of industry-specific subjects, including […]

Perceived “Bad Business Decisions” Do Not Necessarily Demonstrate Discriminatory Practices

Businesses are not infrequently tasked with making decisions on promoting or demoting parts of their workforce. Some employees may become upset when they are passed over for promotions by other employees whom they perceive to be incompetent or unqualified. The Court in Payment v. DOT, 2017 Mich App LEXIS 1295, *9, ruled that these business […]

Liquidated Damages Upheld in Contract Dispute

At issue in, Abhe & Svboda v. State, 2017 Mich. App. LEXIS 1387, *9, is whether a liquidated damages provision could be enforceable against Plaintiff Abhe & Svobda, Inc, when it failed to complete its project of painting and cleaning a portion of the Mackinac Bridge in accordance to the contract’s terms. The Court of Appeals […]

Former Employer’s Disclosure of Threats to New Employer Does Not Create Liability for Defamation

Recently, the Court in Viggers v. Al-Azhar F. Pacha & ALPAC, 2017 Mich App LEXIS 1323, *3 came to an interesting conclusion regarding an employer’s ability to inform a former employee’s new employer of incidents which called the employee’s character into question. In that case, Defendant Pacha, owner of ALPAC, informed the University of Michigan, […]