Varnum LLP

333 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504, United States

Contact: Tamara Bergstrom

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s UAV, man

The day may not be far off when part of a farmer's normal daily routine involves reviewing data and images from one of the farm's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), more commonly known as drones. Originally Published in…more
| Agriculture, Transportation

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Now in Effect

The purpose of this Client Advisory is to address the risks associated with sending commercial electronic messages without complying with the provisions of the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation of 2014 (the "CASL"), which was passed…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Court Applies Michigan Statute of Limitations Despite Contractual Choice of Law Clause

In Czewski v. KVH Industries, Inc., the Honorable Gordon J. Quist of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan followed a line of cases holding that a statute of limitation is a "procedural" rule that…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (And Let’s Be Careful)

An owner of an arena or stadium owes a duty to each patron to operate the premises with reasonable care. In the context of sporting events, this duty is defined as a "limited duty." Spectators are thought to assume ordinary…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Personal Injury

“Ladybird Deed” Language Removed from Michigan Tax Guidelines

Many people have heard of a "Ladybird Deed," but few understand how Ladybird Deeds work. In essence, this type of deed allows property to pass automatically upon an individual's death without the need of probate, offering a…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

A Football Team, by Any Other Name…: USPTO Decision Illustrates that Law is More than Hard & Fast Rules

At Meadowlawn Elementary in the 1960s, my West Michigan friends and I would boast about things that made us "better" than each other. It was the golden age of Superman comics and, while I didn't have super strength or x-ray…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Indigenous Peoples, Intellectual Property

Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Controversial NLRB v. Noel Canning Case

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in NLRB v. Noel Canning, the controversial case dealing with the President's ability to make appointments while the Senate is in "recess."…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

We Have a Sheriff’s Deed, But Who Pays Association Assessments?

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that a purchaser pursuant to a sheriff's sale was responsible for condominium association fees due from and after the date of the sale. In Wells Fargo Bank v Country Place Condominium…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Michigan Supreme Court: No Automatic Use Tax Exemption for Purchases from Michigan Sellers – Andrie v Treasury

The Michigan Supreme Court published Andrie, Inc. v Department of Treasury yesterday afternoon, a decision which affects any business client with significant purchases from Michigan sellers. The Court reversed the Court of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

IRS Continues Pursuit of Undisclosed and Unreported Financial Accounts - Important New Developments

On Wednesday, the IRS announced substantial expansions of the 2012 Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures and the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). The IRS first designed the 2012 Streamlined Filing…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Comment Period Extended for Proposed EPA Rule Substantially Expanding Federal Jurisdiction Over Waters of the U.S., Including Creeks and Ditches

On April 21, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("U.S. EPA") published a proposed rule that expands the federal jurisdiction over "Waters of the United States" under the Federal Clean Water Act ("CWA")…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Understanding Litigation Can Make the Process More Controllable

As a trial lawyer, I read essays on litigation. The best title that I ever saw on a column was, "Litigation in America - As Welcome as Sickness or Death." The author opined on why litigants hate lawsuits. His list of…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure

EPA Makes Blueberry Farms Collateral Damage in Wetland Battle

One of the important provisions of the 2013 amendments (2013 P.A. 98 or Act 98) to Michigan's wetland statute (Part 303 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act) required the Michigan Department of Environmental…more
| Agriculture, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Cottage Transfers of Ownership without Uncapping Property Tax Broadened Under Michigan House Bill

On December 27, 2012, HR-4753 was signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. As discussed in our previous blog post, "HR-4753: An Early Christmas Gift for Michigan Cottage Owners!", this law prevents the uncapping of property…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Why Even A ‘Bad Guy’ Won’t Have to Pay Your Attorneys’ Fees

I've been a trial lawyer for 32 years. And if I had a dollar for every time I heard a litigant vow to collect actual attorneys' fees from an adversary -- because the bad guy's claim was "frivolous" -- then I'd have a pocket…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Business Torts
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