Varnum LLP

Businesses May Have Until At Least 2017 To Recover Hidden Access Fees Taken By Blue Cross Blue Shield

Great news for the hundreds of businesses from which Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan charged hidden fees: a federal court's recent ruling indicates that the businesses have several more years to file claims against BCBSM for…more
| Health

Legal Help with Labor and Employment Disputes

Scenario No. 1: One of your key employees e-mails you to tell you the stress of the job has given her medical problems, and that this situation is made worse by the breakup of her relationship with one of your managers. You were…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Ready for Investment? What to Expect in a Typical Preferred Stock Term Sheet

If your company is ready for investment, congratulations! You've reached a milestone. Now you must ensure that both you and your investors have a documented understanding of the terms under which they will make a financial…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Federal Court Rejects BCBSM’s “Schedule A” Argument

In a recent decision in one of the many cases against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan seeking return of hidden administrative fees, a federal court rejected one of BCBSM's primary arguments. BCBSM has consistently argued that…more
| Health

Federal Judge Rules BCBSM’s “Value of Blue” Report Did Not Disclose Hidden Fees

A federal judge in the case of Alma Products v. BCBSM recently agreed with arguments presented by Varnum that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's "Value of Blue" report did not reveal that it was charging hidden fees (often…more
| Civil Procedure, Health

Iqbal Pleading Standard Does Not Apply to Fraudulent Joinder Analysis on Motion to Remand

In Overholt v. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, the Honorable Robert Holmes Bell was faced with determining whether a defendant was added to the plaintiffs' state court complaint in a fraudulent effort to defeat federal diversity…more
| Civil Procedure

Tenants Escape Liability for Fire Damage

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently found that a landlord could not pursue tenants for fire damage caused by the tenants.  In Gauthier v. Elkins, unpublished opinion* of the Court of Appeals, issued November 13, 2014 (Docket…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential

Guaranteed Payments: the Equivalent of a Salary for LLC Members and Partners

Absent special elections to be taxed differently, partnerships and limited liability companies (referred to herein as “entities”) with two or more partners or members (referred to herein as “owners”) are taxed on a pass-through…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Tenant Can Terminate Lease if Landlord Can’t Deliver Possession

In a recent Kent County Circuit Court case, the court found that where the landlord could not deliver possession of the property by the date set forth in the lease, the tenant could terminate the lease…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential

Making Your Mark: How to Obtain and Protect a Trademark

A key component of the strategy of almost any business is branding: building a name or logo that consumers associate with your business. The law recognizes that words or symbols that demonstrate a business's commercial identity…more
| Business Organizations, Intellectual Property

Landlord Can Sell Property and Still Recover Unpaid Rent

Can a landlord recover unpaid rent that came due after the landlord sold the building? According to a recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision, the answer may be "yes."…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential

Eviction by Email?

The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would allow landlords to start the eviction process by serving a seven-day demand for possession by email. Currently, a demand for possession must be sent by…more
| Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential

Michigan Tax Update: Ballot Initiative Good for Tribes

The Michigan legislature has approved a ballot initiative that will be submitted for voter approval in May 2015. If approved, the initiative will impact Tribes in two important ways..…more
| Elections & Politics, Indigenous Peoples, Taxation

A “Magnificently Convoluted and Contentious” Plat

Plats continue to be a source of frustration, uncertainty and expense for owners of waterfront property. In Sims Township v. Arenac County Drain Commissioner, the Michigan Court of Appeals described a "magnificently convoluted…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

Failure to Warn About Dangers of Off-Label Use of Medical Device Preempted Under Federal Law

In Thorn v. Medtronic Sofamor Danek, USA, the Honorable Janet T. Neff dismissed the plaintiff's state law claims of failure to warn and negligence as preempted under the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 ("MDA"), 28 U.S.C. §…more
| Conflict of Laws, Personal Injury, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology
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Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504, United States

Contact: Tamara Bergstrom


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