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FLSA Protections Apply To Migrant Workers

The United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan recently addressed the legal obligations of farmers who use seasonal migrant workers to harvest their crops. In Perez v. Howes LLC the Honorable Gordon J…more

| Agriculture, Labor & Employment Law

Regulation Requiring Spaced-Out Digital Billboards Does Not Violate First...

We've all seen it before: a person says something rude, which elicits a "watch your mouth" response, and the foul-mouth person replies, "Hey, I have a right to free speech!" Touché. A lesser-known use of the First Amendment is…more

| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Zoning, Planning & Land...

Rental Cottages And Limits On Federal Income Tax Deductions

It’s a dilemma that many cottage owners face: you want to earn extra money while away from your cottage but you are worried about the hassles that come with owning a rental property. It is well known that renting out a cottage…more

| Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Migrant Workers Subject To FLSA Protections

In Perez v. Howes LLC the district court was once again faced with addressing the legal obligations of farmers who use seasonal migrant workers to harvest their crops. The Honorable Gordon J. Quist joined the vast majority of…more

| Agriculture, Labor & Employment Law

Michigan’s BYOB Wine Legislation Now In Effect

After considerable anticipation, House Bill 5046, one of three pieces of legislation regulating Michigan liquor licensees that was approved in late 2013, is scheduled to take effect the week of March 10, 2014…more

| Administrative Law, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law

Chief Judge Maloney Reports On State Of The District

On Wednesday, February 26, 2013, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the Honorable Paul L. Maloney, delivered a "State of the District" report to the Western Michigan Chapter…more

| Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

Lake Associations Beware: Access Lots Pose Liability Issues

Lake associations often have control of lots which permit lake access by back-lot owners. Those lots are typically undeveloped, overgrown and only sporadically maintained. Most lake associations are managed by volunteers and…more

| Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

Does Your Key Supplier Have A Succession Plan?

"Hello Jake, I hate to tell you this but we can't ship your order this week. One of our key suppliers is holding us up." Originally Published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal - February 14, 2014…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Ag Programs Could Gain Higher Funding In 2014

The FY 2014 Omnibus spending bill currently includes $350 million additional funding for agricultural programs compared to 2013. According to the House Appropriations Committee summary concerning agricultural appropriations…more

| Agriculture, Elections & Politics

Draft GAPP Public Comments Due February 21, 2014

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are accepting public comments until February 21, 2014 on the 2014 drafts of Michigan's Generally…more

| Agriculture, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

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