lawsuit http://michiganradio.org en Fast-food workers file class-action lawsuits against McDonald's in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/fast-food-workers-file-class-action-lawsuits-against-mcdonalds-michigan <p>McDonald's is being sued for allegedly stealing the wages of fast-food workers in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The lawsuits allege workers at 21 McDonald's restaurants in Detroit are forced to pay for their own uniforms and work off the clock.</p><p></p><p>“These unlawful practices have flourished in part because most of the workers are so financially vulnerable that they are afraid to lodge the claims on their own behalf,” says attorney Joe Sellers, who’s handling similar lawsuits in California and New York.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:34:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 16848 at http://michiganradio.org Fast-food workers file class-action lawsuits against McDonald's in Michigan US judge in Iowa dismisses `popcorn lung' lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/us-judge-iowa-dismisses-popcorn-lung-lawsuit <p>SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge in Iowa has dismissed a Michigan couple's lawsuit that claimed butter flavorings in microwave popcorn left the husband with lung disease.<br /><br />U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett ruled Tuesday that Michigan's three-year statute of limitations barred the lawsuit brought by David and Barbara Stults of Grand Rapids.<br /> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 16:21:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15824 at http://michiganradio.org US judge in Iowa dismisses `popcorn lung' lawsuit Judge fights ruling against her in custody lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-fights-ruling-against-her-custody-lawsuit <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area judge wants a federal appeals court to intervene in a lawsuit linked to the accidental consumption of alcohol by a child at a Detroit Tigers game.<br /><br />The parents of Leo Ratte are suing Judge Judy Hartsfield. In 2008, the 7-year-old boy was temporarily removed from them when his father mistakenly gave him Mike's Hard Lemonade at Comerica Park.<br /> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:25:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15825 at http://michiganradio.org Judge fights ruling against her in custody lawsuit Arab-American group sues bank for closing accounts based on race, religion http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-group-sues-bank-closing-accounts-based-race-religion <p>The Arab-American Civil Rights League says hundreds of Arab-Americans received letters from <a href="https://www.huntington.com/">Huntington Bank</a> this year explaining that their accounts have been closed, shut down or terminated.</p><p>No reason was given for closing the accounts, and no other link exists between the private and business account holders, except that they are all Arab-American owned accounts.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:39:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13501 at http://michiganradio.org Arab-American group sues bank for closing accounts based on race, religion Judge dismisses lawsuit over Flint's city water rates http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-dismisses-lawsuit-over-flints-city-water-rates <p>An effort to roll back Flint’s recent spike in water and sewer rates has failed.</p><p></p><p>On Friday, a Genesee County Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Flint.</p><p></p><p>Flint's city council president sued, after the mayor, then later the state appointed emergency manger, increased city water and sewer rates. The increases effectively doubled the rate for city water customers</p><p></p><p>City leaders claim the rate increase was needed to pay for rising water system expenses.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:52:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13198 at http://michiganradio.org Judge dismisses lawsuit over Flint's city water rates Dow Chemical plans to appeal a big class action suit decision http://michiganradio.org/post/dow-chemical-plans-appeal-big-class-action-suit-decision <p>A federal judge has slapped Midland-based Dow Chemical with a billion dollar judgment in a price fixing case. The company allegedly colluded with its competitors to fix the price of urethane.</p><p>The collusion allegedly occurred between 1998 and 2003. Urethane is used in automotive, construction, appliance and furniture products.</p><p>In February, a jury turned in a 400 million dollar verdict against Dow Chemical. This week, a federal judge tripled the penalty to $1.2 billion.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Dow plans to appeal the verdict. BASF, Huntsman International and Lyondell Chemical Company have already reached out of court settlements with the plaintiffs. Fri, 17 May 2013 03:43:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 12617 at http://michiganradio.org Dow Chemical plans to appeal a big class action suit decision Ford owners sue, saying EcoBoost engine defective http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-owners-sue-saying-ecoboost-engine-defective <p>DETROIT (AP) - Three Ohio drivers are suing Ford Motor Co., claiming the company's six-cylinder EcoBoost engine is defective.<br><br>The lawsuit says the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine can shudder, shake and rapidly lose power while drivers are trying to accelerate. It says more than 100 drivers have complained about the engine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<br><br>Ford has been selling vehicles equipped with the V6 EcoBoost since 2009. The engine is used on the F-150 pickup, Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans and the Explorer, Flex and Lincoln MKT utilities.<br> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:54:06 +0000 The Associated Press 12569 at http://michiganradio.org Birmingham Schools Face Lawsuit Over Fees http://michiganradio.org/post/birmingham-schools-face-lawsuit-over-fees <p>A lawsuit filed against Birmingham Public Schools says the district is violating state policy which bars mandatory special fees. &nbsp;<br><br>Gym clothes, combination locks, and student planners are all common purchases for back to school shoppers.<br><br>But the lawsuit, brought by parents of a sixth grader in Birmingham, says the district cannot require these annual purchases.&nbsp; Wed, 02 Jan 2013 22:43:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10596 at http://michiganradio.org Birmingham Schools Face Lawsuit Over Fees Michigan Supreme Court hears medical marijuana cases http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-hears-medical-marijuana-cases <p>The future of medical marijuana dispensaries and growing cooperatives are on the line with two cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. The court heard arguments on those cases Thursday.</p><p>Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully said the medical marijuana act does not allow dispensaries where patients can share marijuana with each other.</p><p>“The act clearly delineates two methods in which a qualified patient may obtain their marijuana—they may grow it themselves or they may designate a caregiver to grow it for them,” Scully said.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:40:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 9461 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court hears medical marijuana cases Former Flint mayor challenges $4.5 million legal judgement in court http://michiganradio.org/post/former-flint-mayor-challenges-45-million-legal-judgement-court <p>Former Flint Mayor Don Williamson is suing the city after officials demanded that he pay out $4.5 million awarded to police officers in a 2011 discrimination suit.</p><p>Williamson is arguing that city officials violated his constitutional rights when they asked a judge to require the former mayor pay the sum, Kristin Longley of the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/10/ex-mayor_don_williamson_sues_c.html">Flint Journal</a> reports:</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:50:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9347 at http://michiganradio.org Former Flint mayor challenges $4.5 million legal judgement in court Michigan prison inmate owes $353 after losing teeth trial http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-prison-inmate-owes-353-after-losing-teeth-trial <p>MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan inmate who blamed prison officials for his bad teeth has another cavity to fill: a $353 bill for his failed lawsuit.<br><br> A judge has ordered Jerry Flanory to pay for transcript costs, copy fees and a nominal $20 for the state's cost of the one-day trial. The money will go to the state of Michigan.<br><br> Flanory claimed his teeth and gums suffered because he was cut off from toothpaste at a prison in the Upper Peninsula. The state denied the allegations and said the Flint man had only five teeth when he entered prison.<br> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:13:01 +0000 The Associated Press 9297 at http://michiganradio.org Mitch Albom, charity sued over Haiti orphanage http://michiganradio.org/post/mitch-albom-charity-sued-over-haiti-orphanage <p>PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Operators of a Haiti orphanage are suing journalist Mitch Albom and one of his charities, claiming the best-selling author broke terms of an agreement about running the orphanage after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.<br><br> The Caring and Sharing Mission charity and its Inkster, Michigan founder, the Reverend John Hearn, filed a lawsuit in a Pontiac court this week claiming the Detroit Free Press columnist and his A Hole in the Roof Foundation didn't follow an operating agreement they entered into with the Port-au-Prince mission after the quake.<br> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:12:52 +0000 The Associated Press 9201 at http://michiganradio.org Mitch Albom, charity sued over Haiti orphanage Parents sue Michigan DHS over special needs children http://michiganradio.org/post/parents-sue-michigan-dhs-over-special-needs-children <p>Michigan’s Department of Human Services is being sued for failing to disclose to parents that their adoptive children had special needs and therefore qualified for federal aid.</p><p>David Kallman is an attorney representing 8 families in the case.&nbsp; He says because they didn’t know their children had disabilities, so they missed a deadline to claim these benefits for their adopted children, and are now struggling with major medical bills.<br><br>He says the families love their kids and want to help them.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the expenses are decimating them.</p><p>A spokesman for DHS says they can’t comment on the case, since the suit won’t be filed until tomorrow, but that they investigate all allegations into wrongdoing.</p><p><em>- Chris Edwards, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:21:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9056 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge refuses to halt UP mine construction http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-refuses-halt-mine-construction <h1 class="entry-title">U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell has refused to halt construction of a nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.</h1><p>In an order signed today, Bell rejected a request by the Huron Mountain Club, a private sportsmen's group, to stop work on the mine while the club's lawsuit works its way to trial.</p><p>The exclusive club owns about 19,000 acres of forest land in the Upper Peninsula's Marquette County, including an 11-mile stretch of the Salmon Trout River, according to the AP.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:49:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8449 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge refuses to halt UP mine construction Federal court reinstates lawsuit over Flagstar stock http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-court-reinstates-lawsuit-over-flagstar-stock <div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><p>Some current and former employees will get another chance to pursue a lawsuit against Flagstar Bank over company stock in their <span class="itxtrst itxtrsta itxthookactive" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; text-decoration: underline; border-bottom: 0.2em solid darkgreen; padding-bottom: 1px; color: darkgreen; background-color: transparent;"><span class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w0" style="background:transparent; font-size:inherit; font-weight:inherit; color:darkgreen;">retirement</span><span class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w1" style="background:transparent; font-size:inherit; font-weight:inherit; color:darkgreen;"> </span><span class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w2" style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: darkgreen;">accounts</span></span>.</p><p>A federal appeals court has reinstated the case in Detroit federal court. The Troy-based bank is blamed for offering Flagstar stock to employees at a time when the bank was in perilous shape.</p><p>Flagstar&#39;s stock price lately has been under a dollar, compared with nearly $15 in 2007. The court says the lawsuit raises a &quot;plausible claim&quot; that Flagstar breached its fiduciary duty to employees during that time.</p><p>The bank has said workers made their own <a class="itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook" href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120724/BUSINESS06/120724003/Federal-court-reinstates-lawsuit-over-Flagstar-stock?odyssey=nav%7Chead#" id="itxthook1" rel="nofollow" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; text-decoration: underline; border-bottom: 0.075em solid darkgreen; padding-bottom: 1px; color: darkgreen; background-color: transparent;"><span class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook1w0" style="background:transparent; font-size:inherit; font-weight:inherit; color:darkgreen;">investment</span></a> decisions.</p><p>Flagstar recently announced its first profitable quarter since 2008. It has 111 branches in Michigan. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:39:29 +0000 The Associated Press 8412 at http://michiganradio.org Federal court reinstates lawsuit over Flagstar stock Michigan Catholics sue Obama administration over birth control mandate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-catholics-sue-obama-administration-over-birth-control-mandate <p>The Michigan Catholic Conference has filed a lawsuit in federal court to block an Obama administration rule that requires employer health plans to offer contraception coverage. The Catholic church opposes birth control.</p><p>The Catholic Conference offers health coverage to about 10,000 employees and their dependents at Catholic parishes, schools and charities across the state.</p><p>Paul Long is the president of the Michigan Catholic Conference.</p><p>&ldquo;Inasmuch we provide this benefit, this mandate would be very restrictive upon us,&quot; Long said. &quot;We felt that we needed to act in a way that was in keeping with who we are and being able to continue to provide the plan that we&rsquo;ve always provided.&rdquo;</p><p>The lawsuit says the contraception requirement violates the church&rsquo;s religious freedom. It was filed at a federal court in Ohio. Franciscan University of Steubenville-Ohio is also part of the lawsuit. Mon, 21 May 2012 19:02:08 +0000 Rick Pluta 7551 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Catholics sue Obama administration over birth control mandate A roundup of stories in our "Cancer & Environment" series http://michiganradio.org/post/roundup-stories-our-cancer-environment-series <p>This past week, Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="http://environmentreport.org/"><em>The Environment Report</em></a> brought us <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/topic/cancer-environment-searching-answers">a special series</a> looking at the connections between cancer and the environment.</p><p>Producers looked at our current understanding of how the chemicals in our lives affect us, how neighbors in the White Lake area in West Michigan are mapping cancers, how some mothers in St. Clair County are asking why their children developed a rare type of cancer, how fights over potential carcinogens play out in court, and what scientists are doing to unlock the secrets of our genes.</p><p>They also collected stories of courage and warmth from those people affected by cancer around Michigan and posted their stories on a <a href="http://cancermi.tumblr.com/">Tumblr page</a>.</p><p>And finally, people were <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/live-web-chat-talking-about-cancer-our-lives">invited to ask questions in a &quot;live-chat&quot;</a> with a noted expert on how some toxic substances might affect our health, Dr. Arnold Schecter of the University of Texas.</p><p>Here is a roundup of the stories produced for this series: Fri, 09 Mar 2012 22:27:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6574 at http://michiganradio.org A roundup of stories in our "Cancer & Environment" series Twelve bucks for a Snickers? I'll see you in court! http://michiganradio.org/post/twelve-bucks-snickers-ill-see-you-court <p>A Livonia man has filed suit against a Detroit-area AMC movie theater over what he believes to be excessively high snack bar prices.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120304/NEWS06/203040519/Filmgoer-takes-stand-on-costly-snacks-sues-AMC-Livonia-theater?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">David Ashenfelter of the the Detroit Free Press reports</a> that Joshua Thompson, a security technician and movie buff decided to pursue legal action after paying $8 for a Coke and a box of Goobers candy at the AMC Livonia theater recently.</p><p>According to Ashenfelter,&nbsp; Thompson is seeking refunds for concession stand customers along with payment of a civil penalty by the theater for what he considers to be a violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 20:09:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6542 at http://michiganradio.org Twelve bucks for a Snickers? I'll see you in court! Lawsuit seeks Michigan auto injury claims data http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-seeks-michigan-auto-injury-claims-data <p>CORRECTION: An earlier version of&nbsp;this story reported that the MCCA fee is&nbsp;$145 per&nbsp;driver.&nbsp;It is, in fact,&nbsp;$145 per insured vehicle. If you own, and insure, two cars, the fee would be&nbsp;$290.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A coalition of trial lawyers, unions and victim advocates is going to court seeking data on accidents and insurance payments.</p><p>Lawmakers who want to change Michigan&rsquo;s no-fault insurance system say the current system is unsustainable. But fans of no-fault say the data will show the system is financially sound.</p><p>The problem is the information is held by an industry group that does not want to release the information. The group sets an annual assessment on drivers to pay the health care bills of the most-critically injured people.</p><p>&ldquo;This knowledge is being hidden from us, from the Legislature, from the public,&quot; said&nbsp;George Sinas, a personal injury attorney who opposes plans to change no-fault. &quot;We are deeply committed in this lawsuit in seeking an end, in seeking a lifting if you will of this shroud of secrecy.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sinas says the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association should be forced to release the information because it was created by the Legislature, and because every driver has to pay the fee.</p><p>But&nbsp;the insurance industry disagrees.</p><p>&quot;The MCCA is not a public body,&quot; said&nbsp;Pete Kuhnmuench, president if the Insurance Institute of Michigan, an industry association. &quot;It&rsquo;s not even a policymaking body. It&rsquo;s a payment mechanism. It collects assessments from insurance companies and then it reimburses insurance companies for expenses they have relative to a private contract.&rdquo;</p><p>Kuhnmuench says state insurance regulators make sure the MCCA assessment is fair and that consumers are protected. The MCCA assessment on every insured&nbsp;vehicle in Michigan is $145&nbsp;this year.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:58:26 +0000 Rick Pluta 5905 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit seeks Michigan auto injury claims data Former students sue Cooley Law School for misrepresentation http://michiganradio.org/post/former-students-sue-cooley-law-school-misrepresentation <p>The legal battle between Lansing-based law and some of its former students has deepened. <a href="http://www.cooley.edu/">Cooley Law School</a> has been sued by four of its former students for claiming false job placement statistics. They say Cooley is misrepresenting data to improve the school&rsquo;s image and get more students. Cooley sued the law firm representing the students last month for defamation. <a href="http://www.kurzonstrauss.com/">Kurzon Strauss</a> law firm in New York had several online advertisements looking for information about Cooley and other law schools misrepresenting job placement numbers.</p><p>Jesse Strauss is a lawyer at Kurzon Strauss. He says their posts requesting information about Cooley were not defamatory.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We regard the Thomas Cooley suit as a pure intimidation tactic &ndash; to sort of make us go away and stuff our investigation,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The whole suit is about our investigation. The postings that they point out were made when this firm was seriously contemplating litigation against them. We believe they are well aware of that.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>James Thelen is an associate dean at Cooley. He says in an email that the students&rsquo; allegations are &ldquo;completely baseless.&rdquo;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We will vigorously defend this lawsuit and continue to pursue the defamation and other legal claims we filed against the Kurzon Strauss firm last month,&quot; Thelen said.</p></blockquote><p>A similar lawsuit has been filed against New York Law School by three former students with Kurzon Strauss.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter &ndash; Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:21:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3692 at http://michiganradio.org Former students sue Cooley Law School for misrepresentation