Michigan

Lying in the sixth Federal Circuit, Michigan is located in the Great Lakes Region/Midwestern portion of the United States. Its capital city is Lansing and the largest city is Detroit, often referred to as The Motor City. It is the only state which consists of two peninsulas in the US, the lower and upper peninsulas (referred to as the U.P). The state has the largest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision worldwide, as it is surrounded by four of the five great lakes, and Lake Saint Clair. The state has nearly 65,000 inland lakes & ponds, making it one of the most popular states for boating and water-recreation.

Today, the state of Michigan is driven by a diverse economic-base. It is known as the automotive center of the US. It is also a popular tourist destination, with a major portion of the state’s economy being driven by tourism-dollars. The economy is also driven by trade, imports and exports, high-technological advances, manufacturing, and services. Agriculture, including apple orchards, are also a major driver in the state’s economy.

Michigan allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.  The government has three branches: the executive branch, led by the governor, the legislative branch with a bicameral house and a judicial branch with a court of justice.

The Michigan legislature is one of ten full-time legislative bodies in the nation.  It is divided into the upper and lower houses, and the role of the legislature is defined by Article IV of the state’s constitution, and legislative acts are published in the Acts of the Legislature and codified in the Michigan Compiled Laws.

The executive branch of Michigan consists of four elected officers: the governor, the lieutenant governor, the secretary of state and the Attorney General.  The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor are elected on the same ticket. The Attorney General is the state’s chief law enforcement officer and the Secretary of State and its department handles automobile-related licensing, elections and record holding.  Term limits of two terms per elected official were put in place in 1993.

The Michigan Judicial branch is headed up by the Michigan Supreme Court, which administers the other courts in the system: the Michigan Court of appeals, circuit courts and district courts and other administrative and specialized courts.   

The Michigan Supreme Court has elected members who are elected on non-partisan ballots for eight-year terms.  Appellate court, circuit court and district court judges are also elected, for terms to six years.  Any vacancies to the bench are filled by the Governor.

Michigan is home to the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, which are major in-state rivals. Additionally, Michigan is home to several law schools, including: Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Lansing, MI), University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, MI), University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (Detroit, MI) and Wayne State University Law School (Detroit, MI).

The National Law Review covers various cases, new legislation, and important stories which occur in the state of Michigan. Immigration cases, tax legislation, litigation at the state and federal level, news from the automotive industry, and general agency-related news, are among the stories covered on the site. Visitors can read about the latest news and updates in employment law, and the state’s economy on the National Law Review.

Date Title Organization
26
Feb
New Prevailing Wage Requirements for Charter School Construction Projects Miller Canfield
19
Feb
Michigan Adopts New Prevailing Wage Requirements for Public School Construction Projects Miller Canfield
12
Feb
Municipal Retirement Boards and Joint Energy Boards May Now Hold Electronic Meetings Under the OMA Miller Canfield
12
Feb
Reminder: Michigan's Repeal of Right-to-Work Becomes Effective Feb. 13 Barnes & Thornburg LLP
9
Feb
Trending in Telehealth: January 29 – February 5, 2024 McDermott Will & Emery
31
Jan
USDA Awarding $19 Million in Grants to U.S. Business Owners to Increase Access to Clean, Affordable Domestic Biofuels Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
29
Jan
Downstream Breaches Cause Headaches for Healthcare Providers, as State AG Seeks Law Change to Require AG Notification Jackson Lewis P.C.
22
Jan
Under the Regulatory Microscope: Private Investment in Health Care-Related Entities Varnum LLP
12
Jan
12 Days of Handbook Updates: Remote Workers Barnes & Thornburg LLP
10
Jan
New Michigan Law: Act 312 Compulsory Arbitration to Now Include Higher Education Police Officers Miller Canfield
5
Jan
What Are Your Rights if EGLE or EPA Suspects Contamination at Your Property? Varnum LLP
4
Jan
Michigan Agency Amends Guidance on Air Hazards at Underground Storage Tank Sites Barnes & Thornburg LLP
4
Jan
Michigan Property Owners Entitled to Surplus Value When Foreclosed Property Transferred to Land Bank, Court of Appeals Rules Miller Canfield
3
Jan
Arbitrator's Power to Alter Discipline Affirmed by Michigan Court, with a Caveat on CBA Clarity Miller Canfield
11
Dec
State and Local Hourly Minimum Wage Rate Increases are “Coming to Town” on January 1, 2024 Polsinelli PC
7
Dec
ADA Speed Bump Ahead: Steer Clear of Eliminating Essential Functions Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
6
Dec
Expanded Permitted Uses for School District Sinking Funds Miller Canfield
5
Dec
Foley Automotive Update December 5, 2023 Foley & Lardner LLP
1
Dec
Sweeping Changes to Michigan Election Law Enacted in Advance of the 2024 Contests Miller Canfield
27
Nov
Michigan Governor Whitmer Signs into Law Major K-12 Teacher Performance Evaluations Reforms Miller Canfield
20
Nov
Michigan Adopts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act Varnum LLP
17
Nov
Trending in Telehealth: November 8 – 14, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
16
Nov
Michigan’s Legislature Makes Renewable Energy Goals a Reality Varnum LLP
16
Nov
Michigan Tax Tribunal Holds That Parent Properly Excluded its Wholly Owned Subsidiary from its Unitary Business Group Return Blank Rome LLP
13
Nov
Michigan's Right-to-Work Repeal Now Effective Mid-February Barnes & Thornburg LLP
10
Nov
Trending in Telehealth: November 1 – 7, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
2
Nov
Michigan PFAS Drinking Water Case Is Appealed CMBG3 Law
2
Nov
Whose Risk? Impossibility and Frustration of Purpose in Michigan Leases Miller Canfield
2
Oct
New Technical Assistance Resources: If You Are Not Shovel Ready, Here’s How to Start the Process Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
2
Oct
Key Impacts and Strategies for Suppliers Affected by the Ongoing UAW Strike Foley & Lardner LLP
12
Sep
Foley Automotive Update September 12, 2023 Foley & Lardner LLP
24
Aug
PFAS Rulings in South Carolina & Michigan Shine a Light on the Fact We Have No Idea What Removing PFAS From Our Environment is Going to Cost Mintz
23
Aug
Michigan PFAS Drinking Water Proposal Struck Down CMBG3 Law
20
Aug
Michigan Court of Appeals Protects Act 345 Health Care Funding for Retired Police Officers and Firefighters Miller Canfield
16
Aug
Legal Rights When EGLE Requests Removal of Sandbags on the Great Lakes Shorelines Varnum LLP
10
Aug
Protecting Your Investment from Costly Building Code Violations Following Galvan Ruling Miller Canfield
4
Aug
It’s Not So Obvious Anymore: Michigan Supreme Court Overturns Three Decades of Premises Liability Law Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
4
Aug
Michigan Supreme Court Delivers Good Tax News for Michigan Businesses, Bad News for Out-of-State Companies Miller Canfield
4
Aug
Property Owners: Don't Let Michigan's New Slip-and-Fall Case Law Trip You Up Miller Canfield
1
Aug
Employment Tip of the Month – August 2023 Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
26
Jul
Michigan Supreme Court Expands Parental Rights of Same-Sex Parents Varnum LLP
21
Jul
Auto Supply Chain Rocked: Michigan Supreme Court’s Decision Impacts Enforceability of Blanket Purchase Orders Barnes & Thornburg LLP
15
Jul
Michigan Supreme Court Overrules Longstanding Interpretation of “Blanket” Purchase Orders for Supply Contracts Foley & Lardner LLP
14
Jul
Michigan Supreme Court Modifies Requirements for Blanket Purchase Order Language Varnum LLP
14
Jul
New Michigan Supreme Court Ruling: A Must-Read for All Automotive and Manufacturing Companies Miller Canfield
10
Jul
Michigan Supreme Court Limits Applicability of Usury Savings Clauses Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
3
Jul
Michigan Legislature Passes Package of Bills Implementing Proposal 2 Miller Canfield
28
Jun
Federal Court Deals with Personal Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Issues Foley & Lardner LLP
28
Jun
Michigan Supreme Court to Hear State’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws Battle Jackson Lewis P.C.
26
Jun
Michigan Is the Latest Jewel in the CROWN Act Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
 

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