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It just seems like everyone is moving downtown. I want to move downtown. Maybe I’ll see you down there. In any event, let’s talk about more landlord-tenant lease agreements and their terms and conditions. Obviously, you should always look to your own lease, but these are common provisions you should know about. If you don’t

Well, considering Michigan just got slammed with yet another snowstorm that I had the pleasure of shoveling, I figured it would be entirely relevant to talk about the landlord-tenant relationship. Who should shovel? This might seem like a silly question, but remembering that America honors the freedom to contract, this is totally relevant in a

Michigan Pothole Woes

Monday, 17 February 2014 by

I feel like all you hear about lately are potholes: potholes here, potholes there, potholes are everywhere. But what gives? And who is responsible? Generally speaking, the owner of the road is responsible for potholes, but it’s not always so easy to point the figure of liability because oftentimes the system has been set up

What are the legal consequences of giving a gift? In honor of everyone’s favorite February holiday, let’s talk about it. If you’re thinking about tying the knot, this Michigan Court of Appeals case says it all when it comes to giving an engagement ring — and when the transaction goes horribly wrong: In sum, we

Appropriation: This is when the defendant (person you’re suing) has used your likeness and profited from it. It’s like taking your photo and using it in a commercial without your consent. Intrusion: This is a highly offensive invasion of your physical seclusion, and it requires a reasonable expectation of privacy. Wiretapping is a prime example.

Why is the 1st Amendment So Important?

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 by

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. That’s the first amendment. It’s such a small amount of

This week Goodwin and Scieszka is talking about the United States constitution, which is made applicable to the states via the due process clause of the 14th amendment. Let’s talk about the 4th amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall

The ever-present, often overlooked piece of paper that’s been running this country since September 17, 1787. Have you ever read the constitution? This week Goodwin and Scieszka is going to break down some of the constitution’s key provisions to give you a better understanding of how this amazing country functions. Article I sect. 8 of

Considering how many car accidents I saw driving into work yesterday, I thought it would be a good idea to refresh your memory about Michigan’s No Fault key provisions. What is covered under the No-Fault act? The act covers “ownership, operation, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle means any vehicle with

Landlord Tenant Tort Liability

Thursday, 06 February 2014 by

At common law, before Michigan adopted statutes and codified law in this area, a landlord owed no duty to a tenant’s invitees. Meaning, landlords were completely free from liability. They merely owned the land they rented and if someone was injured on the property, then it was the person in legal control of the property