Nassar Plaintiffs’ Lawyers DQ’ed From Sex Abuse Trial

Michigan State University won a bid on Friday to disqualify the Nichols Law Firm PLLC from representing women who claim they were sexually abused by former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar when a federal judge ruled that Nichols’ representation of another school employee who once defended Nassar’s conduct created a conflict of interest…

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Ford Gets Copyright Claims Nixed In Software IP Row

Ford Motor Co. won a bid to kill Versata Software Inc.’s claims that the automaker’s copying of the software company’s files constituted copyright infringement when a Michigan federal judge on Tuesday tossed that aspect of a larger fight over the rights to the code…

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Scene of Midwest’s Worst Oil Spill – Sleepless Nights and Black Goo

As we neared Marshall, Mich., where the largest oil spill ever in the Midwest occurred late last month, we noticed a cardboard box by the side of the road. Scrawled across it was “Oil Spill Donations Here.” It rested beside a large tent with a mountainous collection of bottled water and a few dozen buckets of Tide. Piles of old towels, rags and linens lay in the parking lot along with a collection of tanks and animal cages…

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