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I drove past a gas station in my neighborhood today, and I was surprised to see that the price for a gallon of regular gas is north of $3.10, considering last week the price was right around $2.65. Turns out, these prices are fallout from a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the biggest refined products pipeline in the United States. Ransomware is now the biggest cybersecurity concern for chief information security officers around the globe, who say they are unprepared for an attack. Experts are convinced that with the transition to remote work and digitization in all industries, cyberattacks will grow . In October,  Seyfarth Shaw LLP  and  ...
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new   Gatherings and Face Mask Order   effective May 15, 2021, through May 31, 2021, replacing the   previous order . The new order completely exempts fully vaccinated persons from the mask mandate and does not require unvaccinated persons to wear masks outdoors. The MDHHS also issued the following supplemental materials: a   Choosing Safer Activities   infographic,   Large Outdoor Events Guidance , and   Interim Guidance for Athletics . It is important to note, however, that the   Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) emergency rules   are still in effect ...
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new   Gatherings and Face Mask Order   effective May 6, 2021, through May 31, 2021, replacing the   previous order . The new order is largely the same as previous orders but loosens some mask requirements and gathering restrictions. The MDHHS also issued the following supplemental materials: a   Choosing Safer Activities infographic , a   capacity limits fact sheet , and   Large Outdoor Events Guidance . May 6 MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order Updates Highlights of the May 6 order include the following (items in   bold   indicate provisions not in the previous order): A ...
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We recently started holding informal Zoom sessions to give ICLE Community members a chance to ask questions of each other or discuss current practice issues. We’ve covered the Clean Slate legislation, landlord-tenant issues, and, most recently, marijuana topics with John Fraser of Grewal Law (and Council Chair of the SBM Cannabis Law Section), Michelle Donovan from Clark Hill, and Ben Sobczak and Jerome Crawford from Pleasantrees. Here’s a taste of what we discussed during our most recent Community Zoom:  Adult-use licensing . We talked about the sale and transfer of adult-use licenses and related issues to consider. Adult-use licenses can be transferred, ...
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new   Gatherings and Face Mask Order   effective April 19, 2021, through May 24, 2021, replacing the   previous order . The new order is largely the same as previous orders but includes several new provisions regarding gatherings of public bodies and masks for young children. The MDHHS also issued the following supplemental materials: a   capacity limits fact sheet ,   Enhanced Outdoor Stadium and Arena Guidance ,   Dining Guide , and   FAQs . April 19 MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order Updates Highlights of the March 19 order include the following (items in   bold   indicate ...
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Michigan Supreme Court Orders The  Michigan Supreme Court  has issued 21 administrative orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are summarized below by topic. Many of the administrative orders listed here reference executive orders issued by Governor Whitmer. However, in  Midwest Inst of Health, PLLC v Governor of Michigan  (In re Certified Questions from the United States Dist Court) ,  No 161492 , ___ Mich ___, ___ NW2d ___ (Oct 2, 2020), the court unanimously held that Governor Whitmer did not have the authority under the Emergency Management Act of 1976 (EMA),  MCL 30.401 et seq. , to declare a “state of emergency” or “state of disaster” ...
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On October 14, 2020, the director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity promulgated   COVID-19 emergency rules   pursuant to   MCL 24.248 , effective through April 14, 2021. On April 10, 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the rules for an additional six months, until October 14, 2021. The emergency rules apply to all employers covered by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and “establish requirements for employers to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among employees.” The rules include requirements for COVID-19 preparedness and response plans, infection ...
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Networking can feel daunting, even in the best of times. Layer on the fact that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, and many of our usual opportunities for networking—in-person conferences, bar association happy hours, lunches—have stopped over the past thirteen months. It can be downright discouraging. Despite the challenges, there are still ways to effectively grow your professional network in the virtual environment if you’re willing to give them a try. Explore opportunities within your current network. Chances are you already belong to a state bar section, a local bar association, a legal practice area organization, or a community group. Start there. ...
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On March 27, 2021, President Biden signed into law the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act of 2021 , Pub L No 117-5, 135 Stat 249 (2021). It was a culmination of the bipartisan efforts of Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Grassley (R-IA) to extend key COVID-19 bankruptcy relief provisions under the March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) from their original March 27, 2021, sunset date to March 27, 2022. The CARES Act provision that increased the maximum debt threshold for Subchapter V small business debtors from $2,725,625 to $7,500,000 will continue for another year, thus allowing more small businesses to reorganize under the ...
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The PPP Extension Act of 2021, Pub L No 117-6, 135 Stat 250 (2021) , signed by President Biden on March 30, 2021, extended the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to June 30, 2021. The application deadline is now May 31, 2021. The deadline applies to both first-time applicants and second-draw borrowers. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has an additional 30 days to process applications received by May 31. The PPP Extension Act does not provide any additional funding for the current round of the PPP. At the current lending rate, the SBA could exhaust its existing appropriations by mid-April. From January 11 to March 21, the SBA had approved more than 3.1 ...
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On March 28, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an   order   extending its   January 29 order , halting certain residential evictions through June 30, 2021. The new order cites 42 CFR 70.2 as authority. The order’s stated objectives are as follows: mitigating the spread of COVID-19 within shared living settings or through unsheltered homelessness mitigating the spread of COVID-19 from one state or territory to another mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily suspending the eviction of a covered person from residential property for nonpayment of rent supporting response efforts to COVID-19 at the federal, state, ...
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Now that it has been well over a year into the implementation of the new Michigan Court Rules on civil discovery , effective January 1, 2020, I thought it was time to check back in with some of our contributors to see how things are going. (For some of their very early impressions, see this post from around this time last year.) COVID-19 impact and streamlined processes When assessing initial implementation issues with the new rules, few could have imagined the additional complications the COVID-19 pandemic would create in the court system and lawyers’ day-to-day interactions. However, the increased planning and streamlining opportunities in the ...
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Michigan Supreme Court Orders The  Michigan Supreme Court  has issued 20 administrative orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are summarized below by topic. Many of the administrative orders listed here reference executive orders issued by Governor Whitmer. However, in  Midwest Inst of Health, PLLC v Governor of Michigan  (In re Certified Questions from the United States Dist Court) ,  No 161492 , ___ Mich ___, ___ NW2d ___ (Oct 2, 2020), the court unanimously held that Governor Whitmer did not have the authority under the Emergency Management Act of 1976 (EMA),  MCL 30.401 et seq. , to declare a “state of emergency” or “state of disaster” ...
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On March 19, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new   Gatherings and Face Mask Order , effective March 22 through April 19, 2021, replacing the   previous order . Among other things, the new order increases outdoor stadium and arena capacity and requires COVID-19 testing for youth athletes ages 13–19. The MDHHS also issued the following supplemental materials: a   capacity limits fact sheet ,   Enhanced Outdoor Stadium and Arena Guidance ,   Dining Guide , and   FAQs . March 19 MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order Updates Highlights of the March 19 order include the following (items in   bold   indicate provisions ...
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After months of debate regarding the federal government’s third round of COVID-19-related economic stimulus, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), Pub L No 117-2, 135 Stat 4 (2021), into law on March 11. As we summarize below, the ARP will provide federal dollars through a wide range of channels, including individual stimulus checks, funds for state and local governments, COVID-19 testing and vaccines, education, small businesses, and anti-poverty programs, including three expanded tax credits. $1,400 Individual Stimulus Checks Among the funds distributed by the ARP, the largest portion, more than $400 billion, is allocated ...
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Established local Law firm is looking to provide office space and opportunities for two attorneys looking to grow and expand, the following are provided: Private office space with desk, office equipment and supplies Reception area for client(s) with sofa and led tv. Utilities provided and included Kitchen area with beverages Waiting area for client(s) Use of commercial copier Conference room to meet client(s) with led tv. Free parking up to 19 cars Convenient location in Monroe not far from the courthouse Free business marketing and advertising to build your practice Referral of client(s) to help build your practice Wifi and internet ...
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With the onset of COVID-19, law firms have had to adapt their practices on the fly for getting, working with, and retaining clients.  From enhanced client safety measures to creative client engagement, here are some tips every firm can use. Increased Client Communication .  Law firms want to keep client communication “clear and consistent” during this uncertain time, comments Bobby Ravan in Tips to Minimize the Impact of COVID-19 on Your Law Firm .  “Your clients are under duress, not only from their legal matter, but also from the current state of the world. Be their anchor of support and reaffirm your law firm’s commitment to providing them with reliable ...
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On March 2, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new   Gatherings and Face Mask Order , effective March 5 through April 19, 2021, replacing the   previous order . The new order allows more people to gather at a time, both indoors and outdoors in a variety of contexts, and allows 50 percent dining capacity at restaurants. The MDHHS also issued the following supplemental materials:   Capacity Limits Fact Sheet ,   Social Gathering Guidance ,   Outdoor Seating Enclosures , and   FAQs for the order . March 5 MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order Updates Highlights of the March 5 order include the following (items ...
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On March 2, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an  order , effective immediately under the Public Health Code setting out protocols for visitation to address the threat to public health caused by COVID-19. This order rescinds and replaces an order issued on December 8, 2020.   Testing. Testing is required before indoor visitation at all facilities, except it is not required for window visits end of life visits visitors younger than 14 years old (however, all individuals 13 years old or older who are visiting indoors in nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care facilities licensed to care for 13 ...
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My wife’s college friend is “in a war with the month of February”—those dark days of winter that try to bring us all down. In her eyes, February wins if more bad things than good happen in a day. For me, February was pretty nice this year, but we are still in a pandemic, the vaccine rollout is slower than expected, and we just hit a milestone of 500,000 deaths. Folks who have been struggling with addiction are “ relapsing left and right ” with treatment centers closing due to the pandemic. In addition, most 12-step programs have gone online or remote. We’ve got Zoom fatigue . We are anxious, depressed and traumatized . We are socially distant and socially ...
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