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COVID-19 and Criminal Law: Q&A with Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson

​ D.J. Hilson has been the Muskegon County Prosecutor since 2013 and served as an assistant prosecutor for 13 years. He recently addressed how his office has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. How is the COVID-19 crisis affecting new cases coming into your office? What about existing...


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Michigan Court Changes Due to COVID-19 – Updated 5/19/20

Michigan Supreme Court Orders The Michigan Supreme Court has issued 15 administrative orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are summarized below by topic. July 2020 Bar Exam AO 2020-15 , dated May 18, 2020, details changes to the July 2020 bar exam format. The exam will...


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Michigan Court Changes Due to COVID-19 – Updated 5/7/20

​ Michigan Supreme Court Orders The Michigan Supreme Court has issued 14 administrative orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are summarized below by topic. Continued Status Quo and Phased Return AO 2020-14 , dated May 6, 2020, advises trial courts to consider...


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COVID-19: Michigan Temporary Extensions of Freedom of Information Act Deadlines

As anticipated, on April 5, 2020, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-38 suspending “strict compliance” with the required response periods under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 1976 PA 442, as amended, MCL 15.235(2), 15.240(2) and 15.240(a)(2). Mich Exec Order...


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Recent Executive Order Focuses on Michigan Employers

On Friday, April 3, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-36 . This recent Executive Order focused primarily on the employment setting and also stressed that those who have been infected or in close contact with someone who was infected, stay home unless absolutely necessary and...


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DIFS Identifies Title Companies, Inspectors, Appraisers, Surveyors, Registers of Deeds and Notaries as Critical Infrastructure Workers

On March 30, 2020, the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) issued two bulletins interpreting Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-21. Executive Order 2020-21 states that some workers in the financial services sector are considered critical...


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Payments Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) ACT

On March 27, 2020 the House passed and the President signed into law the CARES Act intended to provide economic and financial relief to American families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. A key component of the Act will be the almost immediate payment of income tax credits that...


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COVID-19 and Business Income Insurance: Can Business Owners who are Forced to Close or Limit Their Operations Recover Their Income Losses?

Over the past week, I have received many calls from business owners asking if they may recover business income losses because they have been forced to temporarily suspend or limit their business operations due to COVID-19. The answer is simple: it depends. It depends on the language in their...


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Tax Provisions Included in the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes many provisions affecting taxes. Individual-Related Provisions Rebates Individual taxpayers will receive up to $1,200, for filing statuses of single or head of household, or $2,400 for married filing jointly,...


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Small Business Administration Provisions Included in the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) allocates $349,000,000 to emergency loans and grants from the Small Business Administration (SBA). It includes several new loan provisions: Paycheck protection program Available to businesses, nonprofits, and sole...