Daily Briefs (Dec 27)

Area woman to chair national committee for settlement group
Christine Logan, executive vice president of American Settlement Centers in Farmington Hills, recently was appointed chair of the National Structured Settlements Trade Association Political Action Committee.

A member of the PAC board for two years, Logan is the first Michigan resident to serve as committee chair. She also is a member of the NSSTA Education Committee, which plans and organizes three national educational programs each year.

NSSTA represents settlement specialists, casualty insurance companies, self-insured entities, life insurers, attorneys, and others who serve defendants and plaintiffs involved in personal injury claims. Its PAC is an “adjunct group that is squarely focused on promoting to members of the U.S. Congress the value and security structured settlements provide,” according to Logan, who has spent 22 years in the field of settlement consulting.

“There are two sections of the Internal Revenue Code that are vital to structured settlements because they allow the income of such settlements to flow to the recipients on a tax-free basis,” Logan explained.

The NSSTA PAC, Logan indicated, is “charged with educating and supporting members of Congress, particularly those who sit on the powerful House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, about the necessity to preserve the tax-free status of these types of settlements.

“It’s vital that we build awareness of the serious issues confronted by injury victims and their families so that they remain protected by the current tax code provisions,” Logan said.

A resident of Waterford and the mother of two, Logan graduated from Michigan State University in 1991 with a degree in communications. She serves on the board of the West Bloomfield Educational Foundation and Lighthouse PATH, an Oakland County organization dedicated to the cause of helping homeless women and their children.

Labor and Employment Law Committee to hold boxed lunch Jan. 12
FBA Labor and Employment Law Committee, following its well received “doubleheader” format, is hosting “Two Important Topics and a Boxed Lunch,” in Room 115 of the Levin Courthouse Jan. 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. This year’s topics are Federal Summary Judgment Standards and Motions and Facilitating Settlement in the Federal System.

Attendees will hear judges and experienced practitioners offer advice on key employment practice issues. The Summary Judgment Panel will convene at 1 p.m. and includes: Judge Marianne O. Battani, Judge Robert H. Cleland, Kathleen L. Bogas and Joseph A. Ritok, Jr. The Settlement Panel will convene at 2:00 p.m. and includes: Magistrate Judge Virginia M. Morgan, Deborah M. Barno (Supervisory Trial Attorney for the EEOC’s Detroit Field Office), Joseph A. Golden, and Gregory V. Murray. Robert M. Vercruysse will moderate the panel discussions. Registration is $25 for FBA members; $35 for non-members. The program begins with a box lunch at 12:30 p.m. (included in the registration fee). Registration is available at www.fbamich.org. For further information, email fbamich@fbamich.org or call Gregory Murray at 248-540-7024.