Daily Briefs June 21

Path is clear for new trial in teacher's death
COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — A Branch County man convicted of killing his wife on their young son’s birthday will get a new trial after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to take an appeal from the prosecutor.

Tom Foley says he has new evidence that wasn’t presented at trial. He says new witnesses will say they saw a strange vehicle at his home around the time of Dee Dee Foley’s fatal shooting in 2009 in Branch County's Girard Township in southern Michigan.

Dee Dee Foley was a popular teacher in the Union City school district. Tom Foley was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but the trial judge and appeals court have granted him a new trial.

In an order released Saturday, the Supreme Court says it won't intervene.

Broken ankle, truck get Mich. court’s attention
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court wants to know more about a Macomb County case in which a woman successfully sued her insurance company after breaking her ankle outside her parked truck.

The court might consider whether it was appropriate for Mona Lisa Frazier to be awarded benefits under her policy with Allstate Insurance. She says she fell on ice while trying to close the passenger door.

The Supreme Court wants to consider three issues, including whether Frazier’s injury was the direct result of contact with equipment permanently mounted on the truck. That’s a key point under Michigan law.

The trial judge and the Michigan appeals court say a door qualifies.

Allstate says it doesn’t believe Frazier was touching the door when she fell.

Miller Canfield hosts Indian auto executives
The law firm of Miller Canfield hosted a delegation of executives of Indian automotive component suppliers at the Troy Marriott Hotel in Troy on June 7.

The delegation was organized by India’s Automotive Component Manufacturing Association (ACMA) and was in the U.S. to explore further business collaboration with the North American automotive industry.

ACMA is the key trade association for the Indian automotive component industry and is actively involved in the formulation of policies pertaining to the Indian automotive industry. ACMA represents more than 600 Indian automotive component manufacturers.

Miller Canfield’s Automotive Group and India Team presented an overview of doing business in North America and how to acquire and establish business operations in North America.

The India Team at Miller Canfield represents companies doing business with, in and from India and the U.S. The India Team is based in the firm’s New York Office and also includes lawyers from the firm’s offices in Detroit, Chicago and Canada. Lawyers qualified to practice in the U.S., India and other foreign jurisdictions provide global business services including establishing operations, investing in emerging enterprises, or outsourcing products and services in India.

While the firm’s services include cross-border M&A, private equity, capital markets, debt restructuring, and general corporate advisory work relating to India, no U.S. law firm, including Miller Canfield, is authorized to practice law in India.

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