Daily Briefs

Holiday Hours
The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
On Wednesday, Dec. 26, Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28, the court will be open for essential services only, including criminal arraignments, probation violation, failure to appear warrants, personal protection orders, parental waivers, and other emergency civil and family division matters. The County Clerk’s office will be open to accept civil and domestic relations pleadings and new case filings from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on those days.
The court will be closed on Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in observance of New Year’s Eve and and New Year’s Day, and will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The emergency procedure that is posted in the Detroit Legal News every Friday should be followed for any after-hour emergency matter.

USPTO to host Saturday seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Saturday Seminar at the Detroit satellite office on Saturday, Dec. 15. Representatives from the Detroit satellite office and the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va., will conduct an all-day workshop for inventors and entrepreneurs. The free event will provide valuable information about various types of intellectual property protection, the patent process, and patent searching. A representative from the Department of Commerce's BusinessUSA initiative will also be on hand to discuss BusinessUSA’s “no wrong door” approach for small businesses and exporters and provide an overview of the services the program offers. There is no fee to register, but space is limited. For more information and to register, call 866-767-3848. The office is located at 300 River Place South, Suite 2900, Detroit, 48207.

Man returning from cruise arrested for child support charge

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last Tuesday announced the arrest of a Colorado man on an outstanding felony warrant for failure to pay child support.
 Craig Northup, 42, of Aurora, Colorado, is charged with two counts of failure to pay child support, a four year felony, for allegedly owing a total of $73,385.76 in child support to two Michigan children.
“If you flee the state in an effort to avoid your child support obligations, we will find you and set things right,” said Schuette.
Northup was arrested by U.S. Customs Agents in Miami on Dec. 3 after returning from a four-day cruise to the Bahamas.  Arrangements are being made for Northrup to be arraigned on the Michigan charge as soon as possible.
Custodial parents currently not receiving support may file an online request for review by Schuette’s office at www.michigan.gov/ag

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