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Sexual-harassment case against billionaire developer dropped

DETROIT (AP) — A flight attendant who claims billionaire developer A. Alfred Taubman sexually harassed her has dropped her lawsuit after just two weeks.
Nicole Rock withdrew her case last Friday in Detroit federal court. There was no explanation in the one-sentence statement filed by attorney Tom Warnicke.
Warnicke told The Associated Press recently in an email that his office will not comment on the case.
Rock says Taubman repeatedly groped her, forcibly kissed her and attempted to perform oral sex on her while she worked on his private plane. She says she worked for Taubman in suburban Detroit for six years until 2011. Taubman said the allegations are untrue.
Rock says she was granted short-term leave due to stress, anxiety and depression caused by the 88-year-old Taubman. The lawsuit had sought $29 million.

Young Lawyers Section seeks award nominees

The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel is accepting applications for the Seventh Annual Young Lawyers Section Golden Gavel Award, which will be presented June 22, 2013 during the MDTC Awards Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville.
Attorneys are invited to submit a nomination, with particular emphasis on the enumerated criteria. Letters of recommendation are welcomed.
Candidates need not be a current member of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. However, each nominee must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan, and serve as a defense counsel.
The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Jan. 10. For a nomination form, visit www.mdtc.org or e-mail info@mdtc.org.

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.


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