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 Gvo. Snyder signs bill on restitution in cases where victim later dies

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that requires criminals to continue to pay restitution in cases where a victim later dies.

The governor’s office says Tuesday’s signing updates the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim Rights Act to require remaining restitution payments be made to a victim’s estate. Snyder says in a statement it’s a “common-sense bill that will help victims' families get the justice they deserve.”
Snyder on also signed two other bills.

One allows homeowners to request a principal residence property tax exemption for any year that such an exemption erroneously was not included on the tax roll. The other clarifies that historic agricultural application of fertilizer, soil conditioner, manure, pesticide, crop residuals, crop processing byproducts or aquatic plants doesn't constitute a contaminated site.

Kramer named in Managing Intellectual Property’s ‘Top 250 Women in IP’ in U.S.

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn attorney Anessa Kramer, a partner in the firm’s Trademark and Copyright and the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Groups, has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property in its publication IP Stars 2013 “Top 250 Women in IP” and is one of only three attorneys in Michigan to receive this recognition. The list identifies the leading women IP attorneys across the United States based on more than 1,000 interviews and surveys by partners and law firms nationally.  
“This is a well-deserved recognition of Anessa, and we are pleased to see that Honigman and its attorneys continue to receive national recognition in one of the firm’s fastest growing practice areas,” noted Honigman’s Chairman and CEO David Foltyn. “Honigman has been recognized as one of the country’s 50 best law firms for women by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC and we are thrilled to see one of our female partners receive recognition for being at the top of her field.”  

Kramer represents a number of owners of well-known brands, counseling them on issues such as global clearance and filing strategies, IP management, trademark enforcement and litigation, and trademark licensing. She also has experience with cutting-edge areas of trademark law, including trade dress protection, dilution and anti-cybersquatting. Kramer has handled well over 100 U.S. trademark oppositions, and is a frequent speaker and author on IP issues. 

Kramer earned a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School and a B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University.