Daily Briefs

Halloran to attend course by National Judicial College

Wayne County Circuit Judge Richard Halloran, who has recently become Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, will be attending the course Current Issues in the Law presented by the National Judicial College. The course will occur in Washington, DC from Oct. 30 - Nov. 3. One of the highlights of the course will be sitting in on oral arguments in front of the U.S.  Supreme Court on Tuesday, Nov. 1.


Butzel Long hosts reception during MASB Conference Nov. 10

Butzel Long is hosting a reception in conjunction with the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Annual Leadership Conference from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 in the firm’s Detroit office, located at 150 West Jefferson.

Attorney Michael R. Griffie is host of the event. Griffie has a unique background combining both education and law. He has a decade of  K-12 public education experience encompassing teaching and school leadership.

Butzel Long has a long and strong history of providing counsel to employers in all aspects of school-related law including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations municipal bonds and real estate.

To register online, visit https://www.butzel. com/event. For inquiries, contact Jocelyn Pomar­anski at (313) 225-7075 or email at pomaranski @butzel.com.


Judge: Flint residents’ lawsuit against state allowed to move ahead

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has ruled in favor of Flint residents who sued the state over the city's man-made lead-tainted water crisis, rejecting a motion to dismiss the lawsuit entirely.

In an order made public Thursday, Court of Claims Judge Mark Boonstra said the plaintiffs can proceed on two counts: injury to bodily integrity; and inverse condemnation, which lets people seek compensation for property damage and reduced home values. He tossed two others counts.

Boonstra says the residents' allegations of mismanagement and a cover-up "shock the conscience" and represent a constitutional violation. He rejected a contention that state-appointed emergency managers didn't act as state officials in Flint.

Boonstra says the state alone would be accountable for any damages because Gov. Rick Snyder and the managers were sued in their official capacity.