Daily Briefs

Groups accuse Flintof violating legal settlement over water

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Plaintiffs in a landmark legal settlement related to Flint’s lead-tainted water are accusing the city of failing to comply with the deal and are asking a federal judge to enforce it.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan made the motion Wednesday night on the behalf of pastors and residents. They say Flint officials have made it impossible to monitor compliance with the court-ordered agreement from March, which requires the replacement of up to 18,000 lead or galvanized steel pipes and the installation of faucet filters.

The motion accuses Flint of a “pattern of nonresponsiveness, delay and noncompliance” with required information-sharing. The plaintiffs say they went to the judge as a “last resort.”

A message seeking comment was left Thursday for Flint’s spokeswoman.


Kalamazoo man pleads guilty in slaying of elderly neighbor

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the beating death of his elderly neighbor.

MLive.com reports Thursday that Todd Maneke’s plea agreement came Wednesday in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court and calls for a prison sentence of 15 to 20 years.

Alfred Minka was found dead in August 2013 on the floor of his Kalamazoo apartment. Forensics experts testified that the 88-year-old Minka had been hit in the back of the head several times with a hammer or similar object.

Maneke was on trial in September, but a judge declared a mistrial because she learned several jurors had researched the case outside of what was presented in court. Maneke’s new trial was scheduled to start next month.


Oakland County Bar Association Tax Law Seminar January 18

The OCBA presents a tax law seminar, “Tax Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions,” from  5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at the OCBA Offices, 1760 South Telegraph Rd. in Bloomfield Hills.

The seminar will cover basic tax considerations for attorneys and CPAs engaged in mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types and sizes. The panel of noted tax attorneys will cover the differences between stock and asset deals, taxable vs. non-taxable transactions, and deal structure. Refreshments are sponsored by the Young Tax Lawyers Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.

Cost if pre-registered is $40 for OCBA members; $30 for OCBA new lawyers (P75866 and above), paralegals and students; $60 for all non-members. Cost at the door is $50 for OCBA members; $40 for OCBA new lawyers (P75866 and above), paralegals and students; and $75 for all non-members.

Register online at www.ocba.org.