Columns

Want to go nowhere in negotiations? Just let the 'commitment to decision' harden

April 24, 2017

Richard Hurford Richard Hurford Dispute Resolution Services, P.C The well recognized psychological phenomenon known as “commitment to decision” or “escalation of commitment” poses a significant challenge to decision makers and negotiators. ...

A 'Wonder'ful outcome at the Supreme Court

April 24, 2017

By Marie E. Matyjaszek You may recall a previous column about a young girl named Ehlena Fry, and her fight against Napoleon (Michigan) Community School’s refusal to allow her service dog, Wonder, to assist her while obtaining her education. Her family ...

The FDCPA - what you don't know can hurt you

April 24, 2017

Jillian K. Farrar Underberg & Kessler For attorneys attempting to collect non-commercial debts for their clients, familiarity with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is essential. The unwary attorney serving as a “debt collector” ...

'Wild Ride' for a stately thoroughbred farm

April 24, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief Her name was Bertha Wright and she was my ticket to a front row, finish line seat to the Kentucky Derby, long known as the “fastest two minutes in sports.” When we met in the mid-‘80s, Mrs. Wright was ...

Key IP challenge in auto industry: protecting software technology

April 24, 2017

Jake Grove Howard and Howard Your car now is filled with computer technology. It runs dozens of computer modules with sophisticated computer files including both software and data files.  The computer modules control your automatic transmission shifting, ...

The Ingham County Bar Foundation: Where does the money go?

April 24, 2017

Tom Woods Cummins Woods The Ingham County Bar Foundation began in 2002 as an IRC 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization to enable lawyers and others to join in an effort to provide access to justice, expand legal services to the public, promote legal education, ...