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MAJ offers Workers’ Comp/Social Security Seminar on January 17

The Michigan Association for Justice will host a daylong Workers’ Compensation/Social Security Seminar on Friday, Jan. 17 at Four Points by Sheraton in Novi.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the seminar starts at 9 a.m.

Topics to be covered include legislative developments, traumatic brain injuries and neuropsychological evaluations, national workers’ compensation issues, employment law matters and Social Security disability insurance appeals.

A view from the Supreme Court will be presented by Justice Megan Cavanagh.

Rates to attend (if registered by Jan. 2) are $195 for MAJ members, $100 for MAJ student and paralegel members, $155 for MAJ members practicing 3 years or less, $100 for MAJ sustaining members, $375 for non-MAJ members (includes digital handbook).

To register, visit www.michiganjustice.org.


House supports 10 percent raise for Supreme Court justices

LANSING (AP) — The state House voted this week to approve a 10 percent pay increase for state Supreme Court justices, backing a recommendation made by a compensation commission.

If the raise also is endorsed by the Senate, justices’ salary would rise from $164,610 to $172,841 in 2021 and to $181,483 in 2022. It would be the first raise in nearly 20 years.

Supporters said the hike is necessary because Michigan’s roughly two-dozen Court of Appeals judges, whose pay is tied to increases typically given to all state employees on an annual basis, will soon be paid more than the seven justices.

In May, the State Officers Compensation Commission recommended five percent pay raises in 2021 and 2022. The panel previously suggested increases in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, but the recommendations did not advance in the Legislature.

The House used a voice vote to pass a resolution approving the $16,873 raise.

In its report to lawmakers, the commission said the justices’ salaries rank 35th-lowest in the country. Chief Justice Bridget McCormack noted the effect of inflation and how other judges and state workers had received cost-of-living raises since 2002.


Kentucky police seize air fryer containing 20 pounds of meth

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It may be the holiday season, but police confiscated an unusual gift being delivered to a Kentucky man's home — a package with about 20 pounds of meth that was shipped through the mail inside of an air fryer.

Narcotics officers were able to intercept the parcel containing about $100,000 worth of drugs, Louisville Metro police said in a Facebook post.

The package was delivered to a suspect’s home where officers obtained a search warrant to collect it, the Major Case Unit confirmed to news outlets. The suspect wasn’t home at time of seizure.

Photos posted by the police department show at least seven packages of drugs wrapped in plastic alongside the Hamilton Beach brand air fryer and the box it came in.

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