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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Michigan on
Q: Can an employer say that I voluntarily resigned from my job when I did not? They fired me.

I was forced to transfer to a larger site with no pay increases at the beginning of May with one days notice. The staff at the site was calling me racially charged names and had gotten into altercations with each other that included guns. All these things were reported to my supervisor. Nothing was... View More

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answered on Jun 15, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. If your employer is claiming you voluntarily resigned when you did not, this could be a serious misrepresentation of your employment status. It's important to document all communications and incidents, including emails and reports you made to your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Tax Law for Michigan on
Q: Despite Prop Regs 1.1402(a)-2(h)(2)(i), could we argue, in Michigan, that my wife DOES NOT have liability, and is a LP?

Putting 26 CFR § 1.469-5T(f)(3) & IRS Pub. 925 aside:


My wife & I own 50/50 an LLC. I am the Member-Manager; my wife has no authority in the LLC, as stipulated in the Operating Agreement.

Consider: 26 CFR § 301.7701-3(b)(2)(ii): …A member has personal liability if... View More

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answered on May 25, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems like you are trying to argue that your wife should be considered a limited partner (LP) in your Michigan LLC, despite owning a 50% interest, because she has no management authority and Michigan's common law system may protect her personal assets from... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: Is governing agency in violation of: 750.478 willful neglect of duty; public officer or person holding public trust or e

State regulatory agency failed to inform complainant of status of complaint, denies any duty to inform law enforcement in perjury and or criminal activity of licensee (funeral director & informant) Funeral director failed to notify next of kin & get authorization, refused to give next of... View More

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems there may be potential violations of Michigan law 750.478, which states:

"When any duty is or shall be enjoined by law upon any public officer, or upon any person holding any public trust or employment, every willful neglect to perform such...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: My dte bill accumulated to about 8800 dollars over the year, and I haven't been able to make a payment arrangement with

My dte bill accumulated to about 8800 dollars over the year, and I haven't been able to make a payment arrangement with dte because they have made unrealistic demands in the past for me to make 50 percent down as a payment into a payment plan. Now my power has been cut and they will not... View More

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

Facing a large utility bill without a feasible way to pay can be incredibly stressful, especially when the service is essential, like electricity. Utility companies do have the right to require payment for services rendered and can disconnect services for non-payment. However, they are often also... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Does an heir fit the legal definition as successor in the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (EXCERPT) Act 442 of 1976?

(b) A nonprofit organization formally designated by the state to carry out activities under subtitle C of the developmental disabilities assistance and bill of rights act of 2000, Public Law 106-402, and the protection and advocacy for individuals with mental illness act, Public Law 99-319, or... View More

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answered on Jan 27, 2024

In the context of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the specific excerpt you're referring to, the term "successor" generally relates to an entity or organization that takes over the roles or functions of another, rather than an individual heir in the traditional sense of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: What are my options when my FOIA request was approved, but not in my possession/delivered?

My first FOIA request was denied. Two years later my second FOIA request was approved 12-5-23 once I included I have a constitutional right to receive the information, however she said I had to pick it up. 1-9-24 I inquired why I haven't been contacted to pick it up, I was told that it was... View More

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

In your situation, where a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request was approved but the documents haven't been delivered as promised, you have several options to consider.

First, it's advisable to contact the agency that approved your request to inquire about the delay. Ask for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Internet Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: Do I need to register as a scrap dealer in Michigan if I am an LLC. Can I be exempt as a corporation?

I live in Cedar Springs, Michigan. I am a traveling coin and bullion dealer and am a registered LLC and would like to buy scrap gold and silver from the public. My registered business address is my home and I would be buying from the public (using cash) outisde of my home. Am I required to obtain a... View More

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answered on Nov 23, 2023

Under the Michigan Precious Metal and Gem Dealer Act, businesses engaged in buying precious metals and gems from the public are generally required to obtain a certificate of registration. This requirement applies irrespective of the business structure, be it an LLC, a corporation, or any other... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Employment Law, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Michigan on
Q: What do I do If I'm being trademarked by a company without proper agreement?

I claim to be the original Bruce Wayne.

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answered on Sep 21, 2023

If you believe that a company is attempting to trademark your name without your consent, you should consult with a trademark attorney to assess the situation and explore potential legal actions. Trademarks are typically granted for commercial use, so if you're not using your name in a way that... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Employment Law, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Michigan on
Q: What do I do If I'm being trademarked by a company without proper agreement?

I claim to be the original Bruce Wayne.

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answered on Sep 17, 2023

Procedure for federal trademark registration includes publication after approved by the examining attorney, then a 30 day period in which formal oppositions may be filed. The opposer is given an opportunity to assert priority of use to that of the applicant. Even if you don't ultimately... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Banking, Business Law and Insurance Defense for Michigan on
Q: Mortgage company forcing me to pay for their inspection on an insurance claim to release insurance check.

The current mortgage company acquired my loan a few years ago as the original lender sold it off. I have never been late, have a credit score of well over 800, paid extra over the years, and have 23 months until the loan will be satisfied. As such I have over 90% of the equity (even by the... View More

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Jul 11, 2023

What does your mortgage say? IF it says they can randomly require you pay for inspections, then yes, they can do what you describe. If it says they can force you to pay for inspections whenever work is done on the property that too is something they can do.

If it doesn't say that,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: I am in a partnership dispute. I am a member of a 50/50 partnership. We both agree to dissolve the company.

Are there any case law for me to ask for a non-compete or moratorium for both of us not to be able to use the existing customers of the business for a certain amount of time?

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answered on May 26, 2023

Good question. These items that you wish to have, such as a non-compete or a non-circumvention agreement, are documents that should really be agreed to up front at the time you and your partner did your initial business deal - so PRIOR to the actual dissolution of a company and not during a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Videographer creating ads for another company's safety product?

I am a videographer and run my own videography company. If I promote a safety product (film ads and take photos) for another company's product to be released on their social media, and that safety product ends up not being what is stated unbeknownst to me and it ends up failing and hurting... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 14, 2023

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. In a setting like this, there are no guarantees as to who a potential plaintiff would name in a lawsuit. If someone is merely inserting a script that the client provided without knowledge, that would probably be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: I am the Receptionist and Personal Assistant to the CEO of a clinic. The CEO assigned Closing notes to me

The CEO has told me to go into her login, correct the notes and then sign off of them electronically. These are patient notes. I discussed this with my former supervisor and she explained how this was illegal. I need advice as I’ve closed dozens if not hundreds of notes for her.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 11, 2023

I think you need to address your concerns to your current CEO. Your CEO may be unaware that what she's asking you to do is unlawful, and will hopefully appreciate you bringing this to her attention. She may also know it is permissible and be able to explain to you why it is. Either way, your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Banking and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Are there any licences/regulations required for personal finance websites w/affiliate links for loans, credit card, etc?

Curious about starting a website like Nerdwallet or Bankrate.com, where we write articles about financial products/services and have affiliate links to personal loan companies, credit cards, insurance, investments, loans, etc. We wouldn't provide any goods/services ourselves, but would just... View More

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow
answered on Apr 7, 2023

This is not legal advice.

Perhaps. There certainly are regulations that personal finance websites must follow when selling or promoting financial investments and tools. You may consider investigating whether or not the website is required to disclose any material connections or financial...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I owned a business, our bank without notices or court order froze our bank account, this closed the business immediately

The company was not behind on payments and not out of formula on credit line, I cannot talk to our loan officer and bank attorney will not provide any info

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on Jan 10, 2023

Not a lot of detail in this question. A lawyer will need a lot more to provide you with your best legal options. However, my suggestion would be to immediately file a complaint with the CFPB. Your bank will have to respond, and this action may allow for a resolution. To the extent you later file a... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: Hello I had somebody give me money to start a business that never got off the ground.

Business never got into full swing. Problems on top of problems and no more money to continue forward. It never got off the ground, am I required to give the money back ? I never signed anything and only talked about hoping it would be successful. It never made it to an official business and it was... View More

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answered on Jan 6, 2023

Hi, keep in mind that in addition to written agreements, there are also verbal agreements that may be legally enforceable, provided there is an offer, an acceptance, and consideration. Whether you are required to return the funds depends on what were the terms of the agreement.

The other...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Is is illegal to say, click here for coupon and it is only an ad, no discount is given? I can forward you the email.

"Your coupons have been updated online"

"View Download or save your offers".

" GET YOUR COUPONS" (click here)

But there is no coupon.

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

It is illegal to send deceptive emails claiming there are coupons or discounts available when in fact none are provided. This would likely be considered false or misleading advertising.

In the United States, the CAN-SPAM Act prohibits the use of deceptive subject lines, from names, reply-to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Does a Michigan LMSW-C interested in forming a private practice that offers multispeciality services need a LLC or PLLC?

Does a Michigan LMSW-C interested in forming a private practice that offers multispeciality services (i.e. lactation, training, consultation) need a LLC or PLLC?

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Mar 18, 2024

If the LLC Is going to offer services for which a license is required, it must be a PLLC. MCL 450.9201, 9202.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: Can the family of someone who sued a company file their own suit even after the original plaintiff is deceased?
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answered on Oct 20, 2023

Generally speaking, 'Yes' provided that an estate for the decedent is opened and the personal representative of the estate decides to pursue or continue the lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: If a job does random drug testing, do they have to inform you about it upon hiring in Michigan?

Obviously if a job does random drug tests, they don’t have to give you a warning of when they are going to do them. More or less wondering that if random testing is part of the job, If they have to tell you up front

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 25, 2023

I do not believe so, but I think most employers do include a disclosure such as "may be subject to random drug testing".

Certainly worth the ask up-front if it's a concern for you.

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