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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Communications Law for Michigan on
Q: Is a parent allowed to take a 15 year olds cell phone that the other parent purchased as form of punishment
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 18, 2019

Absent some court order to the contrary, while exercising parenting time, the parent may decide if and when the child has access to a cell phone.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Communications Law for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan, is it legal to record then publish phone conversation I am a party to without the consent of the other?

I purchased an item from a dealer who misrepresented the item and began lying about that misrepresentation the minute my check was cashed so I began recording conversations with them without their consent. I want to put these recordings in reviews online and give to the corporation/ brand of... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Aug 27, 2018

Your question raises a couple different issues, so I'll break it down in parts.

(1) Is it illegal to record the phone call?

No, probably not. A person can record a phone conversation in Michigan, if the person recording the call is a participant in the phone call and the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Communications Law and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Freelance client is months behind payments and requiring digital account access prior to paying. What are my rights?

After six months trying to arrange a payment schedule as promised by client, the client requested more work prior to pay. I declined and offered a payment schedule. Point person misunderstood and responded by dissolving business relationship and demanding digital web/email account access... Read more »

Carrie A. Ward
Carrie A. Ward answered on Feb 28, 2018

Do you have a written contract with the client? If so, you should examine the terms of any default provisions. If you do not have a contract, it is a trickier situation and you probably have the right to terminate the contract without further liability to the client. However, you need to examine... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Mergers & Acquisitions for Michigan on
Q: is it illegal for a news company to distribute fake news? Is it illegal for private individuals to distribute fake news?
Glenn B. Manishin
Glenn B. Manishin answered on Feb 15, 2017

No and no. Individuals may have a right to sue and recover for libel/defamation however if named in and injured reputationally by fake new stories.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I sent a google doc to my brother. His wife, who he is in the process of divorcing and is physically seperated from,

him opened the document without his permission and deleted it. Do I have a case against her for deleting and reading my private document to him?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 28, 2016

I don't see it.If they both had access to the email and he never changed his password, it's not the US mail she interfered with.

The document itself is an electronic copy so it's not as if she destroyed something irreplacable.

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