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October 2012 Archives

Michigan township faces second lawsuit from towing company

A township in Michigan is the target of two separate lawsuits filed by competing towing contractors. Both companies accuse the township of breaking its business contracts. The first claim was filed in June of 2012 when Nightingale Services sued Michigan's Shelby Township for breaching their contract and denying the company due process. Four months later, Utica Van Dyke Services filed a similar lawsuit, claiming that the township dissolved a contract from 2009 and awarded it to Nightingale amidst political pressures.

Michigan company sues Facebook over button idea

A Michigan based company claims that Facebook's new "Want" button closely mirrors a button and associated service it has marketed for over two years. The company has filed a lawsuit against Facebook with a Flint federal court, claiming the social media giant's introduction of the button infringes on its trademark and has created confusion among consumers.

Lawsuit against Michigan bank could affect other cases

A 2011 lawsuit against Michigan's Flagstar Bancorp is scheduled to go to trial, with some experts saying the case could have broad repercussions on a number of other pending claims. An executive with the plaintiff said a "big win" would be threatening for defendants in similar cases, likely prompting to them to "get really interested in getting a settlement achieved." The plaintiff has launched similar claims against JPMorgan, Credit Suisse and several other prominent banks.

Timetable for Chrysler-Fiat merger unaffected by lawsuit

A planned merger between Michigan's Chrysler Group and Fiat, Chrysler's current majority owner, will not be affected by a lawsuit concerning the companies. Fiat currently owns 58.5 percent of Chrysler but encountered resistance from the Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association, Chrysler's minority owner, to its offer to purchase an additional 3.3 percent stake in the company for $139.7 million. Fiat has filed a lawsuit against VEBA in effort to resolve the issue, but insists that the lawsuit is "completely separate" from its plans to acquire the entirety of Chrysler.

Fired Michigan man cannot sue employer

According a ruling handed down by a U.S. appeals court, a Michigan man who lost his job at a Wal-Mart after testing positive for cannabis may not sue the company for wrongful discharge. Although the man legally purchased the cannabis with a medical marijuana card, the court found that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act does not affect the rules and regulations of a private business. The ruling was based on the court's interpretation of specific statement in the law.

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