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Michigan man faces litigation over Twitter name

A Michigan man faces a lawsuit from popular Michigan restaurant chain, Halo Burger, after he refused to stop using and relinquish his "@haloburger" Twitter user name. The man, who claims to be a fan of the restaurant, reportedly adopted the online handle in 2009. Halo Burger contends it was forced to pursue liability after the man said he would not hand over the handle without payment. The lawsuit asserts that the man "squatted the Halo Burger name" on Twitter with the intent to extort money from the business.

FirstMerit Corp. approves purchase of Michigan bank

Shareholders with an out-of-state financial institution recently approved a plan to acquire the Michigan--based Citizens Bank. Citizens' own shareholders are expected to approve the deal during an upcoming meeting, which would effectively complete the company's sale to FirstMerit Corp.

Michigan start-up service seeing rapid growth

A Michigan-based start-up service aimed at increasing agriculture productivity is quickly attracting clients just months after it was launched. Two Michigan men, 23 and 24, started the company after graduating from college in 2011 and living for several months in Silicon Valley in 2012. The pair launched FarmLogs, a set of digital tools designed to help farmers manage their businesses, after relocating to Michigan. The business already has paying customers on six continents and $1 million from investors like Detroit's First Step Fund and Ann Arbor's Huron River Ventures.

Michigan restaurant owner and builder dispute contract

Picketers are protesting outside of a newly opened Michigan eatery over unpaid wages, but the restaurant's owner contends that their complaints are misguided. While the protestors assert that the owner failed to pay them their wages for their work remodeling the restaurant, the owner says the issue at hand is a business contract between him and the protestors' employer.

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