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Amanda Narvaes

Amanda P. Narvaes, a Partner, joined Drew Cooper & Anding in 2011. Ms. Narvaes is a civil litigator in the areas of complex commercial litigation, lender liability, copyright litigation, and consumer protection. She graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in history. She earned her law degree at WMU-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and received Cooley’s Distinguished Student Award. Ms. Narvaes represents clients before Michigan trial courts across the state and in the Michigan Court of Appeals, and before the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Narvaes has been a guest speaker in Ron Foster’s “Litigation for Paralegals” class. Ms. Narvaes discusses differences between Federal civil discovery rules and Michigan civil discovery rules.

Domestic Uniform Rental Loses at Michigan Court of Appeals

Last year I resolved a case against Domestic Uniform Rental involving its standard contract, which contains a mandatory arbitration clause. On January 22, 2013 the Michigan Court of Appeals, in a case titled Fuego Grill, ...

Have you been served with a Federal Subpoena or Summons by Attorney Jonathan Tappan on behalf of “AF Holdings LLC?”

I have become aware of an internet patent “trolling” case captioned “AF Holdings LLC v. Matthew Ciccone” and filed in the Eastern District of Michigan. The company AF Holdings claims to own the copyright to ...

SEC Issues First Annual Report on Whistleblower Program

On November 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued its first ever Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program for the fiscal year 2012. The report summarizes steps taken by the Office of the ...

Thanks to Whistleblower, Experienced Construction Contractor Caught Defrauding the Government

On October 1, 2012, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered an opinion which will no doubt serve as a warning to government contractors--that companies doing government work must play by the government’s rules and ...

“Who do you work for?”: When Independent Contractors become Employees

So many problems in the law arise out of the struggle to define words. Common words signifying simple ideas in the mind of a layperson often stir titanic semantic struggles in court. The meaning of ...

New Law Requires Establishment of Specialized “Business Dockets”

On October 16, 2012, Governor Snyder signed into law HB 5128, sponsored by Rep. John Walsh, as Public Act 333 of 2012. The Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a group of ...

Bradley Birkenfeld Has Had His Ups and Downs: The Government Threw Him in Jail, and then Gave Him a Hundred Million Bucks

As April 15th approaches each year, most Americans turn to the serious work of preparing their tax returns. Some of us have at least briefly entertained the idea of fudging a number, hoping that the ...

“Qualified Mortgage” Regulation Debate Continues

In early July, Congress continued to scrutinize the ongoing struggle to reform lending practices in the wake of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. That legislation created the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was ...

ACA’S Medicaid Expansion Upheld by the Supreme Court

On June 28, 2012, public attention to the United States Supreme Court swelled, as that eminent body handed down its landmark decision in Natl. Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 567 U. S. ____ (2012). ...

Seventh Circuit Victory for Qui Tam Relators

Keen and watchful citizens who become aware of possible Medicare billing fraud face a difficult road if they wish to bring a qui tam action on behalf of the government.  A quick scan of many ...