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Employment Non-compete Agreements: Enforceable in Michigan if Reasonable

Some Michigan employers use the tactic of attaching non-compete agreements to offers of employment. A non-compete agreement is a covenant that prohibits an employee from working for certain competitors over a given period of time after the employment relationship with the current employer ends. When an employee signs a non-compete agreement, it provides a distinct advantage to the employer. The non-compete contract limits the employer’s competition by restricting the future employment op ...

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What are Contingency Fees?

What is a contingency fee and how does it work? It’s not uncommon for potential legal clients to inquire about contingency fees. Basically, clients want to know what they are and how they work. A contingency fee is one pricing method used by lawyers to bill their clients. Under a contingency fee agreement, a lawyer (or law firm) does not collect a fee from the client unless the lawsuit is successful (or is favorably settled out of court). Contingency fees are usually calculated as a perce ...

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Arbitration Clauses Limit Consumer Rights

Have you been charged fees for unwanted/unselected services by your cable or cell phone provider? Have you ever been cheated out of proper compensation by an unsavory employer? If so, your consumer protection case may never have its day in court—thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, issued in 2011, which dramatically changed American citizens’ ability to access justice through the courts. Customers forced into arbitration The heart of th ...

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What to Expect When Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Getting Started Each personal injury case is unique in character, yet most lawsuits follow a similar pattern of procedures. This article discusses the basic, typical steps to expect when pursuing a personal injury claim. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else, you should meet with an attorney. Most personal injury attorneys provide free initial consultations to accident victims, but you should contact the attorney’s office in advance and ask about their policy ...

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Michigan Buyers: Beware of Weak Consumer Protection Laws

State consumer protection laws provide the main lines of defense for consumers against deceptive, predatory and/or unscrupulous business practices. Michigan was an early leader in consumer protection. In 1962, Michigan was the first state to establish a statewide Consumer Protection Division in the Attorney General’s office. Expanding upon those efforts in 1977, the state Legislature enacted the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA). At the time, the MCPA was one of the most powerfu ...

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