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Domestic Uniform Rental Loses at Michigan Court of Appeals

On January 22, 2013 the Michigan Court of Appeals, in a case titled Fuego Grill, LLC and Samuel Alvarado v. Domestic Uniform Rental held that courts, not the arbitrator, are able to decide the existence of the contract to arbitrate.

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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 “Sexual Obsessions,” a pornographic movie. Their attorneys employed a computer forensics expert to identify IP addresses (specific numbers assigned to computers connected to the internet) at which someone allegedly downloaded the movie in violation of the copyright.

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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.

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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 be scrupulous in documenting their compliance.

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

What is an "employee?" While the simple answer is that an employee is somebody who is employed to work for an employer, the law differentiates between an “employee” and an “independent contractor.” Determining if you are an employee or an independent contractor makes a difference in most areas of law relevant to workers: contracts, tax law, workers’ compensation, wage and hour laws, and other laws created to protect employees.

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