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Supreme Court Rules That 'Scandalous' and 'Immoral' Names Can Be Trademarked

June 23, 2019

In a 6-3 ruling decided Monday, the Supreme Court struck down the Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) ban on “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, calling it a violation of free speech

The ruling was decided by a mix of liberal and conservative justices. Kagan, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh all voted in favor.


Michigan Supreme Court won’t upset major ruling on prisoner rights

June 17, 2019

The Michigan Constitution says “no person shall be denied the equal protection of laws” when receiving a public service.

The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for prisoners to sue the Corrections Department for alleged civil rights violations.
Read more at The Detroit News


No guaranteed savings under new Michigan auto law

June 11, 2019

Michigan motorists will be required to buy significantly more liability coverage under the new auto insurance law.

Michigan motorists will be required to buy significantly more liability coverage under the new auto insurance law, and there are no assurances those extra costs will not offset reductions the law requires in the personal injury protection (PIP) portion of motorists' premiums, according to a top insurance industry executive.

Read more at The Detroit Free Press


Michigan starts writing rules for adult-use marijuana industry

February 21, 2019

Without a license system, “gray market” businesses have sprung up in Michigan Regulators have started drafting rules for the industry.

The Bureau of Marijuana Regulation has begun drafting rules and arranging staff internally to process license applications, said Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation.


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