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What is Business Law?

Business law deals with the creation of new businesses and the issues that arise as existing businesses interact with the public, other companies, and the government. To understand the role of business law within the legal system, it helps to view businesses as entities separate from their owners and employees.  Business law starts with setting […]

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What is Real Estate Law?

Real estate law is the area of law that governs buying, using and selling land. This law governs the acquisition of property and how it is developed. There are many different aspects of real estate law, for example, deeds, titles, purchase financing, zoning, taxes and estate planning. Real estate law is established by state and local jurisdictions, and  encompasses the purchase and sale of real property.  […]

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How Are Lost Profits Established In A Commercial Dispute?

Lost profits are determined by first estimating the lost gross revenue or lost sales due to an event.  This lost revenue is then reduced by the avoided or saved costs, which entails evaluating all the direct and other costs related to providing goods or services.  The party seeking an award of lost profits must show that: (1) the parties contemplated the possibility of lost profit damages […]

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What is a Franchise Agreement?

A franchise agreement is a legal agreement that creates a franchise relationship between a franchisor and a franchisee. Within a franchise agreement, the franchisee is granted the legal right to establish a franchised outlet and operation where the franchisee, among other things, obtains the license and right to utilize the franchisor’s trademarks, trade dress, business […]

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What is the Business Judgment Rule?

The business judgment rule is invoked in lawsuits when a director of a corporation takes an action that affects the corporation, and a plaintiff sues, directly or derivatively (i.e., on behalf of the corporation), alleging that the director violated a duty of care to the corporation. The business judgment rule is a case law-derived doctrine in corporate law that, within certain bounds, courts will […]

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What are Michigan’s Gun Laws for 2020?

Michigan is a shall-issue state. Licenses are issued at the local level by county clerks. A permit to purchase, a background check and firearms registration are required to buy a handgun from a private individual. Open carry is legal in Michigan with several restrictions. Open carry is allowed in more places than concealed carry as the restricted areas […]

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What is Michigan’s Water Protection Law for 2020?

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a $180 million plan to boost the quality of tap water across Michigan, from replacing lead pipes and school drinking fountains to combating chemicals that are contaminating public supplies and private wells. It will help to implement tougher led-in-water rules, address contamination from chemicals known collectively as PFAS and give low-interest […]

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What is Mandatory Bleeding Control Kits for in all Texas Schools?

A new Texas law that went into effect January 1, 2020, requires all public schools and open-enrollment charter schools to have a traumatic injury response protocol in place which includes bleeding control kits. House Bill 496 requires all Texas schools to place these kits in easily ​accessible areas and include them in their emergency preparedness […]

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Is it illegal to text and drive in Michigan?

For all Michigan drivers, it is illegal to use a wireless communication device that’s located in the driver’s hand or lap to read, write, or send a message. Michigan’s distracted driving laws prohibit text messaging for all drivers and talking on a cellphone for only certain drivers. This article discusses the specifics of what the […]

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What is Impeachment?

Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office; it is similar to an indictment in criminal law, and thus it is essentially the statement of charges against the official. Only three U.S. presidents have been formally impeached […]

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