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M-22 & M-119 Road Sign Trademark Denied by Michigan

Note: We have received some commentary from the attorney for M-22 which we have posted below! M-22 Euphoria by Chris Cerk The Detroit Free Press reports that M-22 and M-119 cannot be trademarked by private companies. Michigan Attorney General…
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Why We Went Dark

Along with many sites on the Web, Absolute Michigan went dark on January 18th to protest a pair of truly awful bills that are on a fast-track for passage, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA). Neither…
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Michigan Bloggers Beware: New Blogging Rules Pack Punch

Editor's note: Traverse Legal is a sponsor of Absolute Michigan whose areas of practice include internet-law, e-commerce and technology law. They are also our law firm, so when they sent me a notice about the new FTC guidelines, I thought it…
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We Are Michigan Concert Series ~ April 30 - May 2

The We Are Michigan concert series is a three-day event to help raise awareness about gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender human rights issues in 3 Michigan cities. Each evening will feature an array of music with activists who will share…
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It's "Hello World" for Michigan wine drinkers

Barrel room at Merryvale by star5112 Tom Wark's Fermentation wine blog says: Michigan Consumers should be smiling. A Federal District Court Judge in that state ruled on Tuesday that the state's law that bars consumers from buying and having…
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Sulfide Mining goes to the movies

For more on this issue visit Save the Wild UP and also check out Anatomy of a mine: Lansing hearings put U.P. wilderness on trial from the Lansing City Pulse: The hearings hit hard rock Wednesday, April 30, when a white-haired man in…
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Service Tax repeal appears certain

Capitol, Landing MI by Irina Vasiliu Below you'll find a news release from Governor Granholm regarding an agreement to add a 21.9% surcharge to the new Michigan Business Tax to replace the 6% Michigan Service Tax. The Detroit Free Press…
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The Eleven Seconds to Midnight Gang rides again

Carousel by jnhkrawczyk "We've got a shift starting in 36 hours that we've got to charge 6% more on ... and I don't know how to do it." -John Evans, president of Evans Distribution Welcome to Michigan, where we somehow seem to be stuck…
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6% of x? Untangling Michigan's Service Tax

Half Staff by Apocaplops UPDATE Oct 25: Carol of ArborLaw.com writes: I actually have the entire list of services descriptions covered by the law, on my blog at Arborlaw.com. When the law came out, I cross-referenced the NAICS codes (which…
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Shutdown averted ... by a service tax

An appeal to reason by Apocaplops StateGate seems like it might be nearing its conclusion with an 13th hour deal reached at 4 AM when legislators were apparently too tired to fight anymore. The LSJ reports: "This budget agreement is the…
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Kiters raise questions about shoreline access

In Kiters Defend Access, IPR News Radio notes that although the Michigan Supreme Court says anyone can walk along the beaches of the Great Lakes below the ordinary high water mark, landowners often take issue with kiteboarders setting up. Photo:…
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Anyone redefined

Down by the Big Sauble River by simply, Diann The Grand Rapids Press quotes former Michigan Governor William Milliken as saying that Michigan's Environmental Protection Act included the word "anyone" to give anyone the right to sue over…