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Holding that "the common-law affirmative defense of self-defense is available to a defendant charged with CCW for concealing an instrument which is a dangerous weapon only because it is used as a weapon," the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Ap

Defendant was arguing with his wife on the side of the road when two men pulled over. As the situation escalated, one of the men allegedly began choking defendant. Defendant pulled out a utility knife and held it in the air. The men got back in...

The Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not err by awarding spousal support to the defendant-former husband, or by requiring the plaintiff-former wife to pay some of his attorney fees incurred in their divorce action.

The court rejected plaintiff's argument that the award of spousal support was unfair and inequitable under the circumstances. "Although the trial court imputed $35,000 to defendant in annual income," he was unemployed and needed "to secure and...

The Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not clearly err in concluding there was clear and convincing evidence to support terminating the respondent-mother's parental rights or that it was in the child's best interest to do so.

The case "had been pending for well over 182 days and was initiated" in 11/12 "because of respondent's mental health, improper supervision of the child, and inadequate housing. The goals identified for respondent through these proceedings included"...

The Court of Appeals held that the petitioner, as the decedent's sister, was an "interested person" and had standing to petition for the appointment of a special PR under MCL 700.3614(b) for the purpose of pursuing a wrongful death action.

The Court of Appeals rejected the respondent's claim that laches barred the petition, and concluded that she failed to establish plain error affecting her substantial rights as to her claims of lack of notice and a hearing. Further, she failed to...

The Court of Appeals held that the trial court erred by finding the defendant-mother in criminal contempt of court for having the parties' child baptized without informing the plaintiff-father, and by requiring her to pay plaintiff $9,611 in damages,

Plaintiff alleged that defendant's secret baptism of the child and concealment of the baptism was in violation of their divorce judgment, which required their parent coordinator to decide disagreements in the event they could not agree. The trial...

Holding that the trial court did not clearly err in finding that termination was in the best interests of the children (BB and PC), the court affirmed the trial court's termination of the respondent-mother's parental rights

Respondent-mother argued that BB's life was not improved by the termination of her parental rights when adoption was not a consideration for him. She stated that her relationship with him "could have been legally maintained while preserving his...

The court held that the trial court did not err by granting summary disposition for the defendants on the plaintiff's action under the Whistleblowers' Protection Act because she failed to file within 90 days of the alleged violation

Plaintiff engaged in protected activity and was suspended from employment with full pay and benefits on 10/1/13. She was notified on 10/14/13 that her contract, expiring on 12/1/13, would not be renewed. The court rejected her argument that not...

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