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Year: 2013

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Disabled veterans can file for homestead property tax exemptions

An article in the Ticker, published November 26 in the Traverse City Business News caught our eye.  In Local Disabled Vets Earn Tax Exemptions by Al Parker, veterans are eligible for property tax exemptions under a recently sign Michigan law.       “The law calls for property tax exemptions for veterans who are honorably discharged and…

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Dingeman & Dancer PLC, Obtain a $5 Million Judgment

Dingeman & Dancer, PLC obtained a $5 million judgment for the wrongful death of Charles Cuykendall in Missaukee County, Michigan. Charles Cuykendall was killed at the home of Donald Staats. Staats shot Cuykendall in the head with a Dan Wesson .44 Caliber handgun, killing him instantly. Staats was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the criminal…

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Dingeman, Dancer & Christopherson has received a Tier 1 Ranking from Best Lawyer

Traverse City, November 6, 2013 – Dingeman, Dancer & Christopherson has received a Tier 1 ranking from Best Lawyers®, the recognized guide to legal excellence in the United States for more than 30 years. The ranking is achieved from feedback from clients and peers as well as information obtained from the firm. Best Lawyers, in…

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HIPAA Megarule Enforcement Begins

While it has taken three years to craft and revise the HIPAA Megarule regulations, the final version of the rules is now officially enforceable. While small physician practices did not previously face a high risk of a HIPAA audit, that may change as there is an increased effort by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)-the…

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Off-road vehicle drivers may need protection on Michigan roads

Off-Road Vehicle enthusiasts need to protect themselves if ORVs are allowed on Michigan roads. Motorists may have to be on the lookout for another vehicle traveling on Michigan roads this year. The Michigan Senate is currently debating a bill that would allow off-road vehicles (ORVs) to drive on the shoulders of Michigan roads excluding interstate…

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James A. Christopherson Selected for Best Lawyers in America for the Fourth Time

Traverse City, August 15, 2013– For the fourth year in a row, James Christopherson of Dingeman, Dancer & Christopherson has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty area of Arbitration and Mediation. Less than one percent of practicing attorneys nationwide receive this award in any year. Best Lawyers has…

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Victim of contaminated steroid injections speaks out

See: http://www.upnorthlive.com/weather/story.aspx?id=874502#.UUx5HDfW7-J and http://www.9and10news.com/story/21760814/local-woman-speaks-out-about-meningitis-after-contaminated-steroid-shot…

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Family of Neglected Senior Care Facility Resident Receives Confidential Settlement in Wrongful Death Case

The family of an 86-year-old local senior care facility resident received a $1.75 million confidential settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged neglectful care at a Northern Michigan senior care facility over the course of several months in 2010 and 2011 when staff at the facility failed to properly care for and protect…

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Mark Dancer and Dan Myers appear in two local TV news stories regarding victims of contaminated steroid shots

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Life has become a lot more challenging for Theresa Hall. Since receiving a contaminated steroid injection last September, Hall has been in and out of the hospital, battling Fungal Meningitis. “My life, as I knew it, went straight down the tubes,” says Theresa. “My medications alone are $12,000 a month…its like…

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What a Great Time to be a Registered Caregiver

In the case of State of Michigan vs. McQueen, the Supreme Court effectively shut the doors on medical marijuana dispensaries.  Although one Supreme Court Justice, Michael Cavanagh, applied the correct rules of statutory interpretation that were also consistent with the purpose of the MMMA, the majority of Justices chose to disregard Justice Cavanagh’s reasoning to…

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