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Month: March 2013

The Dingeman & Dancer Blog consists of articles, news, and press releases written and edited by the attorneys and legal professionals at our firm, providing updates on both recent legal developments and established advice and guidance. Choose from the various topics listed in the sidebar menu to narrow in on a particular focus.

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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HIPAA Mega Rule: Tips for Health Care Providers

Nearly three years after enacting many provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, Congress passed the HITECH omnibus final rule, or “Mega Rule,” that finalizes many interim HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules for covered entities such as healthcare providers and health plans.               The 563-page pre-publication contains several important…

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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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Sharing Marijuana, Seeds & Clones Between Registered Patients Is Legal – the catch is… wait for It… Without Compensation

In People v. Green, registered patient Troy Green was arrested for giving less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana to another registered patient.  The Court of Appeals said “Unlike the sale of medical marijuana, the delivery or transfer of marijuana, absent exchange of compensation, is specifically included in the MMMA’s definition of ‘medical use.’” It won’t…

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Condominium Act Amendments: Condominium Subdivision Plans

Real Property Law Section e-Newsletter Developers of condominium projects, and the professionals they retain to draft condominium subdivision plans, should be alerted of changes to MCL 559.166 which took effect February 1, 2016. First, to eliminate any confusion about the licensing status of professionals authorized to draft condominium plans, MCL 559.166(1) states that only licensed…

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