Understanding Michigan Contract Law and Online User Agreements

Online user agreements are everywhere nowadays, whether you realize it or not. “Agreeing” to an app’s terms of service is just one example of online user agreements consumers must first sign. But in the name of convenience and because so many users don’t even read what they’re signing, contract law is quickly becoming a very complicated landscape.

When you sign these online user agreements, you enter into what is known as an adhesion contract. These contracts often create unequal bargaining power ...

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Unreasonable Search and Seizure – Vehicle Passenger Rights and Tire Chalking in Michigan

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects an individual from unreasonable search and seizure of their person, home, papers, and effects. However, a few recent cases have brought vehicle searches into the spotlight. In essence, both state and federal courts have struggled time and again when dealing with searches of motor vehicles. A person’s car can become caught in a gray area – halfway between being home and in private and out in the public. In general, law enforcement ...

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Are Trampoline Parks Safe? Everything Parents Should Know

In recent years, the popularity of trampoline parks has grown significantly. Less than a decade ago, there were only three trampoline parks across the United States. Today, that number has increased to over 800. The rise in popularity of trampoline parks and attractions can be cause for concern for many parents. Are trampoline parks safe? With such a rapid expansion of trampoline park attendance, it is not surprising that injuries at these establishments have increased dramatically among children as well.

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Pothole Damage Reimbursement and Reasonably Repaired Roads

Michigan roads are terrible, that’s no secret. And while poor road conditions leave drivers frustrated and annoyed, the problem also contributes to extensive wear and tear on our vehicles. Many might fail to remember that Michigan actually has laws on the books regarding pothole damage reimbursement. Michigan personal injury attorney, Bryan Waldman, Michigan personal injury attorney, recently appeared on WLNS “Legal Edge” to explain Michigan pothole damage reimbursement and responsibility for maintaining safe roads in the state.

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Boundary and Property Disputes – Michigan Tree Trimming Laws

There’s a beautiful apple tree in your neighbor’s yard. One of its branches hangs over the fence and shades your property. It leaves not so beautiful rotten apples all over your yard. While boundary disputes that lead to property disputes may be annoying, they’re all-too-common. Bryan Waldman, Michigan personal injury attorney, recently appeared on WLNS 6 Legal Edge to explain the laws surrounding those nuisance neighbors and property or boundary disputes.

Handling Boundary Disputes Legally

Bryan advises everyone to speak ...

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Silly Laws in Michigan – A Case for Cleaning Up Outdated Laws

For those who’ve played the game where you’re given three options of potential silly laws and instructed to choose which one is actually still in effect will understand how attorney Bryan Waldman felt researching his most recent WLNS 6 Legel Edge segment. Despite an effort in 2015 to clean up some outdated laws in Michigan, a few still remain on the books.

Silly Laws in Michigan and the Cussing Canoeist

In 2015, Michigan Legislature pushed for a clean up of ...

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Michigan Jury Duty Selection Process and What Happens In the Box

American citizens only have a handful of mandatory civic duties and serving on a jury is one of them. While most people dread jury duty, it should be considered an honor. The U.S. Constitution provides for the right to both civil and criminal trial before a jury of our peers. It’s a foundation of our democratic society and we all benefit from this Constitutional right. However, in order for the system to function, we all must contribute. Bryan Waldman ...

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New Michigan Cyberbullying Law – Definition, Sentencing, and Resources

Unfortunately, cyberbullying is nothing new. Many tragic cases have arisen recently from these types of situations. And while every state, including Michigan, has some sort of cyberbullying law on the books, a new Michigan cyberbullying law went into effect at the end of 2018 which makes cyberbullying a crime punishable by jail time. Attorney Bryan Waldman recently appeared on WLNS Legal Edge to explain more.

New Law Defines Cyberbullying in Michigan

The new law accomplishes three things:

  1. Defines cyberbullying
  2. Makes cyberbullying a crime
  3. Sets ...
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First Step Act – Reforming the Criminal Justice System

The United States has a nationwide imprisonment crisis. Federally, there is mass and incarceration with over 2 million people in federal prison. The First Step Act is the first stride to make a change that the country needs. While Bryan Waldman dedicates the majority of his practice to personal injury claims in Michigan, he also acts as Cooperating Attorney for ACLU of Michigan and as such, has co-counseled a number of civil rights cases. He recently appeared on  Continue Reading →

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Civil Asset Forfeiture in Michigan – What it is and Why it’s Controversial

Update: May, 2019, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 2 and House Bills 4001 and 40002 into law. These bills prohibit law enforcement from forfeiting seized assets (under $50,000 in value) from crimes involving controlled substances without a conviction or plea agreement, or unless the property owner relinquishes the property.

Civil forfeiture is a hotly debated topic right now across the U.S. In fact, recently the Supreme Court heard a case out of Indiana which led to questioning the legality of forfeiture.  Continue Reading →

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