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Colella in Context

Colella in Context is a column in the Detroit Legal News written by A. Vince Colella.

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Recently, in two separate lawsuits, student athletes and employees challenged vaccine mandates at their respective universities. Coincidentally, the federal cases were both filed in the western district and assigned to Judge Paul Maloney. The opinions can be boiled down, with a nod to Charles Dickens, as “A Tale of Two Rights.” On August 12, 2021,...
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Growing up, I was not one for rollercoasters or carnival rides. It seemed to be a tradeoff between excitement and danger. The notion that carnival and amusement rides are “safe” is anecdotally supported by the lack of media publicity and regulatory hype. According to the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), “[C]arnival rides in Michigan...
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A surveillance camera pans across two luxury pools surrounded by plush cabanas in the warm Miami Beach still of the night. In the background, a 12-story residential condominium building can be seen in infrared as if it were broad daylight. A man walking his dog and another sleeping nearby hear a loud “bang” that they...
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On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy left his home with a duffle bag filled with two semi-automatic handguns and 11 magazines. He arrived at the VTA Light Rail Yard, where he had worked as a technician for several years, moments before the first shift. As the employees arrived, they were met with a...
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Civil rights litigants face the daunting challenge of enforcing constitutionally protected rights against government officials. However, the road to trial is encumbered with the prospect of appeal before trial. Surviving summary judgment in civil rights cases is (metaphorically) tantamount to reaching first base. This has been true since 1985 when the United States Supreme Court...
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Last month, hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Louisville, Kentucky, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. On March 13, 2020, Taylor was awakened by a loud banging on her door. She shouted, “Who are you?” However, three Louisville police officers dressed in dark plain clothes would not identify themselves....
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  Prior to 1977, lawyers were not permitted to advertise in newspapers or other media. However, the prohibition on advertising was challenged in Bates v State Bar of Arizona, 433 US 350 (1977). The challenge arose from a newspaper advertisement by a law firm offering “legal services at a very reasonable rate.” Justice Harry Blackmun...
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A. Vince Colella Moss & Colella P.C. On June 11, 2019, the initial changes to the Michigan No Fault Act became law. The thrust of the amendments centered on the elimination of mandatory unlimited essential services (expenses for care, recovery and rehabilitation). Additionally, the amendments changed the order of priority for pedestrians, bicyclists and certain...
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State's new COVID-19 legislation: Bold, humanitarian efforts to protect workers
A. Vince Colella Moss & Colella P.C. This new year brings hope and optimism for a return to “normal.” For many businesses, this means initiating efforts to bring workers (essential and otherwise) back to the workplace. However, even with an aggressive and strategic distribution plan for the vaccine, employees may be required to return to...
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A. Vince Colella Moss & Colella P.C. Lawyers who engage in the practice of representing victims of automobile accidents recognize that written notice must be provided to the appropriate insurer within one year of the date of loss. Auto insurance carriers are also keenly aware of this requirement, although the victims and their medical providers...
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