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FBMJ Attorneys Featured Presenters at MSHRM Event

FBMJ attorneys, Saulius Polteraitis and Carlos Escurel, recently presented “Covid Liability and Impact Medical Malpractice Claims” to the Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Managers (MSHRM) as part of its Webinar series. They were joined by Mike Severyn of ProAssurance on the panel.The presentation covered the anticipated landscape of malpractice claims stemming from COVID, its impact on liti

Pharmacist Attorney Kim Sveska Publishes Article for MPA Journal – “Don’t Forget to Sue the Pharmacist”

FBMJ pharmacist attorney, Kim Sveska, recently published the article “Don’t Forget to Sue the Pharmacist” in the Michigan Pharmacist Journal (2021 Vol. 59 Issue 1), a publication of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA). The article discusses recent legal precedents that could lead to greater liability for pharmacists.The Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) is a state professional so

Michigan Gov. Signs Law Giving Healthcare Facilities Liability Protections

On October 22, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed into law House Bill 6159, creating a Pandemic Health Care Immunity Act to protect health care workers against liability for claims arising out of care provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This law was part of a package of COVID-related bills signed last week that included a law that protects businesses that comply with “all relevant COVID-19

Pharmacies Can Be Sued For Ordinary Negligence But Not Medical Malpractice

By: Nicole Joseph-WindeckerIn its unanimous unpublished decision of Estate of Kevin Karl Gottschalk, by Kathleen Tocco, Personal Representative. v. Plumbrook Pharmacy, et al., the Michigan Court of Appeals held that pharmacies cannot be sued for medical malpractice as a matter of law. This ruling on September 17 was consistent with prior decisions from Michigan courts on the grounds that pharmacie

FBMJ Attorney Joseph McGill Elected Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan

Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip PLLC is pleased to announce that Joseph McGill, a principal with the firm, was recently elected as the treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan for the 2020-2021 bar year. McGill will be sworn in by Justice Bridget McCormack of the Michigan Supreme Court at the State Bar of Michigan annual meeting. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the State Bar of Michigan You

Attorney Anthony Pignotti Authors Article on COVID-19 Executive and Administrative Orders and Their Impact on the Legal System for MDTC Quarterly

FBMJ attorney Anthony Pignotti authored “Summary and Analysis of Executive and Administrative Orders Issued in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Their Impact on the Legal System” for the September 2020 issue of Michigan Defense Quarterly Volume 37, No. 1 - 2020.The article addresses how COVID-19-related executive and administrative orders in Michigan have impacted civil litigation deadline

2021 Medical Marijuana Licensing Fees – Not So High

The annual regulatory fees set by state regulators and paid by licensed medical marijuana businesses are significantly decreasing – by up to 70% for some licensees. The decrease in these fees, which cover costs incurred by the state in maintaining the state medical marijuana program, is a welcome development to many who saw them as barriers to opening and maintaining a profitable medical marijua

Oakland County Violated Constitution by Keeping Tax Sale Proceeds

County governments that sell properties at auction to satisfy unpaid tax debts commit an unconstitutional taking when they keep the surplus proceeds of those sales beyond the amount of taxes owed. Relying in part on law from 800 years ago, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a ruling on July 17, 2020 that property owners’ interests in the surplus proceeds of any such sales remain even after the au

Gov. Whitmer Extends Remote Notarization Provisions Through August 31, 2020

Remote notarizations will continue to be permitted through August 31, 2020 under a new order Gov. Whitmer issued this week. Executive Order 2020-158 extended a previous order encouraging the use of electronic signatures and remote witnessing of signatures due to COVID-19 and suspending in-person notarization and signing requirements.NOTARIZATIONAs with the prior order, a notary is not required to

Attorney Anthony D. Pignotti Featured Presenter for Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management (MSHRM)

FBMJ attorney, Anthony D. Pignotti, presented “Use and Disclosure of Electronically Stored Information in Healthcare” to the Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management (MSHRM) on July 15, 2020, as part of its Summer Webinar Series. The presentation covered the potential types of ESI generated and maintained in healthcare systems, the legal rules governing ESI, the legal implications of E