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Michigan fines liquor distributor $3M over supply shortages

The state received hundreds of complaints from liquor retailers that could not stock their shelves.

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Michigan’s crackdown on bars has a major flaw that makes it nearly impossible to enforce

Executive Order 2020-143 was signed on July 1 as the state’s daily new COVID-19 cases were on the upswing and after Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing was linked to more than 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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Michigan’s auto insurance law changes this week

This week, drivers in Michigan will begin having options for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage on auto insurance policies.

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People v Jemison - Decided June 22, 2020

Trials conducted via video conferencing software, where a witness is not present to be personally confronted by the Defendant, are not Constitutional. This does not resolve, however, the question of whether an impaneled jury, or a bench trial (no jury, just the judge) could sit for a trial by means of video conferencing software.

"The Court held that the right of confrontation requires face-to-face confrontation and is absolute for all testimonial evidence unless a witness is unavailable and the defendant had a prior opportunity for cross-examination. ....[E]xpense is not a sufficient justification to avoid face-to-face confrontation. Such a rule would potentially allow the prosecution to deprive a defendant of confrontation rights by, for instance, using out-of-state analysts to save money and then relying on cost-savings as a justification for not providing face-to-face testimony. Craig should be applied only to the specific facts it decided: a child victim may testify against the accused by means of one-way video testimony (or similar method) when the trial court has determined, consistently with statutory authorization, that such measures are necessary because the child requires special protection."

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How to Use the PPP and EIDL Together

Can your business obtain both the PPP loan AND the EIDL SBA loan and use them for separate items? Yes. However, it is tricky, complicated and confusing.

Read more at Bench.co