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361 ABA Journal 6th Circuit Court articles.

6th Circuit nixes stay for clerk appealing federal court order requiring her to perform marriages

Since the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in June, a Kentucky county clerk is not likely to win an appeal of a federal court’s order…

6th Circuit criticizes lawyer’s ‘outlandish’ comparisons, tosses challenge to lawn mowing fine

A federal appeals court has tossed a homeowner’s suit claiming his due process rights were violated when he was charged $600 by city of Howell, Michigan, for refusing to mow…

93-year-old judge grows weary of 44-year-old housing bias case

Forty-four years after then-U.S. District Judge Damon Keith found evidence of housing discrimination by a Detroit area community, the case still isn’t over.

Keith is now 93 years old and…

Cellphone user had no expectation of privacy in pocket-dialed call, 6th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that the former chairman of an airport board in Kentucky had no expectation of privacy in an inadvertent “pocket dial” call.

The decision

Feds arrest 243 in record $712M health care billing-fraud bust

The FBI announced Thursday that 243 people, including nearly 50 health-care professionals, have been arrested in a record Medicare and Medicaid billing-fraud bust.

“They billed for equipment that wasn’t provided,…

6th Circuit criticizes federal judge who told lawyer to shut up, improvised jury instruction

A federal judge who criticized a defense lawyer’s questioning as “flimflam” and told him to shut up created the appearance of bias during a jury trial, a federal appeals court…

Federal judge nixes open-carry suit by man disarmed and put on the ground by police

Under Michigan law, those who have legally purchased guns are allowed to open-carry.

But a federal judge said Grand Rapids police nonetheless acted reasonably by disarming and briefly detaining Johann…

6th Circuit nixes nun’s sabotage conviction over nuclear plant protest

A divided federal appeals court panel has overturned the sabotage convictions of an 85-year-old nun and two others who protested in 2012 at a Tennessee nuclear plant.

“On appeal, the…

6th Circuit: Federal judge abused discretion by refusing to let law firm withdraw in civil case

A federal district court abused its discretion by refusing to allow a Michigan law firm to withdraw from representing the defendant in a civil battery case, a federal appeals court…

6th Circuit OKs sanctions for filing frivolous suit, may add sanctions for filing frivolous appeal

In a Friday ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld trial-court sanctions imposed on a former corporate officer and senior engineer for filing a frivolous False Claims Act…

Retired attorney indicted in claimed mortgage-fraud scheme

Suspended from practice in 2004 over his role in a kickback scheme that put a Congressman for whom he had worked behind bars, an Ohio lawyer again skirted the law.…

Judge: If media wanted me to OK video cameras in Detroit bankruptcy case, I would have

As Detroit’s record-breaking municipal bankruptcy case unfolded and public officials testified, citizens obviously had an interest in hearing what they had to say in court.

So a former federal judge…

Telecommuting option not required by ADA for job demanding ‘interpersonal skills,’ says court

An en banc federal appeals court has ruled that Ford Motor Co. was not required to offer a telecommuting option to a worker with irritable bowel syndrome and whose job…

Hospital filing accuses its former lawyer of blind-copying negotiation opponent on confidential docs

A federal court filing by a hospital litigating a failed management agreement with another medical facility says its former lawyer was secretly communicating with the opposing party during negotiations of…

Charitable collection bins are a form of speech protected by First Amendment, appeals court says

A Michigan town’s ban on unattended charitable collection bins likely violates the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in…

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