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No-Fault Institute offered by MAJ

The Michigan Association for Justice will sponsor its “No-Fault Institute XV” Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5, at the Sheraton Detroit Novi in Novi. 

Thursday, Oct. 4, will be “PIP Day” and Friday, Oct. 5, will be “Tort Day.” George T. Sinas and Wayne J. Miller are coordinating the institute.

Cost for MAJ members is $495, MAJ members 3 years or less of practice pay $395, MAJ sustaining members pay $300, MAJ paralegal and student members pay $300, non-members pay $695. 
Judges can attend for free

Visit to register, or call 517.321.3073.

Michigan governor critical of attacks on Kavanaugh accuser

KALAMAZOO (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says attacks on a woman accusing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct could deter people with similar stories to contact authorities.

The Republican governor spoke Monday at Western Michigan University during a summit aimed at ending sexual assaults. He said hatred directed at Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is “not appropriate.”

Snyder says comments made by President Donald Trump and others questioning her veracity can create challenges for people who want to “speak up.” He adds people might be afraid they will face something like this “Supreme Court situation.”

Trump on Monday said allegations made by Ford and another woman against Kavanaugh are “totally political.”

Kavanaugh has denied the long-ago allegations.

Ford and Kavanaugh are expected to testify Thursday during a public hearing.

DEA asked to tighten drug manufacture

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys general from West Virginia and 10 other states are asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to further tighten the manufacture of opioids.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office says the DEA’s preliminary quotas for 2019 don’t reflect the federal agency’s position that demand shouldn’t be equated with legitimate need.

He said he believes the proposed quotas are still excessive, even with a 10 percent reduction.

The letter was signed by Morrisey and attorneys general from Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and Utah. It was dated last Wednesday.
West Virginia by far leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses.

$18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says in a Facebook post that the drugs were found in two pallets of bananas that were donated because they were already ripe. The donation arrived Friday.

The department says sergeants who picked up the boxes found a bundle of a white powdery substance under the bananas. U.S. customs officials were called to the scene, and authorities say 540 packages of cocaine were found in 45 boxes of bananas.

The department says federal officials and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are investigating.