More than 100 local units of government will be developing plans to ensure the retirement benefits they promised to their employees and retirees are paid in the future, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. More
Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash will present a water infrastructure literacy and jobs day at the Pontiac Public Library on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 12 to 5pm. This event includes job opportunities and discussion on topics of water infrastructure, stormwater management, water quality, lakes and flooding, lead and copper, local projects and more. Call 218-858-1404 for more information. More
Parrot feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum), an invasive aquatic plant, has been found in three private ponds in Michigan since 2013. Due to its aggressive growth, parrot feather – a popular aquarium plant sometimes sold under the name Brazilian watermilfoil – has been a prohibited species in Michigan since 2005.
A vacant, contaminated paper mill in Vicksburg will be returned to productive use with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). A $100,000 grant and a $1,250,000 loan were awarded to the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to protect public health and safety and revitalize the historic mill property, located on West Highway Street.More
Many people often wonder what it takes to transform scientific discoveries into medical treatments. This whole process is a complicated one, which includes lots of tests for the new treatment and lots of experiments to make sure that it is safe and effective. When it comes to the stage where it’s tested on people, you’d be surprised to find out how many possible new, innovative, clinical trials fail – they’re not safe or effective.
The GLREA Board has endorsed the Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan ballot initiative that would increase the Michigan Renewable Portfolio Standard from 15% by 2021 to 30% by 2030. Signatures are now being collected so the ballot initiative can be on the November ballot. League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Network, and MISUN have also recently endorsed the ballot initiative.
Today, we will talk about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that will be going into effect on May 25, 2018. It was created in the European Union to provide individuals with enhanced control over their personal information. GDPRstandardizes data privacy laws while increasing the transparency with which organizations approach this issue.
In recent years, survivors and family members of victims of terrorist attacks undertaken primarily by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), have filed lawsuits against social media platforms asking courts to hold the platforms responsible for their alleged role leading to such attacks. To date, none of these lawsuits have gone beyond the pre-trial stage and several cases have been preliminarily dismissed.
Despite stepped-up efforts by social media platforms to remove terrorist content, the European Union is recommending an operational measure that includes a “one-hour rule” that would require platforms to remove terrorist content within one hour from notification by law enforcement or a “trusted flagger” or face stiff fines. Additionally, on January 17, 2018, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing titled: “Terrorism and Social Media: #IsBigTechDoingEnough?”
Read Kathy Ossian’s recent article “Should Social Media Platforms Be Accountable for “Facilitating” Terrorist Attacks?” pubished in PLI Current, The Journal of PLI Press, Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 2918 available here. Contact us at Ossian Law regarding any information technology law question.