Court of Claims

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Michigan Court of Claims judge says the state ban on flavored vaping products must be lifted. That’s while underlying litigation opposing the ban plays out in court. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration issued emergency rules in September. The Department of Health and Human Services says youth vaping is a public health crisis.

But vaping shops across the state said the ban would cause them to have to shut down. And they said it would harm their customers – who use vaping to stop cigarette smoking.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A judge has rejected the last challenge to a rule that could cause the billion-dollar replacement of 500,000 lead water pipes in Michigan. 

Local governments sued, saying a rule to further restrict the amount of lead allowed in drinking water is an illegal unfunded mandate from the state.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Liberal critics of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have cleared a procedural hurdle in a lawsuit seeking emails from the private accounts of key members of his staff.

A group called Progress Michigan believes Schuette and 20 staffers for years used private email to discuss public business. The group filed a lawsuit after the attorney general's office responded to a public records request by saying it possessed only one record and it was exempt.