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Recent Interesting Developments in the Law!


Ruling on prayer divides justices   slide1     ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ COOKE LAW RESPONSE TO RECENT DEVELOPMENTS   Thank you to my friends and clients for their well wishes for my safety due to recent developments in Traverse City.  I cannot comment to a great degree on the pending criminal charges against Mr. Gomery.  However, many have wondered what may have motivated my former adversary to attempt to solicit my early demise.  In that regard, I have attached pleadings that Cooke Law entered into the Bankruptcy Court in the Federal Western District of Michigan.  They highlight the State Court action that lead to a substantial judgment against Mr. Gomery and his law firm.  The debtor was petitioning the Bankruptcy Court to lift the stay on the appeal of the State Court case when he elected to pursue a different track.   Topous Response to Motion to Lift Stay 2289 case Exhibit 1 Signed Judgment Exhibit 2 Order Granting Motion for Sanctions Exhibit 3 Order Assessing Sanctions Exhibit 4 Judge Powers Ruling re Sanctions Exhibit 5 Email Exchange re Bond

Time to Stand Up!


COOKE LAW RESPONSE TO RECENT DEVELOPMENTS   Thank you to my friends and clients for their well wishes for my safety due to recent developments in Traverse City.  I cannot comment to a great degree on the pending criminal charges against Mr. Gomery.  However, many have wondered what may have motivated my former adversary to attempt to solicit my early demise.  In that regard, I have attached pleadings that Cooke Law entered into the Bankruptcy Court in the Federal Western District of Michigan.  They highlight the State Court action that lead to a substantial judgment against Mr. Gomery and his law firm.  The debtor was petitioning the Bankruptcy Court to lift the stay on the appeal of the State Court case when he elected to pursue a different track.   Topous Response to Motion to Lift Stay 2289 case Exhibit 1 Signed Judgment Exhibit 2 Order Granting Motion for Sanctions Exhibit 3 Order Assessing Sanctions Exhibit 4 Judge Powers Ruling re Sanctions Exhibit 5 Email Exchange re Bond  

When is a Hug not a Hug?


A recent controversy in Whitehall, Mi has the town divided as to what to do about an overly-friendly store clerk!  An "Assault" is defined as  a "willful or offensive touching".  Are the actions of this clerk an assault? (click on the link to read more!)

An Interesting Interview with our new Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein


Richard Bernstein comes from a pure plaintiff background and has no prior judicial experience.  Yet, after reading this interview, I am looking forward to following his career.

KENT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT GRANTS PARENTING RIGHTS TO GAY PARTNER IN NON-BIOLOGICAL UNION


An interesting development in the "best interests of the child test" arising out of the Kent County Circuit Court.  The judge grants parenting rights to the lesbian partner of the mother of a child conceived through an anonymous sperm donor.   The court ruled that the best interests of the child test is controlling when deciding issues of custody and parenting time between separating couples in a civil union.  No matter how you fall out on this issue, this one may be heading to the Supreme Court! Court grants equitable parenting rights to separating member of a gay civil union!