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The authority of appellate courts to review the decisions of lower courts varies widely from one jurisdiction to another. In some areas, the appellate court has limited powers of review. Generally, an appellate court’s judgment provides the final directive of the appeals courts as to the matter appealed, setting out with specificity the court’s determination that the action appealed from should be affirmed, reversed, remanded or modified.

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The U.S. Supreme Court Addresses The Scope Of Specific Personal Jurisdiction

The U.S. Supreme Court recently addressed the scope of personal jurisdiction over defendants in products-liability actions in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court et al., 141 S. Ct. 1017 (2021). The decision gives guidance on where companies can potentially be sued for injuries arising from their products and is particularly relevant for companies with nationwide markets. In [...]

Raising Unpreserved Issues On Appeal

One of the more well established appellate doctrines in Michigan (and elsewhere) is that an issue that isn’t preserved in the trial court won’t be considered on appeal. 1 But are there exceptions? Let’s find out. General Rule of Issue Preservation As the Michigan Supreme Court explained in Walters v Nadell, 481 Mich 377; 751 NW2d 431 (2008), “[u]nder our [...]