We have good news for our readers who fly for business and/or pleasure through Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The choice of places to grab a bite to eat before a flight that may offer nothing more than a bag of pretzels will be improving significantly. Twenty-five new restaurants and other food and beverage vendors will be added to the concession area in McNamara Terminal.
For University of Michigan football fans, it doesn't get much better than defeating another Big Ten team. One of those defeats came back in 1991 when Michigan beat Ohio State University. After a touchdown, Michigan's Desmond Howard rejoiced by posing in the same position as the player on the Heisman Trophy. A photo taken of that moment is the subject of a lawsuit by the photographer who captured it against some corporate giants that have used the image.
A visit by a Michigan state representative/pizzeria owner to Chicago prompted a new law that will impact Michigan restaurant owners and is likely to make many customers happy. The Midland representative, Jim Stamas, says that a law that allows customers to bring their own wine has been good for the restaurant industry in the Windy City. Stamas succeeded in getting similar legislation through the Michigan legislature.
Fast food workers have been among those on the front lines as the debate over raising minimum wages rages throughout the states and at the federal level. Now McDonald's employees in Michigan, as well as California and New York, have filed wage suits against the burger giant as well as some of its franchise owners.
Detroit automaker General Motors Co. has faced no end of unwanted publicity recently for a defect with the ignition in a number of its cars. That problem, which can cause the car's systems to shut down and prevent air bags from deploying, has been linked to a minimum of 13 deaths in this country.
We like to feature Detroit-area entrepreneurs succeeding in the business world, while bringing revenue and positive attention to our city and to focus on how they built their businesses. One of these entrepreneurs is the owner of Detroit Bold Coffee Co.
Companies doing business in Michigan can be hit with litigation at any time, for any number of reasons. The owners of the Northland Center Mall in Southfield are facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man from Ferndale who got into an altercation with security guards. They are also suing the company that employs the security guards, IPC International, and two of its guards.
A Michigan man who worked in maintenance for Washtenaw County was awarded over $1 million by a federal jury in Detroit. The plaintiff sued his former employer for terminating him, ostensibly because he was unqualified for his job, after nearly two decades of work. In his suit, the man alleged that he was denied promotions and eventually terminated at least in part because he is a Muslim and has a long beard, which is part of his faith.
This week, President Obama made his much-anticipated announcement that the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute will soon open in Canton Township, Michigan. The township's supervisor was at the White House for the president's announcement of the research institute, which will receive $148 million in funding. The government will provide $70 million for the institute's work over five years, while the members of the consortium will contribute $78 million.