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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reality TV show looks for potential litigants

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Reality TV show looks for potential litigants

S1/S3 Entertainment Group, a film and TV production company is looking for potential litigants to appear on its new reality-based judicial television show “Domestic Justice.”
To be considered, potential litigants must be embroiled in some sort of ongoing domestic dispute that is not currently active on any court’s docket.
Additionally, the show’s producers are in the process of casting the key roles of bailiff, clerk and commentator. All casting is at the SI/S3 Studios, on the campus of Stautzenberger Institute in Allen Park.
For information or to submit a personal dispute, visit

Magna expecting growth

Magna International Inc., one of Southeast Michigan’s big suppliers, expects significant growth during 2011 and it plans to increase spending on fixed assets including acquisitions to almost $1 billion.
Meanwhile, Magna Seating, one of the automotive supplier’s big operating units, announced it had acquired the automotive seat supplier Pabsa S.A, which will operate as Magna Seating Argentina.
Pabsa, previously part of the L’Equipe Monteur Group, is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 2010, it recorded sales of approximately $110 million.
The acquisition—which includes two production facilities in Buenos Aires and one in Cordoba, Argentina, and has approximately 960 employees— increases Magna Seating’s global footprint and further positions the company as a leading supplier of automotive seating in South America.
For the full year 2011, Magna expects total sales to be between $25.6 billion and $27.1 billion without adding the revenue from acquisitions.

Altair Engineering acquires ACUSIM Software

 Altair Engineering, Inc., a  global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, has acquired ACUSIM Software, Inc. Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., ACUSIM is a leading developer of massively scalable, high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver solutions. ACUSIM’s CFD technology and staff will be incorporated into Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software portfolio and operations. For more information, visit and

Honigman’s Kubic named to ‘Michigan Top Executives’

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s Chief Operating Officer Robert D. Kubic have been selected as one of Corp! magazine’s 2010 “Michigan Top Executives.” Corp! magazine identified 21 leaders throughout the state who are driving innovation, bringing business to Michigan and generally making business happen here, even in this challenging economy. Kubic came to Honigman in November 2008 from Mintz Levin, a national law firm based in Boston. Honigman is a business law firm headquartered in Detroit with offices in Lansing, Oakland County, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo. Visit

Icom wins EPA approval for bi-fuel propane engines
Icom North America, the leading innovator, developer and manufacturer of liquid injection propane systems for commercial and consumer vehicles, has attained the first U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for its Liquid Injection Propane bi-fuel systems for the Ford 6.8 liter engines, produced for Ford Econoline vans. Perpetuini said Icom will add 8 to 10 new positions later this year at its manufacturing facility in New Hudson, where the company already has begun production of the EPA-certified bi-fuel conversion system for existing customers. Visit

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