- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A lawyer who lost a case at the Michigan Supreme Court is taking a rare public swipe at the justices, saying “politics prevailed over the rule of law” in his dispute with a major firm.

Dean Altobelli, who played football at Michigan State, was a lawyer at Miller Canfield. He sued senior members, saying he was wrongly fired after seeking a leave to become an assistant coach at Alabama in 2010. The firm says he quit.

The issue is whether Altobelli’s dispute should be handled in court or in private arbitration. The Supreme Court this week unanimously said arbitration fits.

Altobelli says the court “took care of their own” by “bowing” to “establishment lawyers.” Thomas Kienbaum, who represented the Miller Canfield lawyers, says Altobelli’s remarks are “intemperate and highly inappropriate.”

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