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Michigan Supreme Court Holds That Local Zoning Ordinance Does Not Conflict With the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA)

Published: August 03, 2020

DeRuiter v. Township of Byron. Byron Township adopted zoning provisions which regulated the location of medical marihuana caregiver operations. The Plaintiff, a qualified patient and caregiver under the MMMA, challenged the Ordinance claiming that the MMMA preempted local zoning regulation...

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Eric Turnbull Joins McGraw Morris Troy Office

Published: April 17, 2020

Experienced litigator, Eric C. Turnbull, has joined the Troy office of McGraw Morris P.C. For more than 7 years, Eric has litigated cases involving professional liability, insurance coverage, municipal litigation and business disputes. He is also experienced in assisting businesses in acquis...

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SIXTH CIRCUIT REVERSES TRIAL COURT AND RULES IN FAVOR OF OFFICER.

Published: April 02, 2020

Someone attempted to shoplift from a Bed Bath & Beyond. A City of Novi officer responded and quickly located a man matching the description of shoplifter. Plaintiff was arrested and tried based on the positive identification by some of the witnesses, plus some other unique factors. Following ...

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NO EXCESSIVE FORCE DURING STRUGGLE TO ARREST SUSPECTED VIOLENT FELON

Published: April 02, 2020

An officer who was assigned to a federal task force was accused of using excessive force to secure and handcuff a man suspected of violating federal law. Task force officers waited for Plaintiff at his home. When he arrived, Plaintiff charged into the home and demanded that task officers leave. A...

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POLICE OFFICER CLEARED OF FOURTH AMENDMENT CLAIMS STEMMING FROM DRUNK DRIVING ARREST

Published: April 02, 2020

Plaintiff was stopped for suspected drunk driving. When he refused a breathalyzer, a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to a hospital for a blood draw. Plaintiff alleged that the officer suspected that he was concealing contraband and instructed hospital staff to conduct a rectal exam, ...

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POLICE OFFICERS CLEARED OF CIVIL LIABILITY IN ALLEGED MURDER COVER UP CONSPIRACY

Published: March 14, 2018

The body of Plaintiff's mother was discovered floating in the Detroit River in Ontario, Canada approximately two months after she had gone missing.  In a $100,000,000.00 lawsuit, Plaintiff sued the investigating police officers from the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the City of Grosse Poin...

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IMLA AWARD

Published: October 23, 2017

On October 17, 2017, McGraw Morris P.C. partner Kevin Kilby was awarded the Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Attorney Award at the annual International Municipal Lawyers Association conference in Niagara Falls.  Kevin is one of only three attorneys in the United States to re...

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NASH V. GRAND HAVEN

Published: October 23, 2017

In a published opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the Ottawa County Circuit Court’s determination that the prevailing party in a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) lawsuit was not entitled to an award of attorney fees from the City of Grand Haven.  The Court of Appeals also clari...

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MCGRAW MORRIS PARTICIPATES IN SIXTH CIRCUIT INSTITUE

Published: October 04, 2017

On October 3, 2017, Christopher Raiti participated in the Sixth Circuit Practice Institute. This seminar is only held every five years or so and focuses on practical tips for attorneys practicing in the Sixth Circuit. Discussion panels were led by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judges Hon. Debora...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Published: January 06, 2016

FEBRUARY 9, 2017

Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) 2017 Winter Professional Development Conference

Gus Morris and Chris Raiti of McGraw Morris will be featured speakers at the MACP Winter Professional Development Conference at the Amway ...

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CRAIG NOLAND RECOGNIZED IN THE FIELD OF LAND USE AND ZONING

Published: August 18, 2015

McGraw Morris is proud to announce that its Grand Rapids managing partner, Craig Noland, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers (c) in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law. Congratulations, Craig!

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MCGRAW MORRIS MAKES CLASS ACTION LAW

Published: August 12, 2015

Plaintiff is one of approximately 300 investors to whom Defendants improperly marketed and sold a certain investment vehicle.  That investment was later investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and determined to be a Ponzi scheme.  In a previous case regarding the same inv...

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TOWNSHIP NOT LIABLE FOR WEAPONS ALLEGEDLY SEIZED DURING RAID

Published: August 12, 2015

Mt. Morris Township Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco (ATF) and Firearms raided Plaintiff’s home. During the raid, more than 50 items were seized, including machine guns and related gear, many of which were then turned over the ATF as evidence in the federal prosecution of ...

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UNITED STATES SIXTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS GAINES TOWNSHIP BILLBOARD ORDINANCE

Published: March 25, 2014

In a published decision, the Sixth Circuit ruled that the Township’s spacing requirement (that digital billboards are only allowed on one road and must be at least 4,000 feet apart) was a constitutionally valid “time, place and manner” restriction on commercial speech because it was content neutr...

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TRIAL COURT DISMISSES ALL CLAIMS AGAINST PORTER TOWNSHIP IN ZONING LAWSUIT

Published: December 19, 2013

The plaintiff filed a variance request to build a residence on a vacant inland lake island. The Porter Township’s Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBA”) denied the variance request, and the plaintiff filed a multi-count complaint alleging violation of due process, equal protection, and a takings claim. ...

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