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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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KENT COUNTY CIRCUT COURT GRANTS COMPLETE DISMISSAL OF LAND USE LAWSUIT

Published: December 19, 2013

In this case, the plaintiff was a part owner in a mixed-use PUD. Byron Township approved a modification to the PUD without providing the plaintiff notice. The plaintiff claimed a lack of procedural due process, and a “takings” claim. In granting the Township’s motion for summary disposition, the ...

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CASE COUNTY CIRCUT COURT GRANTS COMPLETE DISMISSAL OF ZONING CASE

Published: December 19, 2013

The plaintiff filed a multi-count complaint against the Village of Cassopolis, including claims asserting promissory estoppel, breach of contract, takings, and gross negligence, arising out of the Village’s denial of a variance for a recycling facility in an industrial park. In dismissing the cas...

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BERRIEN COUNTY CIRCUT COURT UPHOLDS COLOMA TOWNSHIP'S DETERMINATION THAT THE COUNTY'S LAND USE VIOLATED THE TOWNSHIP'S ORDINANCE

Published: December 19, 2013

Coloma Township amended its zoning ordinance to provide for outdoor police training facilities, and adopted a moratorium on such facilities, while it worked on developing specific regulations. In the meantime, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department commenced shooting at an outdoor facility it co...

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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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KENT COUNTY CIRCUT COURT GRANTS COMPLETE DISMISSAL OF SEWER CLAIM ON BASIS OF GOVERNMENTAL IMMUNITY

Published: December 19, 2013

This case arose when, during a construction project, the general contractor broke a sewer pipe which caused potential environmental problems on the Rouge River.  The contractor sought restitution under a theory of unjust enrichment. The Court granted our motion for summary disposition, concl...

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FEDERAL COURT DISMISSES PRODUCT LIABILITY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION CLAIMS AGAINS PAYLESS SHOESOURCE AND HBI BRANDED APPAREL (HANES BRANDS)

Published: December 13, 2013

Plaintiff purchased Champion brand rocker-bottom shoes from Payless Shoesource at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  Plaintiff claims that she fell and broke her ankle while wearing the rocker-bottom shoes and sued Payless and Hanes Brands, which licensed the Champion name for ...

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CRAIG NOLAND RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST LAND USE AND ZONING LAW ATTORNEYS IN THE 2014 BEST LAWYERS WINTER BUSINESS ADDITION

Published: November 22, 2013

McGraw Morris is proud to announce that its Grand Rapids managing partner, Craig Noland, has been voted as a Best Lawyer for Land Use and Zoning Law. Mr. Noland’s inclusion is profiled in the 2014 Best Lawyers Winter Business Edition. Congratulations, Craig!

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MCGRAW MORRIS WINS SEMINAL CASE ESTABLISHING ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY FOR POLICE CHIEFS REGARDLESS OF THE POLICE ACTIVITY

Published: October 14, 2013

On June 20, 2013 the Michigan Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in the case of Petipren v. Jaskowski. Thomas Petipren brought an action against the Chief of Police for the Village of Port Sanilac. Petipren alleged that the Police Chief Jaskowski assaulted and wrongfully arrested him ...

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JOHN MULLET JOINS MCGRAW MORRIS P.C.'s NEW GRAND RAPIDS OFFICE

Published: October 14, 2013

Grand Rapids attorney John A. Mullett has joined the Grand Rapids office of McGraw Morris P.C. For more than 20 years John has defended lawsuits involving professional liability, insurance defense and coverage, municipal litigation and business law. He handles cases in all state and federal ...

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Craig Noland Joins McGraw Morris P.C. to Open its New Grand Rapids Office

Published: August 15, 2013

Grand Rapids attorney Craig Noland has joined McGraw Morris P.C. as the managing shareholder of its Grand Rapids office. Craig is an esteemed defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience. He has successfully litigated cases in Michigan’s state and federal courts as well as state and fed...

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