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Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Complete Dismissal of Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit Against Chesterfield Township

Published: March 29, 2011

On March 29, 2011, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered that Plaintiff’s application for leave to appeal be denied, securing a complete dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Chesterfield Township. The Supreme Court determined that the Plaintiff’s application failed to establish any questions worthy ...

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GRAND RAPIDS FEDERAL JURY FINDS IN FAVOR OF COLOMA TOWNSHIP POLICE OFFICER

Published: January 24, 2011

On January 24, 2011, a Coloma Township Police Officer was cleared of any wrongdoing by a United States District Court jury sitting in Grand Rapids. The federal lawsuit was filed against the officer by an individual who was arrested for domestic violence and resisting and obstructing a police offi...

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Federal Court Grants Complete Dismissal of Plaintiff’s First Amendment Retaliation Claims

Published: September 30, 2010

On September 30 2010, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordered the complete dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Flint Township and its supervisor, finding that neither defendant was liable for retaliation in violation of the First Amendment. The Township and ...

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FEDERAL COURT GRANTS COMPLETE DISMISSAL OF PLAINTIFF’S FIRST AMENDMENT CLAIM

Published: July 21, 2010

On July 21, 2010, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted a complete dismissal of the Plaintiff’s federal lawsuit in which he asserted that Flint Township, its supervisor and its building official violated the First Amendment. The Defendants were defended by ...

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STATE COURT GRANTS COMPLETE DISMISSAL OF PLAINTIFF’S WHISTLEBLOWERS’ PROTECTION ACT CLAIM

Published: July 13, 2010

On July 13, 2010, the Wayne County Circuit Court granted a complete dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Sumpter Township on the basis that there was no evidence supporting Plaintiff’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act claim (“WPA”). Sumpter Township was defended by McGraw Morris P.C. attorneys Thom...

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Michigan Court of Appeal and Michigan Supreme Court Uphold Complete Saginaw County Defense Verdict in its Entirety

Published: June 21, 2010

On June 21, 2010, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a February 2009 Saginaw County jury verdict in favor of Anderson NWTT, LLC and its owner. During the trial, Plaintiff asserted that he was entitled to half of the RV dealership business based on a “handshake” deal and more than $850,000 from ...

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BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS’ ACTIONS FOUND TO BE APPROPRIATE IN SITUATION WHERE DIABETIC REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION

Published: May 12, 2010

On May 12, 2010, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan dismissed a lawsuit filed against Blackman Township and two of its public safety officers, finding that the actions of the public safety officers in subduing the plaintiff for purposes of ensuring medical treat...

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MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT FINDS THAT STARR COMMONWEALTH WAS NOT NEGLIGENT WITH REGARD MURDER COMMITTED BY ESCAPEE

Published: May 07, 2010

On May 7, 2010, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed with Starr Commonwealth that it cannot be held liable for an unforeseen murder that was committed by an escapee of its facility, eleven days following the escape. Starr Commonwealth, a juvenile detention facility located near Albion, Mi, was repre...

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PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY CORRECTON OFFICERS ACTIONS FOUND TO BE PROPER WITH REGARD TO IN-CUSTODY SERIOUS INJURY CLAIM

Published: May 06, 2010

On May 6, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in an unanimous decision affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan’s decision dismissing Plaintiff’s claim that certain Presque Isle County correction officers were deliberately indifferent to Pl...

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CARROLLTON TOWNSHIP AND CITY OF ZILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICERS CLEARED OF ANY CIVIL LIABILITY FOLLOWING TASER DEPLOYMENT

Published: March 11, 2010

On March 11, 2010, the Michigan Supreme Court, by a 5-2 vote, let stand a Michigan Court of Appeals decision dismissing all civil claims brought by the estate of John Lee Thompson against a Carrollton Township police officer as well as a City of Zilwaukee police officer. The Zilwaukee and Carroll...

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Chesterfield Township Police Officers Cleared Of All Wrong Doing

Published: February 01, 2010

On February 1, 2010, three Chesterfield Township Police Officers were cleared of any wrongdoing in a federal lawsuit filed against them by a City of Warren police officer arrested for domestic violence. The plaintiff alleged that he was wrongfully arrested and that his step-daughter should have b...

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New Firm

Published: November 09, 2009

Thomas J. McGraw has formed the law firm of McGraw Morris P.C. Joining Tom will be G. Gus Morris, a shareholder, as well as associate attorneys Stacy J. Belisle, D. Randall Gilmer, Kevin K. Kilby and Christopher J. Raiti. McGraw Morris represents municipalities and businesses in the areas of labo...

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