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February 2011

Feb 2011
February 20, 2011

COA Opinion: Tax Tribunal has authority to make independent assessment of witness credibility and may adopt existing valuation of property on tax assessment rolls without abdicating its duty to indepe

In President Inn Properties LLC v City of Grand Rapids, the Court of Appeals held that the Tax Tribunal was permitted to (1) revisit the credibility of the petitioner's appraiser and the weight assigned to his appraisals; (2) select a valuation theory other than the income-capitalization method for income producing property; and (

Feb 2011
February 18, 2011

COA Opinion: A defendant's conspiracy to commit home invasions constitutes a crime against a person or property for purposes of scoring OV 13

In People v Jackson the Court of Appeals held that a conspiracy offense should be classified based on the underlying offense for the scoring of offense variables (OVs) and prior record variables. Defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree home invasion and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree h

Feb 2011
February 16, 2011

COA Opinion: The calculation of work loss benefits under the no-fault act does not require a direct correlation of work per month and pay per month

In Copus v Meemic Insurance Company, the Court of Appeals determined that the computation of work loss benefits under the no-fault act, MCL 500.3101 'does not mandate any sort of temporal correlation between the work and the income.' The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's award of 12 monthly payments, based on Plaintiff'

Feb 2011
February 16, 2011

COA Opinion: The 180-day period of limitation for contesting a FOIA request denial begins to run when the governmental entity takes 'an affirmative step reasonably calculated to bring the denial notic

In Prins v Michigan State Police, the Court of Appeals held the actual mailing of a letter denying a Freedom of Information Act request, and not the composition of the letter, triggered the running of the 180-day period of limitation. The Court reversed the circuit court's grant of summary disposition in favor of defendants. Pla

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