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September 2009

Sep 2009
September 23, 2009

COA Opinion: Judiciary has a limited role in resolving property disputes in a hierarchical religious denomination

On September 22, 2009, the Court of Appeals published its decision in Lamont Community Church v. Lamont Christian Reformed Church, No. 283154. This case arises from a 2005 split in the congregation of the Christian Reformed Church ("CRC")-affiliated Lamont Christian Reformed Church ("LCRC"), whereby a number of people left LCRC and formed the Lamon

Sep 2009
September 22, 2009

Detroit voters to decide how to elect council members

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a Wayne County Circuit Court decision from last week that struck a ballot proposal that will allow voters to decide whether to elect City Council members by district beginning in the 2013 election cycle. Unless the Michigan

Sep 2009
Sep 2009
September 21, 2009

MSC Order: Lipnevicius v. Lipnevicius

On Friday, September 18, 2009, the Michigan Supreme Court remanded Lipnevicius v. Lipnevicius to the Court of Appeals as on leave granted. Somewhat unusually, the Court directed the Court of Appeals to address various specific questions regarding the equitable parent doctrine. Chief Justice Kelly dissente

Sep 2009
September 17, 2009

MSC Order List: September 16, 2009

On September 16, 2009, the Michigan Supreme Court denied seventeen applications for leave to appeal and granted one motion in Pierron v. Pierron, No. 138824, striking the defendant's non-record affidavit, pursuant to MCR 7.210(A)(1), because it contained information that was not part of the record on appeal. The Court also took substantive

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