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Municipal Authority to Enter and Make Safe Dangerous Buildings

A recent decision of the federal U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reaffirmed the authority of municipalities to require owners of vacant property to register the property with the municipality and permit municipal entry and abatement if it becomes dangerous.    Read More

New Amendment Changes the Michigan Fireworks Law

Michigan recently enacted new legislation that expands local governments’ authority to regulate the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks.  Under the new law, municipalities may enact ordinances limiting the time and days when residents may ignite fireworks.  Any such ordinances may not regulate the use of consumer fireworks between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. on specified holidays, such as New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.  Further such ordinances may not regulate the use of consumer fireworks between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Failure to comply with the new restrictions could result in a fine of $1,000 for each violation. Under the prior statute, municipalities could not enact ordinances regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks on the day preceding, day of or day after a national holiday.   Read More

Do Disappointed Bidders have Standing to Sue if they are not Awarded a Government Contract?

MCNA Insurance Company v. Department of Technology, unpublished decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals, No. 342646, 2019 WL 206417 (January 15, 2019).  Read More

Recent Michigan Court of Appeals Case Pertaining to Nuisance Abatement and How It is Impacted by the Statute of Limitations

Township of Fraser v. Haney, unpublished decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals, No. 337842, 2018 WL 6711290 (December 20, 2018).  Read More