Real Estate Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Understanding tax deeds and quiet title actions in Michigan

The residential and commercial real estate markets in Detroit, and throughout Michigan, have been taken on a proverbial roller-coaster ride in recent years. Despite past turmoil, investing in real estate remains a vital interest for homeowners, investors and businesses alike. Protecting financial interests in any real estate investment is critical.

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Cutting of trees leads to real estate litigation situation

There are endless reasons why a lawsuit may arise between real estate owners who are neighbors. When land or homeowners share a property line in Michigan or elsewhere, property line disputes or disputes over trespassing and causing damage can lead to real estate litigation between neighbors. One case garnering news

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Real estate litigation: Disputes often arise during construction

Michigan residential building projects are typically a time full of excitement and anticipation. However, any number of things can go wrong, and homeowners are often disillusioned when building projects extend far beyond the expected occupancy dates. It is not uncommon for legal complications to arise, and in many cases, real

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Real estate litigation situations can vary in Michigan

Just as with virtually any legal situation, litigation related to real estate transactions or disagreements can be based on a variety of factors. Because any real estate litigation situation in Michigan can become complex, legal support may be necessary to ensure fairness and a timely resolution. Support and guidance becomes

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Commercial zoning and land use issues

City and county governments in Michigan create land use and zoning regulations in order to preserve the safety and health of a community. They also use zoning to control an area’s growth. Land use regulations and zoning ordinances govern the way property is used. For example, certain types of businesses

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Real estate transaction disputes: Broker-placed liens

Both individuals and businesses in Michigan know that liens can be placed against property for a variety of reasons. Common reasons that come to mind might include tax issues or failure to make mortgage payments. When it comes to commercial property, the real estate broker has the power to place

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Indian tribe and state battle over Michigan land use

Indian tribes who build casinos on unused land often find it to be a profitable endeavor. A land use battle is taking place in Michigan over non-reservation land. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build casinos on the land. However, a former U.S. congressman, who wrote

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Dispute over Michigan prison site delays development

Ensuring that everything is in order before purchasing a commercial real estate site is crucial to avoiding surprises down the road. When real estate transaction disputes do tie up a sale or prevent the planned development, as in the following case, property owners may need to enlist the court system

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Proposal for Michigan apartment complex sparks dispute

The city of Houghton, Michigan, is finding itself on the defending end of an allegation that it violated the Open Meetings Act with regard to a proposal for the development of an apartment complex. The hearing was held on April 29 in Houghton County Circuit Court. The suit, brought against

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Resolution may be coming in Michigan real estate dispute

A three-year-long dispute over a transit center in Troy, Michigan, may finally be coming to an end. According to reports, the publicly funded center has been at the heart of a dispute between Grand/Sawka Properties LLC and the city of Troy. According to reports, the saga began in 2001, when

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Michigan resort at the center of dispute

Michigan’s Double JJ Resort — where the popular Electric Forest music festival is held — is at the center of an issue between SFX Entertainment and AEG Live. The Electric Forest festival started in 2008 when it was called Rothbury. Since the festival’s first inception, the property has been sold

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Michigan turbine facility in midst of lawsuit

More and more focus is being put on finding alternative and sustainable sources of energy, but sometimes those developments come at a price. Residents of one Michigan city are not happy about the noise levels of Lake Winds Energy Plant, and Consumers Energy is finding itself in the midst of

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Sewage contamination of Michigan waters may spur litigation

Failing septic tanks may be partially to blame for an increase in contamination of Michigan rivers and lakes. According to the 2014 version of the impaired waters report put out by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 7,232 miles of rivers were contaminated with potentially harm-causing pathogens in 2012. This

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Federal telecommunications law vs. local zoning

A township in Michigan may have to contend with AT&T in federal court over placement of a cell phone tower. AT&T has filed suit in U.S. District court against Ada Township after eight years of negotiations that failed to produce an agreement over where a tower could be placed within

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Local commission approves plans for new Costco store

Costco is moving forward with plans for a new Michigan location after its plans were approved by local officials. The Oshtemo Township Planning Commission voted unanimously on Dec. 12 to approve plans for a new Costco store as the anchor of a new development that will include a mix of

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Zoning laws could close Michigan car wash

Complaints from neighbors about noise from the customers and equipment of a Michigan car wash might force the business to drastically alter the way it operates. A decision by the local zoning board of appeals to not renew zoning variances granted in 2006 means that its automatic bays cannot be

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Michigan family sues over land use issues

The family who owns Bro G Land Co. in Michigan has filed a controversial lawsuit concerning property rights. The land use lawsuit claims that the White River Township deprived the family of proper enjoyment of their property. Last spring, the family’s request to develop 2.2 acres of shoreline was blocked

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Dispute over Michigan boat dock going to court

A 150-foot boat dock near Cambridge Township, Mich., is at the center of a legal controversy. The canopied dock, which was constructed by local residents, lies in disputed territory according to conflicting readings of town records. An attorney who lives near the dock feels that under either interpretation it should

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Central Michigan University may get own district under zoning law

Central Michigan University was under consideration for its own zoning district by the city commission of Mount Pleasant. The officials were to weigh zoning variances and other relevant issues at a special public hearing. At a recent meeting, the city commission requested that the planning commission consider amending the existing

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