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Neighborhood built on old landfill causing problems for residents

A story out of North Carolina this month is bringing up some interesting questions for residents here in Michigan. The problem stems around a neighborhood that was built on an old landfill. With the ground sinking because of decomposition, residents are wondering who is liable for damages to their homes and the possibility of health risks in the area.

Brookfield Township residents fight against county zoning laws

Residents in the town of Brooksfield Township are fighting back against Huron County this month in an attempt to stop the county from imposing zoning laws that the city does not want. And according to a lawsuit filed by the Brookfield Township Clerk Michael Lorencz, this is a battle that has been going since the beginning of the year now.

Man resolves property dispute by demolishing neighbors' homes

A panicked 911 call out of Washington state this month highlights the importance of seeking legal representation in property disputes before they get out of hand.  As many residents here in Michigan may remember, the call to 911 dispatchers came just days ago from a man who explained that his neighbor was demolishing his home with a bulldozer.  In a matter of minutes, the 51-year-old man in the bulldozer had demolished four of his neighbors' homes and even destroyed one neighbor's truck.

Settlement awarded to family who unknowingly bought meth home

The disclosure process when purchasing a home can sometimes be one of those necessary evils, expecially if the home you are trying to buy has a lot of problems that need attending to before you move in.  But the need of a roof replacement seems minimal when some Michigan residents compare it to the ordeal an Oregon family went through when they bought their first home recently.

Willow Run Powertrain Plant: GM's biggest environmental liability

When General Motor's filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the company left behind numerous manufacturing sites that had, for years, been polluting the groundwater below them. But none were as big as the Willow Run Powertrain Plant in Michigan's own Ypsilanti Township. The 83-acre facility now sits on 4.1 million gallons of industrial solvents, chemical and oils, and is being considered GM's biggest environmental liability at this time.

Congressman Kildee introduces new bill to revitalize Michigan

Just like the cleanup after a brutal storm, the state of Michigan is attempting to clean up after the recession. One of the hardest hit areas seems to be the housing market which has forced thousands of residents to relocate. As Congressman Dan Kildee explained recently, lost populations in cities across the state have led to an oversupply in vacant and abandoned housing, which in turn is driving down the property values for homeowners in the area.

Retroactive cancellation of debt may cause legal mess for developer

When Schostak Bros. first built the Cherrylander Center near Traverse City, the mall was supposed to bring in enough profit to pay off the $8.7 million loan used to build the commercial property. But when the economy downturned the family-owned development company was forced to default on its loan. In the end, Wells Fargo repossessed the mall then went after the developer for $2.1 million to cover the remaining balance of the loan.

Closed factory cannot be reused for parking, mayor says

Residents who live in the downtown areas of Michigan know that space is limited. And as readers of our blog have seen from previous posts, many developers have taken it upon themselves to reuse properties in areas with limited space and repurpose them to the needs of that particular area.

Land dispute causing legal headache for Michigan Indian tribe

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in the Upper Peninsula is facing further difficulties this month as once again their plans to build a casino in Lansing have been halted. Despite moving forward since it was first announced, a recent lawsuit filed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has now blocked the tribe's plans to place the land the casino was to be built on into a trust.

FBI raid on Michigan realty firm uncovers Freddie Mac troubles

The real estate firm Elias Realty, located just to our south in Livonia, has found itself in hot water this month after the FBI issued a search warrant on their offices a week ago. Although the former state attorney general representing the firm in the case is confident that the FBI will find no wrong doing, it has stirred up many of the problems the company has been having with Freddie Mac over the course of the last few months.

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