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Local Zoning Board of Appeals Variance Decision Affirmed

Carol A. Rosati and Lisa A. Anderson successfully represented a local Zoning Board of Appeals in defending its decision to grant a dimensional variance to the ordinary high water mark setback to allow for the addition of a garage on lakefront property.

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Client City Prevails in Zoning Board Challenge

Carol A. Rosati and Lisa A. Anderson prevailed in a challenge to a Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision to deny a variance to an off-street parking ordinance, successfully defending the city’s right to enforce its zoning ordinance.

Categories: Case Successes

MIPRIMA Conference: Land Use Litigation & Governmental Immunity

Carol Rosati and Michael Rosati were speakers at the MIPRIMA conference on November 5, 2015 at the Inn at St. John’s. Carol presented a review of land use litigation issues, and Michael provided an update on governmental immunity.

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Municipal Employer Prevails in Disability Discrimination and Retaliation Case

The Johnson Rosati employment group successfully defended a municipal employer in a lawsuit filed by a former employee raising claims of disability discrimination and retaliation. On October 30, 2015, the Tuscola County Circuit Court issued summary disposition in favor the defendant-employer. The motion, briefed and argued by Laura Bailey Brown, was granted in full.

Categories: Case Successes

Jury Rejects Use-of-Force Lawsuit Against Three Police Officers

Dan Klemptner and Ken Galica successfully defended three police officers in a use-of-force lawsuit. After a week-long trial, a unanimous jury returned a verdict of “no-cause” against the three defendants. Plaintiff demanded 1 million dollars to settle the case before trial began. Mr. Klemptner and Mr. Galica attributed their success to the police witnesses’ diligent pre-trial preparation, and the officers’ ability to explain the reasons behind their actions to a very carefully selected jury.

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Success in U.S. Sixth Circuit Use-of-Force Case

S. Randall Field and Marcelyn A. Stepanski prevailed in a published case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in a use of force case involving a knee strike and deployment of a taser to secure an actively-resisting subject.

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Successful Defense of Police Misconduct Allegations

Dan Klemptner and Ken Galica received a “no-cause” verdict from a unanimous jury in a police misconduct lawsuit. The Defendant-Police Officer was alleged to have used excessive force while arresting a young male. The plaintiff also accused the Officer of using racial slurs during their encounter. Plaintiff’s counsel requested approximately 3 million dollars in damages at the conclusion of the six-day trial. Mr. Klemptner and Mr. Galica attributed their success to focused witness preparation and an organized presentation of the evidence to the jury in a manner that allowed the jurors to fairly view the facts and circumstances from the Officers’ perspective.

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Michigan Local Government Management Association Winter Institute: "The Impact of Video Evidence on Police Litigation"

Michael E. Rosati and Holly S. Battersby presented "The Impact of Video Evidence on Police Litigation" on January 28, 2015 at the Michigan Local Government Management Association Winter Institute.

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2014 Michigan Tax Conference: Property Tax Hot Hot Hot Topics

Stephanie Simon Morita presented on Property Tax Hot Hot Hot Topics at the 2014 Michigan Tax Conference on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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MMRMA Joint Committees Meeting: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Litigation"

Michael E. Rosati and Holly S. Battersby presented "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Litigation" at the Joint Committees Meeting in October 2014.

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