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Q: MCL 7.215(b) lists 8 standards to Publish an Opinion. Lawsuit Zoran v Township of Cottrellville meets 6. Should I Appeal

The Lawsuit of Zoran vs Township of Cottrellville received a Court of Appeal ruling with the Opinion released on August 25, 2015. The Opinion was Unpublished, which was a surprise to us. Our lawsuit meets the criteria Standards for six of the eight Standards listed. Only one is needed to be Published. I was encouraged to get this Opinion Published, because it needs to have the ability to influence other cases dealing with this area of Quo Warranto law and Open Meetings Act Law. There were never lawsuits of this kind up to this point, and I have seen FOIA documents proving this Published Opinion would be very helpful to the Michigan Bureau of Elections. We easily satisfy standards 2, 3, 4, 5 6, and 7 in MCL 7.215(b). There have been a countless number of newspaper front-page articles and Opinions written by newspaper staff concerning this lawsuit involving this legal matter of continued public interest (Standard #5). I believe I should Appeal, and have this Published.Your thoughts?

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Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot
  • Appeals & Appellate Lawyer
  • Deltona, FL

A: My thoughts are that you need to speak with an appellate attorney about the issues you have raised here. This is not just a basic legal question, but requires much time to discuss, research, and try to answer.

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