Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Breaking MI Supreme Court Decisions

A couple of things handed down today- from WOOD-

By a four-to-three vote, the Michigan Supreme Court today narrowed a landmark environmental protection law that allowed state residents to sue to block development projects they think would harm the environment.

The court says in its decision that local residents have the right to sue Nestle Waters North America and its bottled water operation over potential damages to the Dead Stream and Thompson Lake in Mecosta County.

But they don't have the legal standing to sue over a nearby lake and three wetlands because they don't use those areas.


And from MIRS/Gongwer only at this writing-

Residents lack standing on domestic partner benefits- Letters that Ann Arbor residents sent to the Ann Arbor Public Schools did constitute demands that the district stop improperly spending funds.  But those residents did not have standing to challenge the spending in court, a partially split Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

A 6-1 majority of the court said that residents of the school district did not have standing to challenge the district's benefit plan unless they could show some particular harm to themselves from that plan.  But the court split 5-2 on whether they met statutory requirements for demanding that the district stop illegally spending money.

More later from the MSM, I'm sure.