December 2022

An informative e-newsletter for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Solar Pilot Bills Meet Headwinds

By Richard A. Sundquist, Clark Hill PLC

Consistent with bipartisan renewable energy goals established in Michigan in 2008, 8,000 megawatts of solar energy projects are now slated for Michigan. This will require siting on tens of thousands of acres of valuable land primarily in farming communities throughout Michigan. Faced with increasing skepticism that local tax benefits will be met with dozens of tax appeals, similar to those pending for years with wind turbines, Senators VanderWall and Daley introduced SB 1106 and SB 1107.

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Tax Forfeitures: The 6th Circuit Calls Strict Foreclosure State Sponsored Theft

By Michael H. Traison, Jocelyn E. Lupetin, Bozena M. Diaz

In reaching its determination that a lower court erred in dismissing homeowner suits where a County in Michigan (“County”) had forcibly taken homes “worth vastly more than the debts these plaintiffs owed,” the Court takes a deep dive into the history of strict foreclosure and its historical treatment and analysis by English courts, American courts, the Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution.

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Legislative Report

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The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors, and they do not reflect in any way the positions of the State Bar of Michigan or the Real Property Law Section. These columns are meant for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) was not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of (i) avoiding tax-related penalties or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another person any transaction or matter addressed in this communication.