Governmental Litigation

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Miller Canfield often represents public sector entities to handle their biggest litigation cases, especially when new legislation or the exercise of governmental powers is being tested on constitutional grounds.

These lawsuits brought specifically by or against counties, cities, towns, school districts, authorities, etc., often involve:

  • Zoning and planning board challenges
  • Claims filed under the Open Meetings Act or the Freedom of Information Act
  • Disputes over intergovernmental agreements and relationships
  • General tort claims, including fraud, misconduct and negligence
  • Eminent domain proceedings
  • Code enforcement actions
  • Home rule and government powers disputes
  • Taxpayer disputes and other tax proceedings
  • Election law challenges
  • Emergency Manager appointments and powers based on contract or statute
  • Construction project disputes involving private developers and construction companies
  • Municipal utility rate-setting

We’ve developed a broad collective experience in governmental litigation, which gives us the advantage of familiarity with the scope of governmental powers under constitutional and statutory law and how it applies to each specific set of circumstances. This experience positions us to assist our clients to not only prevail in litigation, but, often times, to avoid litigation in the first place.