- Thursday, February 12, 2009
Former Meijer attorney appeals Acme ruling
Former Meijer Inc. attorney Timothy Stoepker and his law firm will try again to bar a local judge from presiding over a lawsuit filed by five Acme Township officials.Continued ...
- Monday, January 5, 2009
Bill Boltres' lawsuit set to begin
Former Acme Township Treasurer Bill Boltres' lawsuit against the Village at Grand Traverse developers is set to begin in earnest. The suit had been mired for a year because of legal motions filed by the Village over Boltres' previously closed personal bankruptcy filing.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 13, 2008
Rodgers still will oversee Meijer lawsuit
A Benzie County judge has ruled another judge may continue overseeing a dispute between Acme Township officials and retail giant Meijer Inc.Continued ...
- Saturday, November 1, 2008
Acme businesses move past Meijer
A community ripped apart by bitter debate over Meijer Inc.'s stalled development plans will try a new approach to unite its diverse business mix.Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Meijer's appeal rejected, but suit on hold
The state Supreme Court rejected Meijer Inc.'s appeal of a local judge's decision that allowed an Acme Township planning commissioner and other township officials to sue the retailer for harassment. But the suit against Meijer remains on hold until 19th Circuit Court Judge James Batzer determines if Rodgers should be disqualified from continuing to preside over a case that began in 2005.Continued ...
1:18 P.M.: Top court rejects Meijer’s appeal
TRAVERSE CITY — The state Supreme Court rejected Meijer Inc.’s appeal of a local judge’s decision that allowed an Acme Township planning commissioner and other township officials to sue the retailer for harassment.Continued ...
- Monday, September 22, 2008
Judge apologizes for calling lawyer a liar
Grand Traverse County Circuit Court Judge Philip E. Rodgers acknowledged he erred when he called Meijer Inc.'s former attorney a liar and issued an apology. But Rodgers said he won't step aside in an ongoing lawsuit between Acme Township officials and Meijer, the Grand Rapids-based retailer.Continued ...
- Saturday, September 20, 2008
Judge may be removed from Meijer suits
A misstatement by Grand Traverse County Circuit Court Judge Philip E. Rodgers might remove him from the ongoing lawsuits between Acme Township officials and Meijer Inc. Meijer's former law firm, Dickinson Wright PLLC, and attorney Timothy Stoepker asked Rodgers to recuse himself because of "substantial personal bias and prejudice."Continued ...
- Monday, September 8, 2008
Court rejects Meijer appeal
Meijer Inc. will turn to the Michigan Supreme Court in an effort to fend off lawsuits from five Acme Township officials after a state appeals court rejected a similar request from the Grand Rapids-based retailer.Continued ...
- Monday, August 25, 2008
Lawmakers push for anti-SLAPP legislation
Two northern Michigan lawmakers expect to introduce legislation this week to discourage developers from using frivolous lawsuits to intimidate and harass public officials and local opposition groups. Lawsuits by Meijer Inc. and the Village at Grand Traverse LLC against eight Acme Township officials prompted State Reps. Kevin Elsenheimer, of Kewadin, and Howard Walker, of Traverse City, to introduce the legislation.Continued ...
Attorney: Ruling won't stop Meijer probes
Even total victory by Meijer Inc. at the state Court of Appeals may not prevent a group of Acme Township officials from finding out who at the retail giant authorized illegal election tampering.Continued ...
- Monday, August 11, 2008
Meijer files emergency appeal in home court
Meijer Inc. wants Grand Rapids-based appellate judges to quash an Acme Township official's lawsuit and protect the retailer's top officials from having to testify in the case.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 27, 2008
Growth debate splits Acme Township
The often bitter debate over a proposed Meijer Inc. store and other development plans along M-72 continues to cast a long shadow over Acme Township and its upcoming primary election.Continued ...
- Saturday, July 19, 2008
Commissioner sues Meijer
A lawsuit against Meijer Inc. and its former lawyers is moving forward but some Acme Township officials won't be quick to jump back into the legal fray.Continued ...
- Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Judge reverses decision on Meijer documents
The Michigan Court of Appeals won't hide its review of a case that could help determine if Meijer Inc. officials and attorneys will face criminal charges for illegally tampering with two Acme Township elections.Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Judge: Acme officials free to sue Meijer
Acme Township officials who agreed not to sue Meijer Inc. for alleged harassment and intimidation aren't bound by the agreements and may pursue legal action against the retail giant, a judge ruled.Continued ...
- Monday, June 23, 2008
Village representatives break with Meijer
Meijer Inc. and The Village at Grand Traverse LLC once stood united to push development proposals, election strategies and lawsuits against Acme Township government officials. Time -- and Acme Treasurer Bill Boltres -- changed all that.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 15, 2008
Meijer gets judge to hide papers
Meijer Inc. convinced a state appellate judge to hide from public view documents related to Grand Traverse County's efforts to investigate the retailer's campaign finance violations.Continued ...
- Friday, June 13, 2008
Prosecutor pushes for Meijer probe
Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Alan Schneider won't go quietly in his effort to probe Meijer Inc.'s illegal campaign against Acme Township officials. Schneider formally asked state Attorney General Mike Cox for a go-ahead to continue an investigation into Meijer employees and others who may have criminally violated state campaign finance laws.Continued ...
- Monday, May 19, 2008
Cox accepted Meijer money despite probe
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox accepted $2,500 from Meijer Inc.'s political action committee in March, despite knowing he'd be asked to support a local criminal investigation of the retailer's actions in Acme Township.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 17, 2008
Motion may allow more suits against Meijer
Robert Carstens didn't get what he considers justice from state authorities, so he'll try to do so himself. Carstens, an Acme Township planning commissioner, on Thursday filed a circuit court motion that seeks permission to sue Meijer, Inc., the Village at Grand Traverse LLC, and Dickinson Wright PLLC, the law firm that represented both in a would-be development in Acme.Continued ...
- Friday, May 16, 2008
Acme group was a front for Meijer
Meijer Inc. secretly gave an Acme Township political group $12,400 to fund its operations, and paid a local law firm, Smith & Johnson P.C., $6,400 to perform campaign work that wasn't reported as required by state law.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 15, 2008
Meijer to pay $190K in civil fines
Acme Trustee Frank Zarafonitis' day began on a good note, when he learned Meijer Inc. would pay a fine for illegal campaign acts in the township and that criminal charges could be pursued against the people who crafted that strategy. But reality struck late Tuesday, when Zarafonitis discovered that the deal with Meijer Inc. undercut any possibility of state election law criminal cases.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 13, 2008
AG: Meijer deal bars criminal probe
Authorities can't pursue criminal charges against individuals involved in Meijer Inc.'s illegal campaign finance activity in Acme Township, a state attorney general's spokesman said.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 4, 2008
Prosecutor appeals Meijer ruling
Grand Traverse County's prosecutor appealed a "flawed, disharmonious and doubtful interpretation" of state campaign finance law that stopped his criminal investigation of Meijer Inc.Continued ...