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July 20, 2024

Township Ordered to pay $140k in Legal Fees For Violating Open Meetings Act –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 21, 2021

Michigan (ECWd) –

Greenleaf Township, population 740, was ordered to pay $140,000 in legal fees and a $500 verdict for violating the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

Michigan, like Illinois, has fee shifting provisions in its Open Meetings and Open Records laws.

We must state the obvious; that compliance with the law, or admitting wrong-doing when it was pointed out, would have resulted in no or limited attorney fees.

The Detroit News reported on this (here), and Steve Lehto explained this in a YouTube video (below).

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