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: Sixth Circuit Cases

Oct. 6-10, 2008: US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Decisions

By Michael Stevens

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  PUBLISHED DECISIONS

                                                                                                                                                                        
OpinionShort Title/District
08a0359p.06          

2008/10/06        

Newman           v. Metrish
              Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit       
08a0360a.06          

2008/10/06        

Ley           v. Visteon Corp
              Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit
         
          McKEAGUE, Circuit Judge.  Plaintiffs Glynn Ley and Public Employees? Retirement System of Mississippi (collectively, ?Plaintiffs?) appeal a district court?s grant of Defendants? Visteon Corporation, Peter Pestillo, Michael Johnston, Daniel R. Coulson, James Palmer, and Pricewaterhousecooper, L.L.P., (?PwC?) (collectively, ?Defendants?) motions to dismiss Plaintiffs? class action securities violation claims.  Upon review of the record and the applicable law, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court.       
08a0361p.06          

2008/10/07        

USA           v. Castano
              Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit       
08a0362p.06          

2008/10/07        

M.A.L.           v. Kinsland
              Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit
         
          McKEAGUE, Circuit Judge.  Plaintiffs Glynn Ley and Public Employees? Retirement System of Mississippi (collectively, ?Plaintiffs?) appeal a district court?s grant of Defendants? Visteon Corporation, Peter Pestillo, Michael Johnston, Daniel R. Coulson, James Palmer, and Pricewaterhousecooper, L.L.P., (?PwC?) (collectively, ?Defendants?) motions to dismiss Plaintiffs? class action securities violation claims.  Upon review of the record and the applicable law, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court. requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school, citing the Supreme Court?s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969). The district court permanently enjoined enforcement of Jefferson Middle School?s distribution policy and its prohibition on the student?s hallway distribution.  The court also awarded the student one dollar in nominal damages.  For the reasons that follow, we reverse the district court?s entry of a permanent injunction and its award of nominal damages.
                
08a0363p.06          

2008/10/07        

USA           v. Alexander
              Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids       
08a0364p.06          

2008/10/08        

Zhang           v. Mukasey
              Board of Immigration Appeals       
08a0365p.06          

2008/10/08        

Rose           Bogaert v. Terri Land
              Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids
         
          The plaintiff is the sponsor of a petition to recall a Michigan state legislator from office. In June 2008, Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, invoking the provisions of M.C.L. 168.957, declared that the plaintiff had not obtained the required number of votes to put the recall issue on the ballot. The plaintiff then filed this civil rights action asserting that M.C.L. 168.957 violated the First Amendment.  She also filed a motion for a preliminary injunction ordering Secretary Land to re-examine the recall petitions without applying the challenged state statute. Representative Andrew Dillon, the subject of the recall petition, was permitted to intervene, as were Wayne County Clerk Cathy M. Garrett and the Wayne County Election Commission ? the latter two being responsible for the final preparation of the ballot in the state legislative district represented by Dillon.       
08b0014p.06          

2008/10/08        

In           re: Gerald A. Wingerter v.
              U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Akron       
08a0366a.06          

2008/10/09        

USA           v. Lawson
              Northern District of Ohio at Toledo       
08a0367p.06          

2008/10/09        

Thomson,           et al. v. Toyota Motor, et al.
              Northern District of Ohio at Cleveland
         
          AVERN COHN, District Judge.  This is a tort case.  Plaintiffs-Appellants, the Estate of Dorothy Thomson (?the Estate?) and Colleen Miller sued Defendants-Appellees, Toyota Motor Corporation Worldwide (?TMC?) and Thrifty Rent-A-Car Systems, Inc. (?Thrifty?) in the Northern District of Ohio following a car accident in South Africa in which Colleen Miller and Dorothy Thomson were injured.  Thomson subsequently died from her injuries.  The district court granted TMC?s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and sua sponte dismissed plaintiffs? claims agaaffirm.       
08a0368p.06          

2008/10/09        

Richard           Cooey, II v. Ted Strickland
              Southern District of Ohio at Columbus       
08a0369p.06          

2008/10/10        

Johnson           v. Bagley
              Southern District of Ohio at Cincinnati       
08a0370p.06          

2008/10/10        

Grace           Community Church v. Lenox Tonwship
              Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit
         
          McKEAGUE, Circuit Judge.  Grace Community Church applied for and was granted a special land use permit by the Lenox Township Planning Commission to operate a residential facility for religious instruction and spiritual counseling.  The special use permit included certain restrictions.  A month later, the Planning Commission, faced with evidence that the restrictions had been violated, revoked the permit.  Instead of attempting to rebut or explain the evidence or appealing the revocation to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Grace Community Church filed suit.  The complaint challenges the revocation as a violation of the Church?s rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (?RLUIPA?), 42 U.S.C. 2000cc et seq., and as a denial of equal protection.  The district court awarded summary judgment to the Township, concluding the action was not ripe, as the Church had failed to exhaust administrative remedies and obtain a final decision before filing suit. On appeal, Grace Church contends exhaustion is not prerequisite to enforcement of rights under the RLUIPA, relying primarily on DiLaura v. Ann Arbor Twp., 30 F. App?x 501 (6th Cir. 1 2002).  For the reasons that follow, we find no error and therefore affirm the district court?s judgment.       
08a0371p.06          

2008/10/10        

Andrews           v. Columbia Gas
              Southern District of Ohio at Columbus
         
          McKEAGUE, Circuit Judge.  This diversity case involves what some consider to be a David? standing up to an ?out-of-state corporate Goliath.?1  Plaintiffs Donald S. Andrews and Jill Beeler Andrews appeal the district court?s determination that defendant Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation (?Columbia Gas?) is entitled to clear a fifty-foot right of way around each of its natural gas pipelines running through plaintiffs? property.   For the reasons stated below, we AFFIRM.       
08a0372p.06          

2008/10/10        

S.E.           v. Grant County Board of Education
              Eastern District of Kentucky at Covington
         
          McKEAGUE, Circuit Judge.  This diversity case involves what some consider to be a David? standing up to an ?out-of-state corporate Goliath.?1  Plaintiffs Donald S. Andrews and Jill Beeler Andrews appeal the district court?s determination that defendant Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation (?Columbia Gas?) is entitled to clear a fifty-foot right of way around each of its natural gas pipelines running through plaintiffs? property.   For the reasons stated below, we AFFIRM.       

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OpinionShort Title/District
08a0600n.06         Hughes           v. Zurz
              Southern District of Ohio at Columbus       
08a0600n.06         Hughes           v. Zurz
              Southern District of Ohio at Columbus       
08a0601n.06         Barber           v. Louisville Jefferson
              Western District of Kentucky at Louisville 

McKEAGUE, Circuit Judge.           Ronald Barber ("Barber") and the Louisville and Jefferson           County Metropolitan Sewer District ("MSD") both appeal           summary judgment orders entered by the district court during the           course of the trial on Barber?s First Amendment and state whistleblower           claims. For the reasons stated below, we affirm the district court?s           orders.       

08a0602n.06         USA           v. Boyett
              Western District of Tennessee at Memphis       
08a0603n.06         USA           v. Earl McBee
              Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville       
08a0604n.06         USA           v. Brock
              Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids       
08a0605n.06         USA           v. Mitchell
              Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids       
08a0605n.06         USA           v. Lofton
              Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids       
08a0606n.06         Chandler           v. Village of Chagrin Falls
              Northern District of Ohio at Cleveland       
08a0607n.06         Rusishvili           v. Mukasey
              Board of Immigration Appeals       

Full post as published by Sixth Circuit Cases on October 11, 2008 (boomark / email).

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