Class-Action Lawsuit OK'd Over Asset Seizures

Class-Action Lawsuit OK'd Over Asset Seizures

A federal judge has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit challenging how the state of Michigan seized assets without court approval to cover overdue taxes.

Judge Nancy Edmunds says a class will be certified only for the purposes of determining whether the state is liable. Any financial award would be handled separately. There could be more than 150 parties in the case.

The lawsuit was filed by the owner of Copper Canyon, a brew pub in Southfield. In 2010, Michigan treasury agents changed locks and temporarily seized liquor and cash with a warrant that was never reviewed by a judge.

Copper Canyon says its rights were violated and its reputation suffered. The state says the seizure policy was changed later in 2010.


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