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Kent County Launches Specialized Business Court

Beginning on March 1, 2012, Kent County authorized a Specialized Business Docket ("SBD") Court, a private program as directed by the Michigan State Court Administrative office. SBD projects were launched in the Oakland and Macomb counties in the Metro Detroit area and in Kent County in the West Michigan region. The SBD concept is essentially an experiment in efficiency and at this time all civil lawsuit matters involving partnership termination, business accounting, corporate receivership and unlawful trade practice allegations are automatically assigned to the SBD Court. The primary goal of the Kent County SBD Court is to resolve complex business cases quickly and efficiently because justice delayed may very well be justice denied, even in the corporate world.

The second goal of the SBD is to tailor case management, discovery, and ultimate adjudication to the specific needs of each case, thereby removing unnecessary procedures in each case and the hope is to yield results in a prompt, cost-effective manner. SBD also intends to simplify the litigation process by enabling attorneys to file documents electronically and meet with the SBD judge whenever a case requires judicial attention. Ultimately SBD intends to promote transparency and predictability because the SBD judge will reduce all decisions to writing and publish those ruling on an interactive website for attorneys and the general public to review. Pursuant to an October 18, 2011 local administrative order issued by the Kent County Circuit Court, cases filed whether as a complaint, counter-claim, cross-claim or third-party complaint that involve business governance, shareholder derivative and oppression suits, business torts, trade secrets between businesses, commercial real estate disputes between businesses, business to business disputes including contracts, construction disputes and employment matters, commercial insurance coverage disputes, employment law matters including non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation, individual business owners against non-individual owned business and any matter with a compulsory arbitration mandate, all are specific cases to be assigned to the SBD.

The attorneys of Duba & Duba, PLLC have business litigation experience and encourage prospective clients to contact our firm to discuss the merits of a business litigation matter that may arise.

The topics contained in this article are intended to be general and representative in nature and not specific legal advice for any particular circumstance. Please feel free to contact Duba & Duba, PLLC to inquire about an analysis of your particular facts and circumstances.


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