Vinson Presents on Electronic Discovery at MACP Conference

Several attorneys from our Firm participated in the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) Mid-Winter Training Conference recently held in Grand Rapids, MI. The conference was attended by chiefs of police, sheriffs, 911 dispatch coordinators and various law enforcement-related officials.

Ethan Vinson, an attorney in our Livonia office, gave a presentation to a well-attended crowd on the court rules regarding electronic discovery (e-discovery).  E-discovery refers to any process in which electronic data is sought, located, secured, and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a civil or criminal legal case.  Mr. Vinson explained some common issues with e-discovery, including accessibility, spoliation, collection, and form of production.  They also outlined the implications of e-discovery on law enforcement agencies.  If your governmental entity is interested in a similar presentation, please contact either Mr. Vinson at (734) 261-2400.

Allan Vander Laan and Andrew Brege, both attorneys in our Grand Rapids office, also attended the conference and enjoyed having the opportunity to further enhance and develop new relationships with MACP members.

Grant Wins Defamation Case for Michigan Sheriff

Greg Grant, an attorney in our Traverse City office, recently obtained a dismissal in a defamation case filed against a Michigan sheriff.  The plaintiff in the case ran against the incumbent sheriff during the last election.  The plaintiff claimed that the sheriff made numerous defamatory statements to others regarding the plaintiff’s background and qualifications during the campaign.

Through discovery, Mr. Grant was able to demonstrate that any statements made by the sheriff about the plaintiff were either absolutely true or not capable of defamatory meaning.  The circuit court agreed and dismissed the plaintiff’s lawsuit with prejudice prior to trial.

Mr. Grant subsequently filed a motion against the plaintiff seeking an award of all costs and attorney fees for having to defend the case.  The court found the plaintiff’s lawsuit to be frivolous under Michigan law and ordered the plaintiff to pay all of the sheriff’s costs and attorney fees since the inception of the case.

Mr. Grant can be reached at (231)922-1888 or