Business Law

  • East Grand Rapids Residents’ PRE Reinstated and Tax Refunded

    September 9, 2018

    Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) denied homeowners a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) on their East Grand Rapids home for tax years 2014-2016, claiming that homeowners received a similar exemption on an out-of-state condominium during the same period. This resulted in nearly $10,000 of additional property tax liabilities for the homeowners. Homeowners filed an informal appeal […]

  • Rhoades McKee Secures Tax-Exempt Status for Non-Profit Properties

    October 11, 2017

    Rhoades McKee challenged the denial by 12 municipal tax authorities of real property and personal property tax exemptions regarding a charitable organization with 23 assisted living facilities in Michigan. One of these matters (Baruch SLS v Township of Tittabawassee) was litigated before the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the Michigan Court of Appeals and ultimately the Michigan […]

  • Unauthorized Stock Sale

    March 12, 2016

    Without our client’s authorization, Unclaimed Property Recovery & Reporting, LLC and UPRR Securities, LLC (“UPRR”) exchanged 247,000 shares of our client’s stock in a company called JDS Uniphase, Corp., for 30,850 new shares. They also, again without the client’s authorization, sold 5,326 of those new shares for $64,391.34, pocketing $55,991.81 of the proceeds and purchasing […]

  • Sales Commission Dispute Victory

    Sales Commission Dispute Victory

    March 6, 2016

    Our client, a West Michigan business, hired the plaintiff as its sales manager and orally agreed to pay him commissions on sales to customers he “went out and got” for the company. After his hiring, numerous customers called into the company to do business with them, and plaintiff, as the sales manager, assisted those customers. […]

  • Reversing the Burden of Proof

    Reversing the Burden of Proof

    March 3, 2016

    We represented the plaintiff, who was hired to grow the defendant company.  In exchange, he was paid a salary plus 20% of the company’s profits.  The problem was that the owner of the company depressed the company profits by improperly expensing items for various other companies and also for personal expenses, which cheated plaintiff out […]

  • Complex Condemnation Case

    December 10, 2015

    The state offered $144k as “just compensation” for 10-acres of vacant land owned by a highly specialized West Michigan nursery business. The property taken by the state was needed by the nursery for its continued expansion, as it was contiguous to its core facility. The state refused to recognize any impact on the nursery beyond the […]

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