Confirm favorite deletion?
Property Law Keyed to Singer
Bonner v. City of Brighton
Citation:495 Mich. 209 (2014)
The plaintiffs owned two properties in downtown Brighton. Three structures were situated on the properties: two former residential homes and a barn/garage. All three structures had been unoccupied and unmaintained for over 30 years. In January 2009, the City’s code enforcement officer informed plaintiffs via written notice that the three structures had been deemed unsafe and constituted public nuisances. They were further informed that the structures were unreasonable to repair according to City ordinances and were ordered to demolish the structures within 60 days of date of the notice. Plaintiffs appealed the determination to the City Council. Initially, the City Council stayed review pending an interior inspection, but the plaintiffs rescinded their offer to allow for such an inspection to occur, and the City had to obtain administrative search warrants. On May 27, 2009 the interior inspection occurred and over 45 unsafe conditions were found. On June 4 and June 18, 2009 the hearing resumed. On July 16, 2009, the city unanimously affirmed the building officials determination and ordered demolition within 60 days of its decision. The plaintiffs did not appeal the City Council’s decision, but rather filed this independent cause of action.
Only StudyBuddy Pro offers the complete Case Brief Anatomy*
Access the most important case brief elements for optimal case understanding.
*Case Brief Anatomy includes: Brief Prologue, Complete Case Brief, Brief Epilogue
- The Brief Prologue provides necessary case brief introductory information and includes:
Topic:Identifies the topic of law and where this case fits within your course outline.
Parties:Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
Procedural Posture & History:Shares the case history with how lower courts have ruled on the matter.
Case Key Terms, Acts, Doctrines, etc.:A case specific Legal Term Dictionary.
Case Doctrines, Acts, Statutes, Amendments and Treatises:Identifies and Defines Legal Authority used in this case.
- The Case Brief is the complete case summarized and authored in the traditional Law School I.R.A.C. format. The Pro case brief includes:
Brief Facts:A Synopsis of the Facts of the case.
Rule of Law:Identifies the Legal Principle the Court used in deciding the case.
Facts:What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case.
Issue(s):Lists the Questions of Law that are raised by the Facts of the case.
Holding:Shares the Court's answer to the legal questions raised in the issue.
Concurring / Dissenting Opinions:Includes valuable concurring or dissenting opinions and their key points.
Reasoning and Analysis:Identifies the chain of argument(s) which led the judges to rule as they did.