In Little v Hirschman, 472 Mich 862; 692 NW2d 384 (2005), the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the validity of dedications in plats allowing back-lot owners to use beaches, lakes, rivers and other recreational areas. Specifically at issue was the enforceability of dedications of land for private use; the firm represented the Michigan Association of REALTORS® in support of those dedications. The Court of Appeals had held that dedications of land for private use were prohibited. The Michigan Supreme Court reversed, finding in favor of the owners of back-lots, recognizing the validity of private dedications, and granting the back-lot owners an irrevocable right to use the privately-dedicated land.
In Hall v Small, 267 Mich App 330; 705 NW2d 741, lv den 474 Mich 972 (2005), the firm represented the Michigan Association of REALTORS® in support of real estate agents on the issue of whether a release, signed by purchasers at closing, was valid. The Court of Appeals found the release to be valid and affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of purchaser’s claims against the real estate agents and brokers.