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Terms: 1982 – 1983, 1985 – 1997

Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1982 by Gov. William Milliken after having lost election to the Court that same year. She was removed in 1983 and then elected back to the Court in 1984. She served as Chief Justice from 1987 – 1991, and was re-elected in 1992. She retired in 1997.

Justice Riley earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Wayne State University. She formed her own practice, was appointed Wayne County Friend of the Court, and was a partner in the firm of Riley and Roummel before becoming a Wayne County Circuit Court judge and later the first woman on the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Notable environmental cases decided by Justice Riley include…

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Court Upholds Governor’s Authority to Reorganize the DNR

Courts Must Allow Local Zoning Boards to Re-Zone

DNR Liable for Beach Erosion on Grand Traverse Bay

Groundwater Pollution is No Nuisance for Lowering Property Values

Insurer Must Defend Company in Chemical Dumping Lawsuit

Insurer Must Defend Potential Polluter in EPA Investigation

Kalkaska Can’t Lease Oil & Gas Beneath City Streets

Liability Insurance Coverage for Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

Natural Gas Pipeline Requires Local Township Approval

No Insurance Defense Coverage for Clare’s Leaking Landfill

No Insurance Defense for Leaking Underground Storage Tank

No Insurance Defense for Woodhaven’s Pesticide Application

No State Reimbursement for Livingston County Landfill Upgrades

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