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Term: 1982-1999

Justice James Brickley was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1982 by Gov. William Milliken (R). He was elected to the Court in 1984 and re-elected in 1988 and 1996. He retired from the Court in 1999.

Justice Brickley earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Detroit and a master’s in law from New York University. Throughout his career, he was a Special Agent for the FBI, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Wayne County, a United States Attorney, President of Eastern Michigan University, Lieutenant Governor of Michigan under Gov. Milliken, and an adjunct professor of government and law.

Notable environmental cases decided by Justice Brickley include…

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Court Invalidates Lansing Storm Water Pollution Control Fee

Court Upholds DNR’s Authority to Search Fishing Vessels

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

DNR’s Burt Lake Boat Launch Subject to Local Zoning Control

Groundwater Pollution is No Nuisance for Lowering Property Values

Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant Subject to Local Zoning Controls

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 Eminent Domain Compensation for Warren Highway Pollution

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

Sand Dune Erosion Can Be Environmental Harm

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