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Term: 1983-1998

Justice Patricia Boyle was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1983 by Gov. James Blanchard (D). She was elected to the court in 1986 and re-elected in 1990. Her term ended in 1998.

Justice Boyle earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Wayne State University. She served as Assistant United States Attorney and Director of Research Training and Appeals in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office before becoming a judge. She served as Judge in the Recorders Court in Detroit from 1976 to 1978. She was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, where she served until her Michigan Supreme Court appointment.

Notable environmental cases decided by Justice Boyle 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

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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