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Term: 1987 – 1994

Justice Robert Griffin was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1986. He retired at the end of his term in 1994.

Justice Griffin graduated from Central Michigan College (now University) and the University of Michigan Law School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and clerked for Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Dethmers before entering private practice in Traverse City. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956 and re-elected through 1966, when Gov. George Romney (R) appointed him to the U.S. Senate. He was elected to the Senate in 1966 and re-elected 1972.

Notable environmental cases decided by Justice Griffin include…

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Court Upholds Governor’s Authority to Reorganize the DNR

DNR Liable for Beach Erosion on Grand Traverse Bay

Groundwater Pollution is No Nuisance for Lowering Property Values

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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