LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan appeals court has revived a lawsuit against a retired state investigator and an ex-prosecutor who are accused of conducting a rogue review that led to charges against two developers in the Grand Rapids area.
The court says Donovan Motley and James Metz II are not entitled to immunity in a lawsuit related to turning an old factory into a movie studio for a $10 million tax credit.
Jack Buchanan Jr. and Joseph Peters were charged by the state with fraud, but the case was dismissed in 2011. A company controlled by Buchanan, called West Michigan Film, sued Motley and Metz, claiming they interfered with a legitimate deal and spread false information.
Metz was an assistant attorney general. Motley was an investigator for the attorney general.