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2002 L. Rev. M.S.U.-D.C.L. 933 (2002)
Michigan's Civil Retroactivity Jurisprudence: A Proposed Framework

handle is hein.journals/mslr2002 and id is 949 raw text is: COMMENT:
MICHIGAN'S CIVIL RETROACTIVITY
JURISPRUDENCE: A PROPOSED FRAMEWORK
Brian Quinn*
2002 L. REv. M.S.U.-D.C.L. 933
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION  ............................................  934
I. BACKGROUND  ...........................................  936
A. A  Little Perspective  ..................................  936
B. Competing Principles of Retroactivity Jurisprudence ....... 938
C. Michigan Retroactivity Cases ..........................  940
1. Dearborn Fire Fighters Union Local No.
412 v. City of Dearborn  ...........................  940
2.  Tebo  v. Havlik  ...................................  941
3. Washtenaw County v. State Tax Commission ........... 944
4. Bolt v. City  of Lansing  .............................  945
5. Pohutski v. City ofAllen Park ....................... 946
D. The United States Supreme Court's Treatment of
Retroactivity  Issues  .................................  948
II.  A NALYSIS  .............................................  951
A. Recognizing the Differences Between Choice of Law and
Remedial Retroactivity  ...............................  951
B. Choice of Law Retroactivity Issues ..................... 953
1. Cases Announcing a New Rule of Law ................ 953
a. The Balancing Approach for Cases Announcing a
New  Rule of Law  .............................  956
2. Cases Litigating the Retroactivity of a Previous Decision . 959
C. Remedial Retroactivity Issues ..........................  961
D. An Analytical Framework for Assessing
Retroactivity  Problems  ...............................  963
* J.D. candidate 2003, Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law; B.S. 2000,
cum laude, Wayne State University. The author would like to thank Professor C. Nicholas
Revelos and colleagues Julie Rajzer and Matt Payok for their guidance and thoughtful readings
of this comment. The author would also like to thank Jason C. Long, former clerk to Justice
Michael F. Cavanagh and associate at Steinhardt, Pesick & Cohen P.C., for piquing the author's
interest in this topic. A special thanks to my wife and family for their support.

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