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E-M:/ TCRE - Commissioner sues Meijer

Robert Carstens, a member of Acme's planning commission, filed a motion in Grand Traverse County Circuit Court Thursday accusing the Grand Rapids-based retail giant, attorney Timothy Stoepker and the law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC of malicious prosecution and abuse of process among several allegations. It charges that Meijer and its attorneys intentionally harmed Carstens and other townships officials through a frivolous lawsuit, illegal campaign activity and secret financial support of a "citizens" group that harassed township officials.
"Defendants used their economic power and position to inflict real economic threat of risk and injury in an attempt to prevent ... public officials from performing the duties of their respective public offices," the complaint alleges.

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