BUSINESS COURT

A Business Court docket will begin in the Ingham County Circuit Court on July 8, 2013.  The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Judge Joyce Draganchuk as the Ingham County Business Court Judge.

In an effort to assist our employees in identifying those cases eligible for Business Court assignment, the party filing a complaint should verify on the face of the complaint that the case qualifies for the Business Court.  Effective September 2, 2013, this verification will be required by court rule.

Parties are also encouraged to attach a Notice of Assignment to the Business Court form to the complaint (or responsive pleading if the case qualifies for the Business Court but was not noticed as such in the initial complaint, or if the counterclaim qualifies the case as a Business Court case).

The Notice of Assignment to the Business Court form will be accepted in lieu of a Motion for Determination as described in MCR 2.112(O)(2).

A Case Qualifies for Business Court
  • The amount in controversy is greater than $25,000, AND
  • All or part of the action includes a business or commercial dispute
Business or Commercial Dispute
  • An action in which all of the parties are business enterprises
  • An action in which 1 or more of the parties are business enterprises and the other parties are its or their present or former:
                                  Owners                        Officers
                                  Managers                     Agents
                                  Shareholders                Employees    
                                  Members                     Suppliers
                                  Directors                      Competitors

                            NOTE:  The claim must arise out of one of the above listed relationships

  • An action in which 1 of the parties is a nonprofit organization and the claims arise out of that party's orginzational structure, goverance, or finances.
  • An action involving the sale, merger purchase, combination, dissolution, liquidation, organization structure, governance, or finances of a business enterprise.
Commercial Dispute does not include 
  • Personal injury actions like wrongful death and malpractice
  • Product liability actions where any claimant is an individual
  • Condemnation matters
  • Appeals
  • Proceedings to enforce judgments
  • Landlord-tenant, land contract or mortgage foreclosure matters involving residential property
  • Employment discrimination
  • Most motor vehicle insurance coverage matters

Please see MCL 600.8031(2) to see the types of actions that business or commercial disputes include, and MCL 600.8031(3) to see the types of actions that business or commercial disputes exclude.

For more information, please contact Rhonda K. Swayze at rswayze@ingham.org or (517) 483-6516.