Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Michigan Supreme Court Dismisses Chabad Property Dispute On Statute of Limitations Grounds

In Chabad-Lubavitch of Michigan v. Schuchman, (MI Sup. Ct., May 20, 2015), the Michigan Supreme Court in a brief opinion reversed the state court of appeals in a dispute between Chabad-Lubavitch of Michigan and a local Chabad organization over ownership of a Chabad center in West Bloomfield. The parent organization claimed that the property should have been titled in its name. In the case, the appeals court had rejected defendants' statute of limitations defense, holding that the statute was equitably tolled during the time that the parties were engaged in Chabad's mandatory ecclesiastical dispute resolution process. (See prior posting.)  Reversing, the Michigan Supreme Court said "there are no grounds on which to equitably toll the statute of limitations."