Wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula Ass'n v. Township of Peninsula, Michigan, No. 21-1744 (6th Cir. 2022)

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Justia Opinion Summary

The Sixth Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court denying the motion filed by Protect the Peninsula, Inc. to intervene as a matter of right in an action brought by a group of wineries and an association representing their interests (collectively, the Wineries) against a Michigan municipality over several zoning ordinances that regulate vineyards, holding that the district court erred.

Protect the Peninsula, Inc., a local advocacy group, moved to intervene in this action brought against Peninsula Township challenging the zoning ordinances regulating the vineyards' activities as unconstitutional and in violation of state laws. Protect the Peninsula moved to intervene under Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a)(2), but the district court denied the motion. The Sixth Circuit reversed, holding that Protect the Peninsula satisfied each of Rule 24(a)(2)'s requirements.

Primary Holding
The Sixth Circuit reversed the district court's judgment denying the motion filed by Protect the Peninsula, Inc. to intervene as a matter of right in an action brought by a group of wineries against a Michigan municipality over several zoning ordinances that regulate vineyards, holding that the district court erred.

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