Appeals court revives lawsuit tied to movie studio investigation

­LANSING (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit against a retired state investigator and an ex-prosecutor who are accused of conducting a rogue review that led to charges against two developers in the Grand Rapids area.

The court says Donovan Motley and James Metz II are not entitled to immunity in a lawsuit related to turning an old factory into a movie studio for a $10 million tax credit.

Jack Buchanan Jr. and Joseph Peters were charged by the state with fraud, but the case was dismissed in 2011.

A company controlled by Buchanan, called West Michigan Film, sued Motley and Metz, claiming they interfered with a legitimate deal and spread false information.

Metz was an assistant attorney general. Motley was an investigator for the attorney general.


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