Terms Used In Michigan Laws 432.276

  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Department: means the department of state. See Michigan Laws 432.272
  • Person: means an individual, limited liability company, proprietorship, firm, partnership, joint venture, syndicate, business trust, labor organization, company, corporation, association, committee, governmental entity, or other legal entity. See Michigan Laws 432.272
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories belonging to the United States; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the district and territories. See Michigan Laws 8.3o
  (1) If the secretary of state, upon investigation of a report filed under this act, determines that there is probable cause a violation of this act occurred, the secretary of state shall forward the results of that investigation to the attorney general for enforcement of the penalties provided by this act.
  (2) A person who alleges a violation of this act or rules promulgated under this act shall file a sworn complaint with the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall forward the complaint to the attorney general. Upon receipt of a sworn complaint, the attorney general shall determine whether there is probable cause that there was a violation of this act or the rules promulgated under this act. Notice shall be given to a person within 5 days after a sworn complaint is filed against that person. Notice shall include a copy of the sworn complaint. Every 60 days after the date of a request for an investigation and until the matter is terminated, the attorney general shall mail to the complainant and to the alleged violator notice of the action taken to date by the attorney general, together with the reasons for the action or nonaction. If it is determined that there is no probable cause that a violation of this act occurred, the attorney general shall immediately give notice of that determination to the complainant and to the person previously given notice under this subsection.
  (3) All governmental bodies shall cooperate with the department of attorney general in the conduct of its investigations.