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Right of First Refusal issue. In Michigan Court of Appeals case, Frens Orchards, Inc., v Dunning, et al, the Plaintiff, Frens, had a right of first refusal upon termination of a lease (in which it was Lessee) with the original owner of the property, Deur. In 1999, Deur informed Frens’ president that he would offer the property to it for $350,000 if Frens could pay him that same day. The president did not exercise the right of first refusal. Deur then sold part of the property on 3/31/99 for $92,000 and the other part of the property on 4/1/99 for $50,000.00. In 2011, the president of Frens learned of the sales and sued in 2012 to order the conveyance of the property for the original sale prices. The trial court found that Frens’ claim accrued in 1999–at the time the wrong upon which the claim was based was done, regardless of when damage resulted (MCL 600.5827), and so Frens’ claim was barred by MCL 600.5807(8), which provides that the period of limitations for breach of contract claims is 6 years. On appeal, Frens argued that that the wrong statute was applied and MCL 600.5801(4), should apply, which provides that the period of limitations to claim title in property is 15 years. The court disagreed and affirmed the trial court ruling. Had Frens brought the claim within the six year period allowed, the decision may have been quite different!

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