Benton Harbor, MI (July 30, 2013) – Harbor Shores is blocking New Products Corporation (NPC) rights to a jury trial according to the Michigan company’s attorneys. In September 2011, New Products Corporation (NPC) filed a lawsuit against Harbor Shores, Whirlpool and developers of the Harbor Shores Golf Course for taking the company’s property which is now part of the 18th fairway.
“A jury trial is not only essential to protecting our company’s rights but the rights of others as well,” said Cheryl Miller, president and CEO of New Products Corporation. “This is just one of many roadblocks Harbor Shores and Whirlpool have attempted throughout the process.”
Harbor Shores petitioned the Berrien County Circuit Court for a bench trial to deny NPC’s Constitutional right to a jury trial. Attorneys for New Products Corporation (NPC) filed an appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals after Berrien County Circuit Court granted Harbor Shores’ motion to limit a jury trial.
“It’s apparent that Harbor Shores’ strategy is to divert time and resources from the main issue that prompted this lawsuit—taking property that doesn’t belong to them,” said Miller. “It adds insult to injury when Harbor Shores and others fail to recognize and acknowledge our 91 years of continuous manufacturing operations in Benton Harbor and our many contributions to this community.”
View NPC’s motion here.