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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.

Bankruptcy hearing is scheduled in Kalamazoo on January 9, 2013
Hearing now postponed until March 6, 2013 

BENTON HARBOR, MI–(Marketwire – Jan 8, 2013) – When New Products Corporation (NPC) recently learned about the proposed bankruptcy sale of Modern Plastics Corp.’s real estate on North Shore Drive in Benton Harbor, including all the lands and buildings, for a low price of $25,000, the company started asking questions. After all, Modern Plastics had been a customer and NPC’s neighbor on North Shore Drive in Benton Harbor for more than 70 years before it was forced to close its doors in 2008 and file for bankruptcy.

Click here to read the full press release.

March 13, 2013, Yahoo! Finance, “New Products Purchases Modern Plastics Mortgage.”
NPC makes a move to protect its property from total encirclement by Harbor Shores.

March 5, 2013, Yahoo! Finance, “New Products Corporation is the Highest Bidder to Buy Modern Plastics Mortgage.”
NPC makes a move to protect its property from total encirclement by Harbor Shores.

 

It’s been more than a year since New Products has filed a lawsuit against Harbor Shores and developers of the Harbor Shores Golf Course for taking company property without asking. It is now part of the 18th fairway. During the past year, New Products has been stonewalled from getting information relevant to the development of the golf course.

New Products Corporation goes to court in response to Harbor Shores’ motion to deny access to documents about the golf course’s development. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:30PM at the Circuit Court of Berrien County.

Read the full press release here.
Read NPC’s response to the Harbor Shores motion to deny access to subpoenaed documents here.

New Products vs Harbor Shores Complaint
This is a 22 page document with 13 exhibits. Don’t be afraid of Legalese! It is written in understandable English.

The map shows (in red) NPC’s property grabbed by Harbor Shores.