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April 3, 2013 - Chris Tomassucci
Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette refused to dismiss a lawsuit today brought by opponents of Michigan's right-to-work law.

Plaintiffs in the suit are seeking to invalidate the legislation, alleging that locking protesters out of the Capitol when right-to-work was being debated in the Legislature last December violated the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

Attorney General Bill Schuette was hoping for an immediate dismissal.

From the Associated Press:

Circuit Judge William Collette on Wednesday said plaintiffs in the case have a "real uphill battle" but should be allowed to depose witnesses and collect evidence.

He ruled after hearing arguments from the state attorney general's office and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on whether the case should be tossed.

Unions and others say the law should be invalidated because the Open Meetings Act was violated. The state says people already inside the Capitol were allowed to stay, and the public had access to the proceedings on TV and through media coverage.

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