CHICAGO -- The Michigan attorney general's office has joined a lawsuit in which Ypsilanti Township charges that General Motors Corp. cannot close a local assembly plant because the township granted it personal property tax abatements for the facility.

A friend of the court brief was filed in U.S. district court in Detroit by the attorney general's office on behalf of the township on Friday, according to Chris DeWitt, a spokesman for Attorney General Frank J. Kelley.

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