Greetings and Welcome

Thank you for visiting. I am Carson J. Tucker, an appellate and insurance law attorney.  I use this blog to communicate and engage with clients and colleagues about important court opinions, legal issues and policy.  More about my practice can be found on my LinkedIn pageCarson J. Tucker on LinkedIn.

I research, I write, and I help people solve problems, and I advocate for them in court, mostly on appeal from unfavourable decisions of the inferior courts. Using a combination of updates on LinkedIn, this medium, as well as direct personal contact, I have been able to succeed by keeping my clients up to date on the most pressing issues of law and policy that interests them, engaging with them early about a case or issue, and coming up with a strategy to try and change it or support it, depending on the circumstances.

I intend this blog to generally cover issues of appellate law, with some more targeted and detailed analysis of cases that are important to my clients and to myself. 

There is no legal advice intended or imparted by this blog.

Posted in May It Please the Court | Leave a comment

A New Direction for Qualified Immunity in Alleged Factual Disputes in Fourth Amendment Excessive Force Claims? – Supreme Court Foreshadows Potential Future Treatment

On April 24, 2017, the Supreme Court denied a petition filed challenging the Fifth Circuit’s affirmance of a case in which the district court granted summary judgment to a police officer on qualified immunity grounds in an excessive force case. … Continue reading

Gallery | Leave a comment

United States Supreme Court Petition Filed in Case Seeking to Resolve Whether Federal Courts Owe Any Deference to a Federal Agency’s Interpretation and Application of a Plain and Unambiguous Statutory Provision.

Another United States Supreme Court Petition filed by Law Offices of Carson J. Tucker. Summary to follow in the next few days. Read the petition here: DCV Imports Petition (April 24 2017)    

Gallery | Leave a comment

United States Supreme Court Completes Oral Arguments in Veterans’ Pension Benefits Case in which Pro Bono Amicus Curiae Brief was Submitted by Law Offices of Carson J. Tucker

On Monday, the Court heard oral arguments in the case of Howell v. Howell, Case No. 15-1031. I’ve written ad nauseum about this case and the pro bono amicus curiae brief submitted on behalf of Veterans of Foreign Wars and … Continue reading

Gallery | Leave a comment

When Mud Becomes Muck. Supreme Court Refuses to Answer Question Upon Which Cert was Granted – Whether and How an Underlying Malicious Prosecution Claim Can Be Brought as a Constitutional Tort Under 42 U.S.C. 1983 – and Instead Answers Another Question, Unclearly, When Does a Fourth Amendment Claim for Unreasonable Seizure “Accrue” Under State Law Statute of Limitations?

Noting a split of authority among the Circuit Courts as to whether a “malicious prosecution” claim is even cognizable under 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983, and if so, what “constitutional right” is it tethered to, the Supreme Court granted certiorari ostensibly … Continue reading

Gallery | Leave a comment

Law Offices of Carson J. Tucker Mentioned in News Article About Supreme Court Friend of the Court Brief Advocating for Protection of Disabled Veterans’ Federal Benefits

“Carson Tucker, an attorney who wrote the friend of the court brief for the VFW and a group called Operation Firing for Effect, said a veteran’s disability pay should be protected. That money is needed to support disabled veterans who … Continue reading

Gallery | Leave a comment

Supreme Court Accepts Amicus Curiae Brief prepared by Law Offices of Carson J. Tucker

The Michigan Supreme Court has issued an Order Docketing Amicus Curiae Brief prepared by the Law Offices of Carson J. Tucker on behalf of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (local affiliate of the Defense Research Institute), in the case of Skidmore v. Consumers Energy Company, Supreme Court Case No. 154030.

Prior posts summarized this case, and included the brief.



Posted in Appeals, Appeals and Legal Research, Appellate Lawyer, Business and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Insurance Lawyer, May It Please the Court, Michigan Supreme Court Orders, Property and Casualty, Public Corporations, Recent Judicial Dispositions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

United States Supreme Court Oral Argument in Veterans’ Case

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments next week in Howell v. Howell. After I filed the friend of the Court Brief for Veterans of Foreign Wars and Operation Firing for Effect,  Respondent’s Brief and the Petitioner’s Reply have been filed. The Solicitor General … Continue reading

Gallery | Leave a comment