Category Archives: Public Corporations

“Gross Negligence” Exception to Governmental Immunity Under Attack in Cases Against First Responders / Law Enforcement Officers

The Court of Appeals has released two cases that appear to undermine the meaning of the “statutory” “gross negligence” exception, MCL 691.1407(2) under Michigan’s Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA). The GTLA, MCL 691.1401 et seq., provides immunity for law enforcement officers … Continue reading

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Lego v. Liss – State Files Appeal in Governmental Immunity Case Involving “Friendly Fire” Incident

Last week, the state of Michigan filed an Application for Leave to Appeal in the Michigan Supreme Court challenging the Court of Appeals (majority) opinion in this case Lego v. Liss, holding that a police officer could be subject to … Continue reading

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Court of Appeals Holds Tree Laying on Roadway Surface Not a “Defect” in the “Highway” Under “Highway Exception” to Governmental Immunity

In Estate of Truett v. Wayne County.opn, the Court of Appeals (Judges Servitto (presiding), Beckering, and Fort Hood) unanimously held that a tree lying in the roadbed is not a “defect” within the meaning of the “highway exception” to governmental … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Consider “Scope” of Government’s Liability Under Motor Vehicle Exception and No-Fault Insurance Act

Yesterday, I filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Michigan Townships Association, Oakland County, Macomb County, and Wayne County to challenge the Court of Appeals’ decision in Hannay v. Michigan Department of Transportation. There the Court of Appeals ruled that “bodily … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on “Parallel Parking Space” Defect Case Against Government

Last week, the Michigan Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Yono v. Michigan Department of Transportation, Supreme Court Docket No. 146603. I recently filed a supplemental amicus curiae brief on behalf of Oakland County Road Commission, Wayne … Continue reading

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Court of Appeals Holds All Three Criteria in MCL 418.161(1)(n) Must Be Met Before a Person Can Be Considered an “Independent Contractor” as “Opposed to an Employee” Under Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policy

In  a published decision released yesterday, Auto Owners Ins Co v. All Star Lawn, et al Auto Owners Ins Co v. All Star Lawn, et al, the Court of Appeals concludes that all three criteria in MCL 418.161(1)(n) of the Workers … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Denies Challenge to Court of Appeals Holding that Term “Bodily Injury” in Motor Vehicle Exception to Governmental Immunity is Limited to Medical Damages for Corporeal Injury to Body and Does Not Encompass Non-Economic Tort Damages

In an order issued yesterday, Hunter v. Sisco.sct.order.11.20.2013, the Michigan Supreme Court denied an appeal challenging the Court of Appeals published opinion, which held the term “bodily injury” in the statutory provision known as the motor vehicle exception to governmental immunity in … Continue reading

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