“No-Fault” Wage-Loss Benefits Required to Be Paid to Unemployed Claimant Suffering Disabling Injury at the Time of Auto Accident

In Jones v. Home Owners Ins. Co.COA, a 2-1 unpublished opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that a claimant suffering disabling injury in an auto accident was entitled to no-fault wage-loss benefits under Michigan’s No-Fault Act, characterizing her as “temporarily unemployed” under MCL 500.3107a. MCL 500.3107 of the No-Fault Act provides for first-party insurer “work-loss […]

Bank’s Failure to Raise “Abandonment” of Contract Constitutes Waiver in Breach of Contract Action

In Clapper, et al. v. Zochowski, et al, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s ruling granting summary disposition in favor of a bank in a breach of contract action surrounding a loan purchase agreement. The plaintiff sought to purchase a loan obligation held by the bank. The bank was required to produce certain […]

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 liability (and not immune) in an incident in which the officer shot another police officer […]

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 immunity under the Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA), MCL 691.1401, et seq. I briefed and […]

Supreme Court Poised to Address Damages Claims Against Government for Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicles

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a reconsideration and Grant Order, and a Consolidation Order, with respect to the Court of Appeals’ decisions in Hunter v. Sisco, et al. and Hannay v. MDOT cases and will consider them together as calendar cases in the fall. This is turning out to be a significant case both for […]

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 injury” damages available against the government for injuries arising from the negligent operation of a […]

Michigan Supreme Court Denies Leave in Two of Three Cases Pending to Address Legal Causation Under No-Fault Act for Motorcycle Accidents

Last week I filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the State Farm v. MMRMA case pending on application to the Michigan Supreme Court.  As I mentioned in my last post, there were two other cases, both pending on applications to the Court, which asked the Court to deal with the same […]