Category Archives: Michigan Supreme Court Opinions

Supreme Court to Consider Scope of Highway Defect Exception

In Yono v. MDOT, Supreme Court Case No. 146603, a case in which I submitted an amicus curiae brief for Macomb County Department of Roads, Oakland County Road Commission and Wayne County in support of the state’s application for leave to … Continue reading

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Bus Passenger’s Cause of Action Dismissed Against Transportation Commission – Court of Appeals Affirms Trial Court’s Judgment for Transportation Commission

In Palmer v. Blue Water Area Transportation Commission, the Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s judgment of no cause of action against a governmental entity (here a transportation commission) in a suit by a bus passenger alleging negligence and gross … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Grants to Consider Whether Governmental Entities are Liable for “Wage Loss” Damages Under No-Fault Act

The Michigan Supreme Court has granted leave to appeal to address whether the “motor vehicle” exception to governmental immunity allows parties to seek economic damages in the form of “wage loss”, for bodily injuries arising out of motor vehicle accidents … Continue reading

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Michigan Supreme Court Rules Physical Custody of Children Per Court Order Under Child Custody Act Determines “Domicile” for Purposes of Allocating Priority of Coverage and Risk Sharing Among Automobile Insurers Under Michigan’s Automobile No-Fault Insurance Act

In a 4-3 opinion (authored by Justice Kelly and Joined by Chief Justice Young and Justices Cavanagh and Viviano) the Court addressed the meaning of the legal term “domiciled” in MCL 500.3114(1) of Michigan’s No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act, which establishes … Continue reading

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Residential Landlords Placed on Notice of Criminal Activity on Premises Liable for Attacks on Tenants and Guests Even Where Attack Takes Place in Open / Public Spaces Adjacent to Apartment / Dwelling

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled today in the case of Bailey v. Schaaf Opinion.07,.30.2013.144055 Opinion, that a residential landlord could be held liable to the guest of a tenant who was randomly attacked by an unknown criminal perpetrator who entered … Continue reading

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Michigan Supreme Court Issues Important 6-1 Decision on Priority of Payments for PIP Benefits and Rules Against Double Recovery

In Harris v. Auto Club.07.29.2013, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled a plaintiff injured in a motor vehicle accident was not entitled to double recovery of medical benefits under the automobile liability policy issued to the owner of the motor vehicle … Continue reading

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County Sheriff Not Liable for Civil Damages for Contempt of Probate Court Order to Estate of Mental Health Patient Awaiting Transport to County Mental Health Facility

In In re Estate of Bradley (1), the Michigan Supreme Court held the Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA), MCL 691.1401, et seq., provides immunity from tort liability to a county sheriff and his or her deputies for alleged violation of … Continue reading

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Police Chief Absolutely Immune for Conducting Arrest Under Michigan Governmental Immunity Provisions

On June 20, 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a 3-2 Opinion (Justices McCormack and Viviano not participating) holding that “absolute immunity” for executive level government officials applied as well to the performance by these officials of the duties and … Continue reading

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Michigan Supreme Court Issues 3-2 Decision on Meaning of “Absolute Immunity” for Executive Level Government Officials Under MCL 691.1407(5)

On June 20, 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a 3-2 Opinion (Justices McCormack and Viviano not participating) holding that “absolute immunity” for executive level government officials applied as well to the performance by these officials of the duties and … Continue reading

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Michigan Supreme Court Rules Second Injury Fund Required Only to Reimburse Dual-Employer “Coordinated” Amount of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Payable to Injured Employee

In a 4-2 decision (Viviano, J., not participating), the Supreme Court overruled the decision of the Court of Appeals in Rahman v. Detroit Bd. of Education, 245 Mich. App. 103 (2001), and held that the state Second Injury Fund is not … Continue reading

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