Category Archives: Michigan Supreme Court Opinions

Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of “Unlawful Taking” Under Exclusion in Michigan’s No-Fault Act for Motorcycle Accident Claims

As I had predicted in earlier posts, the Supreme Court has ruled that a motorcyclist who borrowed a stolen motorcycle, but did not know the motorcycle had been stolen, was entitled to benefits under Michigan’s No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act, and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Amicus Brief Filed in State Farm v. MMRMA Case Considering Whether Police Vehicle Pursuing Speeding Motorcyclist Sufficiently “Involved” In Motor Vehicle Accident to Require Apportionment of Liability Among No-Fault Insurance Carriers

I filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Oakland County, Macomb County and Wayne County in this case, urging the Supreme Court to grant Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority’s application or, alternatively, to reverse the Court of Appeals.  My brief … Continue reading

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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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