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 Both “Noneconomic” and “Economic Benefits” Damages Cases Against Governmental Entities

As I had predicted in earlier posts (see below), and suggested in my amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in Hannay v. MDOT, Supreme Court Docket No. 146763, yesterday, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order granting reconsideration of the application filed in Hunter v. Sisco, Supreme Court No. 147335, ordering the parties to […]

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 […]

Supreme Court to Consider “Residency” of Migrant Farm Workers Under No-Fault Act for Purposes of Priority of Insurance Coverage for No-Fault Benefits

Yesterday, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered oral argument on an insurer’s application to consider the question of whether a migrant farm worker Salvador Lorenzo (Lorenzo) who maintained no permanent residency but spent time in North Carolina, Florida and Michigan every year was a “resident” of Michigan at the time passengers riding in his vehicle (Plaintiffs) […]

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 […]

Supreme Court to Consider Meaning of “Bodily Injury” Under Motor Vehicle Exception

I am writing an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief on behalf of Wayne County and Michigan Townships Association, among others, in this public liability case in which the Supreme Court has granted the State of Michigan’s application for leave to appeal to address whether “bodily injury” liability available against the government under the […]

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 in which a governmental entity is involved.  The Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA) allows suit […]