Insurers and Businesses Should Always Consider What Options are Available for Insurance Coverage and Recovery of Insurance Assets When Facing a Dispute, Claim or Lawsuit

One of the most important ways insurance companies and businesses can manage their assets and control their liability is to think creatively about insurance and insuring agreements in managing their day-to-day business operations.  Disputes, claims, and yes, lawsuits often arise in the ordinary course of thriving and vibrant businesses.  This is a natural consequence of […]

Retail Storeowner’s to Face Challenge on Unsafe Aisle Claim in Premises Liability Suit

The Michigan Court of Appeals has issued a 2-1 published opinion and requested a conflict panel under Michigan Court Rule 7.215(J)(2) to address whether retail store owners owe a duty to keep aisles reasonably safe in a case in which the plaintiff tripped over a protruding end-cap platform.  In Quinto v. Woodward Detroit CVS, et al., […]

Supreme Court Remands for Court of Appeals to Reconsider “Parallel Parking” Highway Defect Case

Attached is an order issued today, April 1, 2014, in the case of Yono v. Dep’t of Transportation.146603, by the Supreme Court. This is the case in which the Plaintiff alleged a highway defect under the exception to governmental immunity found in MCL 691.1402(1), for injuries incurred when she slipped and fell in an alleged defect […]

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 appeal, the Supreme Court granted oral argument on the application and invited additional briefing.  Read […]

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 negligence against the governmental entity and its employee, respectively. Plaintiff fell while boarding the bus. […]

Notice of Intent to Sue Government Sent to Third Party Claims Administrator Insufficient to Invoke Exception to Governmental Immunity – Court of Appeals Publishes Decision Holds Notice to Third-Party Claims Administrator Insufficient to Give Government Notice of Claim of Defective Sidewalk

On August 1, 2013, the Court of Appeals released a decision for publication in the case of McLean v. City of Dearborn, clarifying the strict requirements that notice of a claim for defective sidewalks under the highway exception to governmental immunity must be served on the individuals authorized by the governmental immunity statute, not the third-party […]

Michigan Supreme Court Holds Employee Injured In Parking Lot Not Owned or Leased by Employer Did Not Suffer Injury “arising out of” or “in the course of” Employment Sufficient to Prove Right to Workers Compensation Benefits

On June 21, 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a peremptory (in lieu of) order under MCR 7.315(H)(1) reversing the decisions of the lower tribunals (the Michigan Court of Appeals) and remanded this case to the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission for entry of judgment in favor of the employer and its insurer and against the […]