Supreme Court to Address Interplay (If Any) Between the No-Fault Act and the Governmental Tort Liability Act

Last Friday, September 19, 2014, I participated in a panel discussion at the Negligence Law Section breakout at the state bar conference in Grand Rapids to discuss the Michigan Supreme Court's upcoming (October 8) hearing of oral arguments in the calendar cases of Hunter v. Sisco, et al, and Hannay v. MDOT, the latter in which I [...]

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 Asked to Consider Court of Appeals’ Decision to Keep Anonymous Bloggers Identities Secret in Defamation Suit

In Ghanam v. John Does et al. the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed a trial court's decision to allow the deposition of a fact witness in a defamation suit filed against ostensibly anonymous commentators on an internet-based public forum. Last week, I filed an application for leave to appeal in the Michigan Supreme Court in this case [...]

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 required to reimburse employers for the total amount of workers' compensation benefits payable to injured [...]