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As Michigan emerges from lockdown, we are beginning to have increased court rulings on pending motions and appeals.  We are pleased to report two favorable decisions on cases involving temporary employment.  In both cases, Cardelli Lanfear represented labor brokers who placed employees for work at a customer’s location. In Banda-Taveras v Elwood Staffing Agency, the […]

Where a Plaintiff files a bankruptcy action and later files a personal injury lawsuit based on a pre-bankruptcy incident, the failure to disclose the personal injury claim on the bankruptcy petition will preclude the personal injury lawsuit based upon the defense of Judicial Estoppel.  In Hernandez v. Atlas Roofing Company, the trial court granted ruled […]

In a recent unpublished Michigan Court of Appeals decision, the Court significantly limited the ability of a plaintiff to assert a misrepresentation claim against an automobile dealership.  In Seltz v Ford Motor Co, unpublished per curiam opinion of the Court of Appeals (Docket NO. 341700, issued Nov 5, 2019), the Court observed that, unless an […]

Cardelli Lanfear has won a significant appeal, reversing a trial court decision that allowed a City of Detroit to (a) operate a bus system, making it liable for first-party benefits owed to a passenger; (b) self-insure, rather than incur the expense of securing insurance for first-party benefits; and (c) pass along its obligation to pay […]

Cardelli Lanfear has won a significant litigation victory as counsel for an expert witness who was fighting an overbroad subpoena seeking to obtain records from his expert witness services in other cases as well as broad financial information. A motion to strike the subpoena was completely granted in Wayne County Circuit Court.  Cardelli Lanfear is […]

The appellate team of Cardelli Lanfear wanted to provide an update regarding the general timing trends for civil cases in the Michigan Court of Appeals.  Based on information provided by the Court for 2018, the following average timelines are notable: Approximately 6 months to complete briefing in an appeal (from the date of filing). After […]

Cardelli Lanfear is pleased to report that the Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court ruling granting summary disposition to a firm client.  In Griffin v Swartz Ambulance Services, the plaintiff was injured in an automobile accident.  While being transferred to the emergency room by the firm’s client’s ambulance, there was a second […]

The firm is pleased to report that the Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court order granting summary disposition against a crossclaim for indemnification filed by one of its clients.  In Jackson v. Spartan Barricading, the plaintiff sued a firm client, alleging negligence in the supplying of a road construction sign to her […]

Tom Cardelli was part of a group of 15 Primerus members that attended the recent Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) annual meeting. See photo below. Pictured are Primerus employees Chad Sluss, Senior Vice President of Services, and Chris Dawe, Vice President of Services and Associate General Counsel.

The firm is pleased to report that it obtained summary disposition for one of its clients in a third-party automobile negligence matter filed in Wayne County Circuit Court.  In this particular case, the plaintiff sued our client, despite the fact that the plaintiff failed to yield at a stop sign.  The trial court agreed that […]

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