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On trial for his 163rd jury trial, Thomas Cardelli successfully defended cable giant Frontier Communications in Muskegon County Circuit Court.  Plaintiffs had rejected a $600,000 mediation, forcing a trial regarding the high-speed vehicle collision.  The jury returned a unanimous verdict finding no negligence by Frontier and its employee. Thomas Cardelli is the founder of Cardelli […]

Introduction – A Clean Slate for Past Convictions Effective April 11, 2021, the Michigan legislature in conjunction with the Governor enacted legislation to afford Michiganders the opportunity to expunge criminal convictions from their record if they have demonstrated good behavior in the time since said convictions were entered, including not being convicted of subsequent crimes. […]

No reasonable person would contest that 2020 was a year full of changes from the “normal” way of living. It was no different for attorneys litigating matters. There were numerous changes to litigation that were, at first, new to us. However, as the year reached its conclusion, it became apparent that not every change in […]

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In a recent unpublished Michigan Court of Appeals decision, the Court significantly limited the ability of a plaintiff to assert a misrepresentation claim against an automobile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  In Seltz v Ford Motor Co, unpublished per curiam opinion of the Court of Appeals (Docket NO. 341700, issued Nov 5, 2019), the Court observed that, unless an […]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

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