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Recent Decisions From the Michigan Supreme Court

Michigan v. Calloway (Opinion on Application)  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: 153636, 153751

Justia Opinion Summary: Points may be assessed for OV 5 even absent proof that a victim’s family member has sought or received, or intends to seek or receive, professional treatment. Tiwaun Calloway was convicted by jury of second-degree murder...

City of Holland v. Consumers Energy Co. (Opinion on Application)  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Numbers: 151051, 151053

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated cases, two municipalities sought to provide electric service through municipal electric utilities. Central to both cases was the applicability Michigan Administrative Code Rule 411 (sometimes referred to...

Frank v. Linkner (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 151888

Justia Opinion Summary: MCL 450.4515(1)(e) provided alternative statutes of limitations: one based on the time of discovery of the cause of action and the other based on the time of accrual of the cause of action. Plaintiffs were former employe...

Estate of Nickola v MIC General Ins. Co. (Opinion on Application)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 152535

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, George and Thelma Nickola, were injured in a car accident. The driver of the other car was insured with a no-fault insurance policy provided the minimum liability coverage allowed by law: $20,000 per person, up...

Michigan v. Franklin (Opinion on Application)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 152840

Justia Opinion Summary: This case centered on whether a trial court, in its discretion, could hold an evidentiary hearing to collaterally review a magistrate’s finding of probable cause on the basis of a defendant’s challenge to the veracity of...

In re Hicks/Brown (Opinion on Application - Partial Affirm / Reverse)  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 153786

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Michigan’s Probate Code, the Department of Health and Human Services has an affirmative duty to make reasonable efforts to reunify a family before seeking termination of parental rights. The Department also has an...

SBC Health Midwest, Inc. v. City of Kentwood (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 151524

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tax Tribunal erred by concluding that MCL 211.7n, a statute specifically exempting from taxation the real or personal property owned and occupied by nonprofit educational institutions, controlled over the more genera...

Perkovic v. Zurich American Ins. Co. (Opinion on Application)  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 152484

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, plaintiff Dragen Perkovic was operating a semitruck in Nebraska when he swerved to avoid hitting a car that had spun out in front of him. Plaintiff’s truck then crashed into a wall. Plaintiff’s resulting injurie...

Barton-Spencer v. Farm Bureau Life Ins. Co. of Michigan (Opinion on Application)  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Numbers: 153655, 153656

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented in this case was whether, by signing a contract providing that plaintiff agreed “to reimburse [defendants’] attorney fees and costs as may be fixed by the court,” the parties agreed that the amount of...

Graham v. Foster (Opinion on Application - Partial Affirm / Reverse)  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 152058

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, defendant Sharea Foster, gave birth to a son, BF. Plaintiff Shae Graham alleged that he was the biological father of BF and therefore should be recognized as BF’s legal father. However, defendant has been marrie...

Michigan v. Barrera (Opinion on Application)  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 151282

Justia Opinion Summary: John Barrera was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC-II) for sexually assaulting his wife’s granddaughter. Defendant pleaded no co...

Lowrey v. LMPS & LMPJ, Inc. (Opinion on Application)  
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 153025

Justia Opinion Summary: On a snowy night, plaintiff Krystal Lowrey went with friends to defendant Woody’s Diner for drinks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While exiting the diner, she fell on the stairs and injured herself. She brought this pre...

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