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Recent Decisions From the Michigan Supreme Court

In re Erwin Estate (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Numbers: 153980, 153981

Justia Opinion Summary: The decedent, James Erwin, Sr., had six children from a previous marriage when he married appellee Maggie Erwin in 1968. James and Maggie had four children together, bringing James’s total number of children to 10. Sever...

Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution v. Secretary of State (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: 157925

Justia Opinion Summary: Voters Not Politicians (VNP) was a ballot-question committee. It filed the initiative petition at issue in this case with defendant Michigan Secretary of State. The initiative proposal would, among other things, amend Co...

Johnson v. Vanderkooi (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Numbers: 156057, 156058

Justia Opinion Summary: Two cases were consolidated, both arising from separate incidents where plaintiffs were individually stopped and questioned by Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) officers. During these stops, plaintiffs’ photographs a...

Michigan Gun Owners, Inc. v. Ann Arbor Public Schools (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 27, 2018
Docket Numbers: 155196, 155204

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, the Ann Arbor and Clio school districts, each had a policy banning firearms on school property. The plaintiffs, advocacy organizations supporting gun ownership and certain parents of children who attend schoo...

Michigan v. Smith (Opinion on Application - Partial Affirm / Reverse)  
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 156353

Justia Opinion Summary: As part of defendant Virgil Smith's plea deal, he agreed to resign his position as a state senator and not seek public office during his five-year probationary term. While serving as a state senator, in May 2015, defenda...

Bertin v. Mann (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 25, 2018
Docket Number: 155266

Justia Opinion Summary: Kenneth Bertin brought an action against Douglas Mann alleging that Mann was negligent in operating a golf cart when he hit Bertin with the cart while the parties were playing a round of golf. The parties offered differi...

Michigan v. Johnson (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 23, 2018
Docket Numbers: 154128, 154130

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated cases, at issue before the Michigan Supreme Court was whether the trial court erred by declining to grant new trials following defendants’ motions for relief from judgment. These cases arise from the 1999...

PEOPLE OF MI V KENDRICK SCOTT (Opinion - Leave Granted)
Date: July 23, 2018
Docket Number: 154130
Trowell v. Providence Hospital & Medical Centers, Inc. (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 23, 2018
Docket Number: 154476

Justia Opinion Summary: Audrey Trowell filed an action against Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Inc., after she sustained injuries while she was hospitalized. At issue in this case was whether plaintiff’s claims sounded in medical malpr...

Ally Financial, Inc. v. Michigan State Treasurer (Opinion on Application - Partial Affirm / Reverse)  
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Numbers: 154670, 154669, 154668

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were financing companies that sought tax refunds under Michigan’s bad-debt statute, MCL 205.54i, for taxes paid on vehicles financed through installment contracts. Defendant Department of Treasury (the Departm...

Michigan v. Arnold (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 19, 2018
Docket Number: 154764

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Lonnie Arnold masturbated in front of an employee at the Monroe Public Library in January 2014. He was charged with aggravated indecent exposure, MCL 750.335a(2)(b), indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent p...

Bazzi v. Sentinel Ins. Co. (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 18, 2018
Docket Number: 154442

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Ali Bazzi, was injured while driving a vehicle owned by his mother, third-party defendant Hala Baydoun Bazzi, and insured by defendant Sentinel Insurance Company (Sentinel). Plaintiff sued Sentinel for mandator...

South Dearborn Environmental Improvement Assn. v. Dept. of Env. Quality (Opinion on Application - Partial Affirm / Reverse)  
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 154524

Justia Opinion Summary: AK Steel operated a steel mill within the Ford Rouge Manufacturing complex in Dearborn, Michigan. The steel mill was subject to air pollution control and permitting requirements under the federal Clean Air Act, and the N...

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