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Recent Decisions From the Michigan Supreme Court

In re Williams (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: May 18, 2018
Docket Number: 155994

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) initiated a child protective proceeding in requesting that the court take jurisdiction of two-year-old JJW and newborn ELW after ELW tested positive for control...

Michigan v. Pinkney (Opinion on Application)  
Date: May 1, 2018
Docket Number: 154374

Justia Opinion Summary: Edward Pinkney was charged with five felony counts of election forgery, and six misdemeanor counts of making a false statement in a certificate-of-recall petition, all for having submitted petitions with falsified dates...

Michigan v. Shami (Opinion on Application)  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 155273

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Samer Shami was charged with violating the Tobacco Products Tax Act (TPTA) for possessing, acquiring, transporting, or offering for sale tobacco products with an aggregate wholesale price of $250 or more as a m...

Millar v. Construction Code Authority (Opinion on Application)  
Date: March 29, 2018
Docket Number: 154437

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Bruce Millar brought an action against the Construction Code Authority (CCA), Elba Township, and Imlay City, alleging violation of the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act (WPA); wrongful termination in violation of p...

Michigan v. Bruner (Opinion on Application)  
Date: March 28, 2018
Docket Number: 154779

Justia Opinion Summary: Carl Bruner, II was convicted by jury trial for: first-degree premeditated murder; assault with intent to commit murder; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a fe...

Safdar v. Aziz (Opinion on Application - Partial Affirm / Reverse)  
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 156611

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court granted Zaid Safdar a divorce from Donya Aziz. The judgment provided the parties would hare joint legal custody of their minor child and that defendant would have sole physical custody of the child. The wif...

Marlette Auto Wash, LLC v. Van Dyke SC Properties, LLC (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: March 19, 2018
Docket Number: 153979

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Marlette Auto Wash, LLC claimed it had an easement through a parking lot owned by defendant Van Dyke SC Properties, LLC, for customers to access a car wash that plaintiff had purchased in 2007. Defendant counte...

Michigan v. Anderson (Opinion on Application)  
Date: March 16, 2018
Docket Number: 155172

Justia Opinion Summary: Tremel Anderson was charged with: assault with intent to commit murder; carrying a concealed weapon; felonious assault; and carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony. The charges arose after an incident that a...

Estate of James Armour II v. Hall (Opinion on Application)  
Date: January 3, 2018
Docket Number: 155991

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Michigan Supreme Court in this case is whether plaintiff, arguing that venue was improper, could avail herself of MCR 2.223(A), which permitted a court to order a venue change “on timely motion of a d...

Michigan v. White (Opinion on Application)  
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: 149490

Justia Opinion Summary: Anthony White pled guilty to armed robbery, and breaking and entering, all in connection with a gas station robbery during which he held a gun to the cashier’s head. He was sentenced to 108 to 480 months in prison for th...

Michigan v. Lyles (Opinion on Application)  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: 153185

Justia Opinion Summary: In his trial for first-degree murder, the trial court improperly denied defendant William Lyles, Jr.’s request for an instruction informing the jury that his evidence of good character could create a reasonable doubt. Th...

Ray v. Swager (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 152723

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael and Jacqueline Ray, acting as coconservators for their minor child, Kersch Ray, filed an action against Eric Swager, Scott Platt, and others, in part alleging that Swager was liable for the injuries suffered by K...

IN RE RASMER ESTATE (Opinion - Leave Granted)
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 153356
In re Gorney Estate (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Numbers: 153370, 153371, 153372, 153373

Justia Opinion Summary: In several cases consolidated for review, the issue common to all was whether the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services could recover from beneficiaries’ estates an amount equivalent to certain Medicaid benefi...

Michigan v. Lewis (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 154396

Justia Opinion Summary: Gary Lewis was convicted after a jury trial on four counts of third-degree arson, and one count of second-degree arson. The trial court sentenced defendant as a fourth-offense habitual offender to 17 to 30 years of impri...

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