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In re Ferranti (Opinion on Application)  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Numbers: 157907, 157908

Justia Opinion Summary: The respondents had several children together. Their youngest, a daughter, JF, was born in 2003. JF had spina bifida, and as a result, had trouble ambulating without the aid of a mobility device. Also related to spina bi...

Kendzierski v. Macomb County. (Opinion on Application)  
Date: May 30, 2019
Docket Number: 156086

Justia Opinion Summary: This case was a class action brought on behalf of approximately 1600 unionized Macomb County, Michigan employee retirees who worked for defendant Macomb County under various CBAs dating back to 1989. Plaintiffs claimed t...

Hegadorn v. Dept. of Human Services (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Numbers: 156132, 156133, 156134

Justia Opinion Summary: Three plaintiffs' cases were consolidated for review; the plaintiffs were elderly women receiving long-term care in nursing homes. In each case, the “institutionalized spouse,” began receiving long-term care at a nursing...

Michigan v. Carter (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: May 7, 2019
Docket Number: 156606

Justia Opinion Summary: Alonzo Carter was convicted by jury of assault with intent to do great bodily harm (AWIGBH); being a felon in possession of a firearm (felon-in-possession); intentional discharge of a firearm at a dwelling; felonious ass...

Stenzel v. Best Buy Company, Inc. (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: April 22, 2019
Docket Number: 156262

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Paulette Stenzel was injured after her new refrigerator began to spray water out of its water dispenser onto her kitchen floor, causing her to slip and fall. She filed a timely complaint alleging negligence, br...

Michigan v. Mead (Opinion on Application)  
Date: April 22, 2019
Docket Number: 156376

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Larry Mead was convicted by jury for possession of methamphetamine as a fourth-offense habitual offender. Defendant was a passenger in a car when the police pulled it over, ordered him out, and searched his bac...

Bauserman v. Unemployment Insurance Agency (Opinion on Application)  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 156389

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were former recipients of unemployment compensation benefits who allege that the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (the Agency) unlawfully seized their property without affording due process of law. The i...

Michigan v. Lewis (Opinion on Application)  
Date: December 27, 2018
Docket Number: 156092

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Lewis was convicted on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting his live-in girlfriend’s daughters. Defendant appealed, ch...

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...

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