Michigan Supreme Court Decisions 2015

Epps v. 4 Quarters Restoration, LLC (Opinion on Application)  
Date: September 28, 2015
Docket Number: 147727

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, an unlicensed residential builder; his businesses; and Denaglen Corp., a check-cashing service, appealed the Court of Appeals' decision to affirm the grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs, homeowne...

Michigan v. Smith (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 30, 2015
Docket Number: 148305

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Feronda Smith was charged with, among other things, armed robbery and first-degree felony murder after the police found known drug dealer Larry Pass, Jr., dead in Pass’s own home. At trial, two prosecution witn...

UAW v. Green (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 147700

Justia Opinion Summary: The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America and others brought an action in the Court of Appeals against Nino Green and other members of the Michigan Employment Re...

Michigan Coalition of State Employee Unions v. Michigan (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 147758

Justia Opinion Summary: The Michigan Coalition of State Employee Unions and others brought an action in the Court of Claims against the State and various state agencies and officers, alleging that portions of 2011 PA 264, which amended the Stat...

Michigan v. Lockridge (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 149073

Justia Opinion Summary: Rahim Omarkhan Lockridge was convicted by jury of involuntary manslaughter for the death of his wife.His minimum sentence range calculated under the sentencing guidelines was 43 to 86 months. The trial court concluded th...

Michigan v. Jackson (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: 149798

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Timothy Jackson was convicted by a jury on six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually abusing a young member of the church where he served as pastor. At trial, the complainant’s aunt testif...

Michigan v. Hartwick (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Numbers: 148444, 148971

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard Hartwick was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possessing it with the intent to deliver it. Hartwick was a registered qualifying patient under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA). He served as his ow...

PEOPLE OF MI V ROBERT TUTTLE (Opinion - Leave Granted)
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 148971
Michigan v. Cain (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 149259

Justia Opinion Summary: Brandon Cain was of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of torture, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony, and being...

Michigan v. Stevens (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 149380

Justia Opinion Summary: Adam Stevens was convicted by jury of second-degree murder and second-degree child abuse. The charges stemmed from the death of defendant’s three-month-old son, Kian. The prosecution alleged that defendant caused Kian’s...

Tyra v. Organ Procurement Agency of Michigan (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Numbers: 148079, 148087, 149344

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, plaintiff Lisa Tyra received a kidney transplant at defendant William Beaumont Hospital, with a kidney made available by defendant Organ Procurement Agency of Michigan. Plaintiff allegedly suffered complications...

Detroit Edison Co. v. Dept. of Treasury (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 148753

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether and to what extent (if any) an electric utility was entitled to the industrial-processing tax exemption for tangible personal property located outside its generation plants. The Court of...

SUSAN FURR V MICHAEL MCLEOD MD (Opinion on Application)
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 149344
Michigan v. Miller (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: 149502

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Joseph Miller was convicted by a jury of operating while intoxicated (OWI), and operating while intoxicated causing serious impairment of another person’s body function (OWI-injury), for an accident that result...

Gardner v. Dept. of Treasury (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Numbers: 150293, 150294, 150295

Justia Opinion Summary: n consolidated appeals, the issue central to all that was presented for the Supreme Court's review was whether petitioners, who sold their principal residences in arm’s-length transactions, were entitled to refunds of th...

Michigan v. Ackley (Opinion on Application)  
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: 149479

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Leo Ackley was convicted by jury of first-degree felony murder and first-degree child abuse after his live-in girlfriend's three-year-old child died under his care. At trial, the prosecution called five medical...

Beals v. Michigan (Opinion on Application)  
Date: June 18, 2015
Docket Number: 149901

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's consideration was whether defendant lifeguard's failure to intervene in the deceased's drowning was "the proximate cause" of his death. While governmental agencies an...

Aroma Wines & Equipment, Inc. v. Columbia Distribution Svcs., Inc. (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: June 17, 2015
Docket Number: 148907

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Aroma Wines & Equipment, Inc. was a wholesale wine importer and distributor. Defendant Columbian Distribution Services, Inc. operated warehouses in Michigan. In 2006, Aroma agreed to rent some of Columbian’s cl...

Michigan v. Mazur (Opinion on Application)  
Date: June 11, 2015
Docket Number: 149290

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Cynthia Mazur, wife of David Mazur, was both a registered qualifying patient and a registered primary caregiver for two medical marijuana patients. David grew marijuana in their marital home. Officers of the Ho...

Fairley v. Dept. of Corrections (Opinion on Application)  
Date: June 5, 2015
Docket Numbers: 149722, 149940

Justia Opinion Summary: In Case Number 149772, Michelle Fairley brought an action against the Michigan Department of Corrections after an MDOC employee driving an MDOC vehicle struck her car, seriously injuring her. Counsel filed a notice of in...

Michigan Ass'n of Home Builders v. City of Troy (Opinion on Application)  
Date: June 4, 2015
Docket Number: 149150

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a group of associations representing builders, contractors, and plumbers, filed suit against the city of Troy, claiming that the City's building department fees violated section 22 of the Single State Constru...

Frazier Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C. v. Boyce Trust 2350 (Opinion on Application)  
Date: June 3, 2015
Docket Numbers: 148931, 148932, 148933

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C. provided legal services to the defendants, a group of trusts, in connection with the financing and purchase of four hydroelectric dams. Dissatisfied with the representatio...

Krusac v. Covenant Medical Center, Inc. (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: April 21, 2015
Docket Number: 149270

Justia Opinion Summary: John Krusac, as personal representative of the estate of Dorothy Krusac, brought a medical malpractice action against Covenant Medical Center, Inc., alleging that Dorothy Krusac died as a result of injuries she sustained...

AFT Michigan v. Michigan (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: April 8, 2015
Docket Number: 148748

Justia Opinion Summary: The Michigan Supreme Court granted leave to appeal to address the constitutionality of 2012 PA 300, which modified the retirement benefits of current public school employees. Plaintiffs, which were various labor organiza...

Hodge v. U.S. Security Associates, Inc. (Opinion on Application)  
Date: February 6, 2015
Docket Number: 149984

Justia Opinion Summary: Carnice Hodge brought an action to appeal the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s determination that she was disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits under a section under the Michigan Employment Security Act (MESA)...

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