Michigan Supreme Court Decisions 2022

Michigan v. Hinton (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: August 16, 2022
Docket Numbers: 162374, 162355, 162354

Justia Opinion Summary: Kino Christian, Joshun Edwards, and C’Quan Hinton were convicted by jury of murder in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison. Defendants’ direct appeals were unsuccessful. In 2014, Edwards’s family filed a request under…

Michigan v. Taylor (Opinion on Application - Remand to CoA)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 154994

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Taylor was convicted by jury of first degree felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, kidnapping conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.…

Michigan v. Boykin (Opinion on Application - Remand to CoA)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Numbers: 157738, 158695

Justia Opinion Summary: In case no. 157738, Demariol Boykin was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (felony- firearm). He was initially sentenced to a mandatory term of life…

Michigan v. Parks (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162086

Justia Opinion Summary: Kemo Parks was convicted by jury for first-degree premeditated-murder. Parks was 18 years old when he aided and abetted in the murder. Parks argued that his sentence was cruel and/or unusual punishment under both the…

Michigan v. Stovall (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162425

Justia Opinion Summary: Montez Stovall was convicted by jury for second-degree murder, a crime committed when he was a juvenile. Stovall argued that his sentence was cruel and/or unusual punishment under both the United States and Michigan…

Rouch World LLC v. Department Of Civil Rights (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162482

Justia Opinion Summary: Rouch World, LLC, and Uprooted Electrolysis, LLC, brought an action before the Michigan Court of Claims against the Department of Civil Rights and its director, seeking, among other relief, a declaratory judgment that…

Jordan v. Dep’t. of Health & Human Servs. (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162485

Justia Opinion Summary: Helen Jordan, a nurse who was formerly employed by the predecessor to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, challenged in the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission (MCAC) the decision of a magistrate…

Michigan v. Beck (Opinion on Application - Partial Affirm)  
Date: July 27, 2022
Docket Number: 160668

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, defendant James Beck was charged relating to allegations that he sexually assaulted his minor daughter, TG (first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC-I), and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct…

Bauserman v. Unemployment Insurance Agency (Opinion on Application - Affirm CoA)  
Date: July 26, 2022
Docket Number: 160813

Justia Opinion Summary: Grant Bauserman, Karl Williams, and Teddy Broe, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, brought a putative class action in the Michigan Court of Claims against the Unemployment Insurance Agency,…

Michigan v. Lucynski (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 26, 2022
Docket Number: 162833

Justia Opinion Summary: David Lucynski was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI); driving with a suspended license; and operating a vehicle with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. The officer in this case claimed…

Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance v. Saugatuck Twp. (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: July 22, 2022
Docket Number: 160358

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, argued that lower courts erred when they found that the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (MZEA) denied it standing to appeal the decisions of the Saugatuck Township Planning…

Johnson v. Vanderkooi (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 22, 2022
Docket Number: 160958

Justia Opinion Summary: This was the second time these consolidated cases went before the Michigan Supreme Court. Previously, the Court considered whether a decades-long procedure used by the Grand Rapids Police Department (the GRPD) was a…

Griffin v. Trumbull Insurance Co. (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: July 15, 2022
Docket Number: 162419

Justia Opinion Summary: Willie Griffin filed suit against Trumbull Insurance Company, the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (the MACP), Allstate Insurance Company, Esurance Property and Casualty Insurance Company, and an unnamed John Doe insurance…

Estate of Corrado v. Rieck, et al. (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: July 7, 2022
Docket Number: 162094

Justia Opinion Summary: Lesley Meyers, personal representative of the estate of Samuel Corrado, filed an action against Karen Rieck; Radi Gerbi; Shelby Nursing Center Joint Venture, doing business as Shelby Nursing Center; and others alleging…

Champine v. Department of Transportation (Opinion on Application - Remand to CoA)  
Date: July 6, 2022
Docket Number: 161683

Justia Opinion Summary: Norman Champine brought an action against the Michigan Department of Transportation in the Court of Claims alleging that defendant had breached its duty to maintain I-696. Plaintiff was driving on I-696 in Macomb County…

McMaster v. DTE Energy Company (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 162076

Justia Opinion Summary: Dean McMaster brought a negligence action against DTE Energy Company, Ferrous Processing and Trading Company (Ferrous), and DTE Electric Company (DTE), seeking compensation for injuries he sustained when a metal pipe…

Sole v. Michigan Economic Development Corp. (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 161598

Justia Opinion Summary: David Sole brought an action against the Michigan Economic Development Corporation under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking the disclosure of information regarding the tax credits that defendant had…

Michigan v. Peeler (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 163667

Justia Opinion Summary: Nancy Peeler (Docket No. 163667), Richard Baird (Docket No. 163672), and Nicolas Lyon (Docket No. 164191) were charged with various offenses for actions they took as state employees during the Flint water crisis. The…

Township of James v. Rice (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: 163053

Justia Opinion Summary: James Township, Michigan filed a nuisance action against Daniel Rice , alleging Rice violated the township’s blight ordinance as well as the Michigan Residential Code by having junk cars, unpermitted construction, and…

Meemic Insurance Co. v. Jones (Opinion on Application - Reverse CoA)  
Date: June 14, 2022
Docket Number: 161865

Justia Opinion Summary: Meemic Insurance Company filed a subrogation claim against Angela Jones, seeking to recover from Jones money it had paid to CitiMortgage, Inc., the mortgagee of a residential house owned by Jones and insured by Meemic,…

In Re Von Greiff Estate (Opinion on Application - Affirm CoA)  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 161535

Justia Opinion Summary: When a party files an action for divorce and the other spouse subsequently dies before the divorce is finalized, there is a rebuttable presumption that the surviving spouse was not willfully absent from the decedent…

Mecosta County Medical Center v. Metropolitan Group Property, et al. (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 161650

Justia Opinion Summary: Mecosta County Medical Center, d/b/a Spectrum Health Big Rapids (and others) sued Metropolitan Group Property and Casualty Insurance Company and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company at the Kent Circuit Court,…

Michigan v. Moss (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 162208

Justia Opinion Summary: John Moss was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC-III) after he pleaded no contest to the charge. The charge stemmed from allegations made by defendant’s adoptive sister. In exchange for his plea, the…

Campbell v. Department Of Treasury (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: 161254

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Andrew Campbell was a lifelong Michigan resident. For many years, petitioner claimed and enjoyed a principal residence exemption (PRE) on his Michigan residence. In late 2016, petitioner purchased a second…

Comerica Inc. v. Department Of Treasury (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: June 7, 2022
Docket Number: 161661

Justia Opinion Summary: Comerica, Inc. sought to redeem certain tax credits over the Michigan Department of Treasury’s objection. The credits were earned under the Single Business Tax Act by a Comerica affiliate. That subsidiary assigned the…

Consumers Energy Company v. Storm (Opinion on Application - Remand to CoA)  
Date: May 10, 2022
Docket Number: 162416

Justia Opinion Summary: Consumers Energy Company filed an action against Brian and Erin Storm, and Lake Michigan Credit Union, seeking to condemn a portion of the Storms’ property for a power-line easement. The Storms challenged the necessity…

Michigan v. Dixon  
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162221

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Hamin Dixon pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a cell phone. Defendant was serving a sentence at a state correctional facility when prison staff found him in a bathroom stall near a cell phone. A cell…

Foster v. Foster  
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 324853

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Deborah Foster sought to hold defendant Ray Foster, in contempt of court for failing to abide by a provision in their consent judgment of divorce. The judgment stated that defendant would pay plaintiff 50% of…

Murphy v. Inman  
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 345758

Justia Opinion Summary: Leslie Murphy, a former shareholder of Covisint Corporation, brought an action against Samuel Inman, III and other former Covisint directors, alleging they breached their statutory and common-law fiduciary duties owed to…

Michigan v. White, Jr.  
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 346661

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Kevin White, Jr., was charged with aiding and abetting the delivery of a controlled substance causing death, for allegedly selling drugs in Macomb County that later caused the fatal overdose in Livingston…

Michigan v. Davis  
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: 161396

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Donald Davis, Jr., was convicted by jury on multiple felonies in connection with the shooting death of Devante Hanson. During a recess on the second day of the trial, the mother of the victim’s child made…

Michigan v. Davis  
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: 161396

Justia Opinion Summary: Donald Davis was convicted by jury on multiple felonies relating to the shooting death of Devante Hanson. During a recess on the second day of the trial, the mother of the victim’s child made contact with a juror in the…

Michigan v. Wafer (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: February 16, 2022
Docket Number: 153828

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Theodore Wafer was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, statutory involuntary manslaughter, and carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony (felony-firearm), for the killing of Renisha McBride.…

Michigan v. Wafer (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: February 16, 2022
Docket Number: 153828

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Theodore Wafer was convicted by jury of second-degree murder, statutory involuntary manslaughter, and carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony (felony-firearm), for the killing of Renisha McBride.…

Township of Fraser v. Haney (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: February 8, 2022
Docket Number: 160991

Justia Opinion Summary: Fraser Township filed a complaint against Harvey and Ruth Ann Haney, seeking a permanent injunction to enforce its zoning ordinance and to prevent defendants from raising on their commercially zoned property, hogs or…

Township of Fraser v. Haney  
Date: February 8, 2022
Docket Number: 160991

Justia Opinion Summary: Fraser Township filed a complaint against Harvey and Ruth Ann Haney, seeking a permanent injunction to enforce its zoning ordinance and to prevent defendants from raising on their commercially zoned property hogs or…

American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan v. Calhoun County (Opinion on Application - Remand to CoA)  
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: 163235

Justia Opinion Summary: The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (the ACLU) filed a complaint against the Calhoun County Jail and Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office (the CCSO), alleging CCSO violated Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act…

American Civil Liberties Union Of Michigan v. Calhoun County Sheriff's Office  
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: 163235

Justia Opinion Summary: This action involved a request for documents under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Plaintiff, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (the ACLU), submitted a FOIA request to defendant, the Calhoun…

Michigan v. Leffew  
Date: January 26, 2022
Docket Number: 161797

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeremiah and his wife Micheline Leffew, were convicted by jury trial in the for first-degree home invasion and third-degree home invasion. Defendants went to the home of Michael Porter with Jeremiah’s mother, Donna…

Michigan v. Leffew  
Date: January 26, 2022
Docket Number: 161797

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeremiah Leffew and his wife, Micheline, were convicted by jury of first-degree home invasion and third-degree home invasion, respectively. In September 2017, the Leffews moved to Michigan where they stayed with…

League Of Women Voters Of Michigan, et al. v. Secretary Of State  
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 163711

Justia Opinion Summary: The League of Women Voters, Progress Michigan, the Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes, and Michiganders for Fair and Transparent Elections brought an action in the Court of Claims against the Michigan Secretary of…

League Of Women Voters Of Michigan v. Michigan Secretary Of State  
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 163711

Justia Opinion Summary: The League of Women Voters, Progress Michigan, the Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes, and Michiganders for Fair and Transparent Elections challenged the constitutionality of 2018 PA 608, which changed the procedures…

In Re Morrow
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 161839
In Re Morrow  
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 161839

Justia Opinion Summary: The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) filed a formal three-count complaint against Third Circuit Court Judge Bruce Morrow, arising from comments he made to two female prosecutors during a murder trial. The JTC…

In Re Morrow  
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 161839

Justia Opinion Summary: The Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) filed a formal three-count complaint against Third Circuit Court Judge Bruce Morrow, arising from comments he made to two female prosecutors during a murder trial. An appointed master…

In Re Morrow  
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 161839

Justia Opinion Summary: The Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) filed a formal three-count complaint against Third Circuit Court Judge Bruce Morrow, arising from comments he made to two female prosecutors during a murder trial. The JTC unanimously…

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