COA holds that order requiring instant makeup of parenting time is not an order that affects custody and therefore is not appealable by right

In Madson v. Jaso, No. 331605, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that a provisional post-judgment order for makeup parenting time is not an order affecting the custody of a child under the Michigan Court Rule regarding jurisdiction, MCR 7.202(6)(a)(iii).  Therefore, in this case, the Court did not have jurisdiction over plaintiff’s appeal.
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COA holds that Judge Peter D. O’Connell is not the incumbent for the office held by Judge Michael Gadola

In O’Connell v. Director of Elections, No. 334365, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that Court of Appeals Judge Peter D. O’Connell is not the incumbent for the office currently held by Judge Michael Gadola.  The Court found that the incumbency status is reserved for the judge running for reelection to a term consecutive to his or her own term, and that sole incumbent in this case is Judge Gadola.
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COA holds that hospital cannot be held vicariously liable for on-call physician

A hospital’s comprehensive on-call policy does not afford it adequate control over on-call physicians to sustain a claim of vicarious liability, says the Michigan Court of Appeals in Laster v. Henry Ford Health System, No. 324739. Read More

COA: More evidence is required to determine whether complaint's allegations sound in medical malpractice or ordinary negligence

In Trowell v. Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Inc., No. 327525, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed summary disposition to allow further factual development to ascertain whether plaintiff’s claims sounded in medical malpractice or ordinary negligence. Read More

COA Panel disagrees with recent precedent that limits plaintiffs’ no-fault recovery options

The innocent third-party doctrine no longer applies in the context of an insurer’s responsibility for personal protection benefits, allowing an insurer to rescind its policy that was procured by fraud even as it relates to a third-party, says the Michigan Court of Appeals in Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital v Allstate Insurance Co., No. 323425.  This panel of the Court of Appeals indicates this result is required by controlling precedent, but disagrees with that rule and declares a conflict with that prior opinion.  Read More

COA holds that a medical malpractice claim runs from when plaintiff “should have” discovered the claim, not when it “could have” discovered it

Under MCL 600.5838a, which governs claims based on medical malpractice, a medical malpractice claim must be commenced within 6 months after the plaintiff discovers or should have discovered the existence of a claim, not “could have” discovered a claim, held the Michigan Court of Appeals in Jendrusina v. Mishra, No. 325133.
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COA holds that a claim properly under the Court of Claims’ jurisdiction may be joined with a claim in a circuit court through the parties’ conduct

Matters within the Court of Claims’ jurisdiction may be joined without any formal approval and litigated in circuit court, if the parties continue to litigate in circuit court after the statutory right of removal becomes available, held the Michigan Court of Appeals in Baynesan v. Wayne State University, No. 326132. Read More

COA: Three year limitations period governs plaintiff's discrimination claims

In Major v. Village of Newberry, No. 322368, the Court of Appeals held that a three-year limitation period is applicable to recover damages for injury to a person, despite a shorter limitations period being set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights (MDCR).  Furthermore, the court held that evidence of direct statements and affidavits are sufficient for age and sex discrimination claims to survive summary disposition. Read More

COA – Boat seller is no longer an "owner" after delivery of title to a purchaser

In Williams v. Kennedy, No. 325267, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the seller of a boat does not qualify as an “owner” during the period after the seller delivered the certificate of title to the purchaser but before transfer of title has been registered with the Secretary of State. Read More

COA: Michigan’s civil forfeiture scheme is unconstitutional as applied to a claimant could not afford to post bond to challenge forfeiture

In In re Forfeiture of 2000 GMC Denali and Contents, No. 328547, the Court of Appeals held a claimant’s due process rights were violated where she was unable to contest the government’s seizing and resulting forfeiture of her property because she could not afford to post the bond required by civil forfeiture statute.  While the Court held that the statute was not unconstitutional on its face, as applied to the claimant, the civil forfeiture scheme operated to deprive her of a significant property interest without first affording her the opportunity for a hearing. Read More
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