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December 2010

Dec 2010
December 08, 2010

COA Opinion: A person that leaves a vehicle in a dangerous position on a roadway "operates" that vehicle for purposes of Michigan's drunk driving law

On December 7, 2010, the Court of Appeals published its per curiam opinion in People v. Lechleitner, No. 293577. In this case, the defendant was intoxicated and lost control of his vehicle on the freeway, hitting guardrails and then ultimately coming to rest in the middle of the freeway, blocking two lanes. As a result of other vehicles sw

Dec 2010
December 07, 2010

COA Judge Bandstra to step down

As reported by the Grand Rapids Press and several other media outlets, Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Richard Bandstra has announced that he will step down in January after serving 16 distinguished years on the Court. Before his election to the Court of Appeals in 1994, Judge Bandstra served 10 years in the Michigan Leg

Dec 2010
December 04, 2010

MSC Orders: December 3, 2010

The Michigan Supreme Court ordered oral argument on the application in Farmers Insurance Exchange v. Young. The case raises a fact-intensive issue of whether the "joyriding exception" to the No-Fault Act's requirement that personal protection insurance benefits be extended to an individual suffering accidental bodily i

Dec 2010
December 04, 2010

COA Opinion: Guaranty enforceable against guarantor without foreclosing on underlying collateral

In Comerica Bank v. Cohen, No. 293327 (approved for publication on Dec. 2, 2010 after release on Oct. 21, 2010), the Court of Appeals held that an unambiguous, limited guaranty was enforceable against the guarantor without foreclosing on the underlying collateral or providing notice to the guarantor's attorney under a term of the loan agreement. Defendan

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