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The following cases have been or will be argued before the Michigan Supreme Court during the 2013-2014 term. The entries below link to summaries of the cases, as well as to briefs by the parties and amici curiae. The case summaries were prepared by Supreme Court staff.  

 

These are simple summaries of complicated cases, and might not reflect the manner in which some or all of the Court's seven Justices view the cases. The lawyers may also disagree as to the facts, the issues, the procedural history, or the significance of their cases.

 

Questions? Contact the Clerk of the Supreme Court at 517-373-0120 or, for more details about the cases, contact the attorneys. The State Bar of Michigan provides a directory of Michigan attorneys at www.michbar.org

 

 2013-2014 Cases

 
  • 04/30/2014

    Issue:
    An automobile accident occurred July 29, 2009, on I-96 in Allegan County. Plaintiffs, Gerardo Tienda and Sylvia Gomez, were passengers in a Ford Expedition owned by Tienda’s uncle, Salvador Lorenzo. When the accident occurred, Lorenzo was also riding in the vehicle and Heriberto Fernandez Castro was driving. Tienda, Gomez, Lorenzo, and Castro are migrant farm workers who travel from state to state to harvest fruit. As an itinerant agricultural worker, Lorenzo lived, worked, and resided in three different states where he picked fruit on a seasonal basis. At the time of the accident, Lorenzo lived and worked in Michigan. Lorenzo obtained insurance for his vehicle from Integon National Insurance Company in North Carolina while he was living and working in that state. When he applied for i ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 04/03/2014

    Issue:
    The plaintiff was injured when the car she was driving was struck by a state-owned salt truck driven by a state employee. Under the motor vehicle exception to governmental immunity, a governmental agency can be liable for “bodily injury.” Does economic loss, in the form of wage loss, qualify as a “bodily injury” under the motor vehicle exception, MCL 691.1405? Did the plaintiff present such evidence in this case? ...More

    Calendar Number: 7

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  • 04/03/2014

    Issue:
    Under MCL 769.1k(1)(b)(ii), a sentencing court is authorized to assess costs against a criminal defendant. In People v Sanders, the Court of Appeals held that a sentencing court’s assessment of “court costs” under the statute must bear a reasonable, but not exact, relationship to the actual costs incurred by the court. Was Sanders correctly decided? Are “court costs” the same as “costs of prosecution”? In this case, did the sentencing court err in imposing a flat fee of $1,000 in court costs on the basis that the fee was reasonably related to the $1,238.48 average cost per criminal case in the county? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 5

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  • 04/03/2014

    Issue:
    The defendant was convicted of malicious destruction of personal property over $20,000 and inducing a minor to commit a felony. After a post-sentencing hearing, the trial court ordered the defendant to pay a total of $158,180.44 in restitution. The court earmarked $63,749.44 for the four victims of the charged crimes; it designated the remainder for the victims of uncharged crimes. Is an order of restitution equivalent to a criminal penalty? Is Michigan’s statutory restitution scheme unconstitutional insofar as it permits the trial court to order restitution based on uncharged conduct that was not submitted to a jury or proven beyond a reasonable doubt? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 4

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  • 04/02/2014

    Issue:
    During a tax audit, Ford Motor Company and the Department of Treasury disagreed on the amount of money owed. Was Ford Motor Company’s response to the Department of Treasury’s audit letter a “petition . . . for refund” or “claim for refund” for purposes of calculating overpayment interest? Alternatively, was Ford Motor Company’s request for an informal conference with the Department of Treasury, in spite of its later withdrawal of that request, such a petition or claim? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 1

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  • 04/02/2014

    Issue:
    A jury, which heard a police officer’s expert testimony regarding gangs and gang membership during trial, found the defendant guilty of first-degree murder and four other felonies. Was the police officer’s testimony more prejudicial than probative? To what extent did the profiling factors in People v Murray, 234 Mich App 46 (1999), apply to the admissibility of this expert testimony? Was any error by the trial court with respect to this testimony preserved? If there was any such error by the trial court, did the Court of Appeals correctly hold that the defendant was entitled to a new trial, or was any error harmless? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 3

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  • 04/02/2014

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  • 04/02/2014

    Issue:
    The defendant was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, pled guilty, and requested a delayed sentence pursuant to MCL 771.1.3. The judge delayed sentence for one year, and then dismissed the case, concluding that the court no longer had jurisdiction over it. Did the trial court lose jurisdiction, for purposes of sentencing or otherwise, by failing to sentence the defendant within one year? Did the defendant waive any claim of error related to a delay in sentencing when he requested a delayed sentence under the statute? What remedy should apply to a failure to sentence a defendant within a year of conviction? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 2

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  • 04/02/2014

    Issue:
    A “forwarding company” or “forwarder” is retained by a bank or lending institution to handle collection services on delinquent accounts. The forwarder, which is unlicensed, will then hire a licensed collection agency to carry out the actual repossession of collateral from the delinquent borrower. Is a forwarder acting as a “collection agency” under the Occupational Code, MCL 339.901(b), such that it is required to be licensed? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 04/02/2014

    Issue:
    The defendant pled guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct and was placed on youthful trainee status. After the defendant pled guilty to a probation violation, the court revoked his youthful trainee status and sentenced him to serve 85 months to 15 years in prison. Did the trial court erroneously assess 15 points each for Offense Variables 8 (victim asportation or captivity) and 10 (exploitation of a victim’s vulnerability)? Is the defendant entitled to resentencing? ...More

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    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 03/06/2014

    Issue:
    In Miller v Alabama, the United States Supreme Court held that “mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on ‘cruel and unusual punishments.’” Does Miller apply retroactively, so that a defendant may be entitled to relief even after his appeals have concluded and his conviction is final? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 4

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  • 03/06/2014

    Issue:
    The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bans “cruel and unusual punishments,” while the Michigan Constitution, Article 1, Section 16, bans “cruel or unusual punishments.” Do either of these bans categorically bar the imposition of a sentence of life without parole on a juvenile defendant who was convicted of first-degree murder for aiding and abetting felony murder? If so, does this rule apply retroactively to cases in which the conviction has become final? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 5

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  • 03/06/2014

    Issue:
    In Miller v Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court held that “mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes” violates the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on “cruel and unusual punishments.” What remedy is required for a defendant whose mandatory sentence of life without parole for first-degree murder is invalid under Miller? Does the imposition of a life sentence with the possibility of parole violate the Michigan Constitution’s prohibition on “cruel or unusual punishment”? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 6

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  • 03/06/2014

    Issue:
    LaFontaine, a Chrysler dealer, brought a declaratory judgment action to determine if Chrysler had good cause for entering into a dealer agreement with a nearby dealer. Is the nearby dealer within the “relevant market area” as defined by the motor vehicle dealers act, so that LaFontaine has standing to bring the declaratory judgment action? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 7

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  • 03/06/2014

    Issue:
    MCL 710.51(6) allows for the termination of a non-custodial parent’s parental rights during a stepparent adoption. In this case, a divorced mother remarried, then she and her second husband sought to terminate the father’s parental rights so that the second husband could adopt the child. The father argues that the statute does not apply to him because he had shared legal custody with the mother. ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 9

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  • 03/05/2014

    Issue:
    The Judicial Tenure Commission contends that Wayne County Circuit Judge Bruce Morrow committed judicial misconduct while presiding over eight criminal cases and asks the Michigan Supreme Court to suspend the judge for 90 days. The judge denies that he committed misconduct, contending that most of the errors identified by the JTC were legal errors only, and that they constitute a small percentage of the decisions that he has made in his years on the bench ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 1

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  • 03/05/2014

    Issue:
    The jury in this medical malpractice case returned a verdict for the defendant doctor and hospital. Is the plaintiff entitled to a new trial because the trial court excluded impeachment evidence that may have affected the jury’s consideration of a key witness’s testimony? ...More

    Calendar Number: 2

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  • 03/05/2014

    Issue:
    The plaintiffs argue that the insurance company that issued a policy entitled “Insurance for Non-Trucking Use” is obligated to pay for damages arising from a traffic accident caused by a semi-tractor owned by a trucking company. Does the policy apply or is coverage precluded by the business use exclusion? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 3

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  • 03/05/2014

    Issue:
    In 2010, Wayne County adopted an ordinance allowing funds to be transferred from an inflation equity fund, which was established for the benefit of retirement plan participants and their beneficiaries, to the county’s defined benefit retirement funds. The 2010 ordinance also capped the annual amount that the inflation equity fund could pay out to eligible recipients. Does the 2010 ordinance violate the state constitution or the Public Employee Retirement System Investment Act? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 01/16/2014

    Issue:
    The defendant, who was convicted of sexually abusing two children, contends that the trial court erred by not allowing him to present evidence that the children’s father had been convicted of child abuse before the children accused the defendant. ...More

    Calendar Number: 2

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  • 01/16/2014

    Issue:
    The plaintiffs in these cases seek to sue various pharmacies for allegedly charging prices for generic drugs to make a larger profit than was previously made from the sale of equivalent brand-name drugs. ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 4

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  • 01/16/2014

    Issue:
    A woman fell and was injured while crossing to her car, which was parked on M-22 in Suttons Bay. Are the parking lanes part of the “improved portion of the highway designed for vehicular travel”? Does governmental immunity bar the woman’s claim against the Michigan Department of Transportation? ...More

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 01/15/2014

    Issue:
    IBM seeks a tax refund of about $6 million – but the Michigan Department of Treasury, relying on a formula in Michigan’s Business Tax Act, contends that IBM is entitled to far less. At issue is whether IBM was entitled to elect a formula set forth in the Multistate Tax Compact. ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 1

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  • 01/15/2014

    Issue:
    A young child told her mother that she had been sexually abused by her father – about a year after the alleged abuse took place. One of the issues in this case is whether the child’s delay in reporting the abuse is “excusable” and hence admissible under evidence rules. ...More

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    Calendar Number: 3

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  • 01/15/2014

    Issue:
    Did the defendant waive the 180-day (speedy trial) rule by his unconditional plea to criminal charges? ...More

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 01/15/2014

    Issue:
    The plaintiffs seek a court order allowing them grandparenting time with the children of their dead son – whose parental rights were terminated before his death. ...More

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 12/12/2013

    Issue:
    The plaintiffs in this case challenge a Brighton city ordinance that defines building repairs as “unreasonable” – and creates a presumption that the building is a public nuisance – whenever the city determines that the cost of repairs would exceed 100 percent of the structure’s true cash value. ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 3

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  • 12/12/2013

    Issue:
    One issue in this case involves recorded witness statements that the prosecution did not share with the defendant. He contends that, if he had had these recordings, he would have used them to support his theory of the case and that the outcome would likely have been different. ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 6

    Opinions: 146523-4 Opinion

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  • 12/12/2013

    Issue:
    A woman was killed when her car collided with a horse that had escaped from a nearby farm. Can the farm’s non-resident owners – who did not participate in the actions leading to the horse’s escape – be held liable under a nuisance theory? ...More

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    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 12/11/2013

    Issue:
    A Wayne County judge had a sexual relationship with a woman who was the complainant in a case before him. The Judicial Tenure Commission is calling for the Supreme Court to remove the judge from the bench, and conditionally suspend him for six years. ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 1

    Opinions: 146826-Opinion

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  • 12/11/2013

    Issue:
    The plaintiff, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and armed robbery, contends that former Governor Granholm exceeded her constitutional authority when she first signed a commutation changing his sentence to parolable life and sent it to the Secretary of State – and then revoked the commutation ...More

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    Calendar Number: 4

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  • 12/11/2013

    Issue:
    The defendant in this case seeks to overturn her conviction for operating a meth lab. ...More

    Calendar Number: 7

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  • 12/11/2013

    Issue:
    The parties dispute whether a judgment entered on the basis of an appraisal panel’s recommendation amounts to a “verdict” for purposes of case evaluation sanctions under MCR 2.403. ...More

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    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 12/10/2013

    Issue:
    A grandmother seeks guardianship of four children – and argues that the family court should favor relatives over non-related foster parents. ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 2

    Opinions: 147515-Opinion

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  • 12/10/2013

    Issue:
    The defendant in this case seeks to overturn a jury verdict against him for shareholder oppression ...More

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    Calendar Number: 5

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  • 12/10/2013

    Issue:
    The defendant in this criminal case was convicted of felony-murder, but acquitted of the underlying felony, home invasion. Those convictions were vacated on appeal; when the defendant was again charged with felony-murder based on home invasion for his second trial, he argued that double jeopardy barred that charge ...More

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    Calendar Number: 8

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  • 12/10/2013

    Issue:
    The plaintiff in this case maintains that his former employer violated the state’s Whistleblower Protection Act when the employer declined to extend his 10-year contract; he claims the employer’s decision was retaliation for his reporting suspected violations of the OMA, the Freedom of Information Act, and other Michigan statute ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 9

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  • 11/07/2013

    Issue:
    The “one-parent doctrine” permits the family court to assume jurisdiction over a child based on a court finding that one parent is unfit; the court need not find that both parents are unfit. The appellant in this case – the father of two young boys who were removed from his custody – argues that this doctrine is unconstitutional, because it allows the court to make dispositional orders that affect both parents, including the one who has not been found to be unfit. ...More

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    Calendar Number: 6

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  • 11/07/2013

    Issue:
    A general contractor sued a construction company, claiming the defendant violated their contract by poor work on a roof – but the construction company argues that the claim is barred by the six-year statute of limitations on breach of contract claims. ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 5

    Opinions: 145052-Opinion

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  • 11/07/2013

    Issue:
    The plaintiff, a leasing company, bought a DC-8 and leased it to an aviation company. The aviation company, which had previously arranged to lease the aircraft from another company, had already had the DC-8 in its possession for several months. Is the leasing company subject to Michigan use tax for the aircraft? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 4

    Opinions: 146234 Opinion

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  • 11/07/2013

    Issue:
    The defendant was convicted of sexually abusing his five-year-old stepdaughter. He claims that he is entitled to a new trial because a doctor’s testimony, in which she concluded that the child was sexually abused, was wrongly admitted into evidence. ...More

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 11/07/2013

    Issue:
    After the defendant stole their property, the crime victims drove to inspect their property and also to attend a court hearing on restitution. Did the trial court err in ordering the defendant to pay for the victims’ mileage, as part of the order of restitution? ...More

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    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 11/07/2013

    Issue:
    A business owner was convicted and fined for expanding a parking lot into a wetland. He challenges his convictions, arguing in part that the jury was wrongly instructed in what it means for a wetland to be “contiguous” to a body of water. ...More

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 11/06/2013

    Issue:
    Is a retail purchaser entitled to a presumption that sales tax on a retail transaction was paid by the seller? If a retail transaction in Michigan is subject to the sales tax, MCL 205.51, can it also be subject to the use tax, MCL 205.91, if the sales tax was not paid? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 1

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  • 11/06/2013

    Issue:
    The defendant is seeking relief from judgment from an October 1995 jury conviction for the robbery and beating of an elderly woman in her home. He has presented evidence that he claims establishes his innocence and warrants a new trial. Has the defendant demonstrated a significant possibility of actual innocence? Is defendant entitled to relief from judgment under MCR 6.508, or the state or federal constitutions? ...More

    Calendar Number: 3

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  • 11/06/2013

    Issue:
    Under MCL 769.13, a prosecutor who intends to seek an enhanced sentence, based on a defendant’s status as an habitual offender, must give notice within a specific time period. May a prosecutor amend the initial notice, to correct erroneous information about the defendant’s prior convictions, outside of the specified time period? If an amended notice is invalid under the statute, does the trial court nevertheless have the authority to sentence the defendant as an habitual offender? ...More

    Calendar Number: 2

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  • 11/06/2013

    Issue:
    In People v Bender, 452 Mich 594 (1996), the Supreme Court held that a suspect who has an attorney waiting to speak with him does not make a knowing and intelligent waiver of his right to remain silent and to counsel where the police interrogate him without first informing him of the attorney’s availability. Should Bender be overruled? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 7

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  • 11/06/2013

    Issue:
    Under MCL 769.13, a prosecutor who intends to seek an enhanced sentence, based on a defendant’s status as an habitual offender, must give notice within a specific time period. In this case, the prosecutor gave timely notice that the defendant would be sentenced as a fourth habitual offender, but then amended the notice twice outside of the specified time period – the first amendment stated that the defendant would be sentenced as a third habitual offender, and the second amendment (made after trial) stated that the defendant would be sentenced as a fourth habitual offender. The defendant did not object when he was sentenced as a fourth habitual offender; is he entitled to relief? ...More

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 10/23/2013

    Issue:
    The plaintiff in this case was injured while riding a motorcycle borrowed from a friend; the friend said that he owned the motorcycle, but in fact it had been stolen from its rightful owner. At the time, the plaintiff’s Tennessee driver’s license had been suspended, and he had not obtained a valid Michigan license. Plaintiff sued for no-fault benefits from the defendant insurance companies, but a trial court dismissed his claims, ruling that his lawsuit was barred by MCL 500.3113(a). That statute prohibits recovery under the no-fault act by a person who has taken the vehicle “unlawfully.” But the Court of Appeals reversed, ruling that the plaintiff’s use of the motorcycle was not “unlawful” because he did not know that the motorcycle was stolen and had not violated the Michigan Penal Code ...More

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    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 10/10/2013

    Issue:
    The owner of a development property leased some of the property to a country club for a golf course. One of the questions in this lawsuit is whether a forfeiture clause in the lease agreement should be enforced as written. ...More

    Calendar Number: 9

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  • 10/10/2013

    Issue:
    A medical marijuana user sued to overturn a Wyoming city zoning ordinance that would impose civil penalties for growing and using marijuana. The ordinance prohibits any “[u]ses contrary to federal law,” including the federal Controlled Substances Act. Is the city ordinance invalid under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act? Is the MMMA preempted by federal drug laws? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 8

    Opinions: 145816 Opinion

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  • 10/09/2013

    Issue:
    Under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, a taxpayer may file a written request with the Department of Treasury, asking that copies of letters and notices regarding a tax dispute be sent to the taxpayer’s official representative. If such a request is filed, the Department “shall” send the representative a copy of each letter or notice that is sent to that taxpayer. A taxpayer wishing to appeal an adverse determination by the Department must appeal to the Tax Tribunal within 35 days. Does the 35-day appeal period begin to run when the taxpayer is served notice of the Department’s assessment, even if a copy of the assessment has not yet been mailed to the taxpayer’s designated representative? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 4

    Opinions: 146333; 146335 Opinion

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  • 10/09/2013

    Issue:
    Under MCL 460.6a(1), Detroit Edison shall allocate any refund owed to a primary customer “based upon their pro rata share of the total revenue collected . . . .” Is this statute ambiguous? Does this require Detroit Edison to refund to each primary customer that customer’s actual overpayment? ...More

    Orders: 145750 Order

    Calendar Number: 6

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  • 10/09/2013

    Issue:
    The defendant in this case became upset when another man, who was working on the defendant’s truck, stopped work to get out of the rain. While holding a gun – but not pointing it – the defendant stated that he would “silence” the other man if he did not either get back to work on the truck or return money for the job that the defendant had already paid. Was the evidence sufficient to support the defendant’s conviction for extortion? Did the defendant attempt to compel the other man to perform a “serious” action against his will? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 7

    Opinions: 146212-Opinion

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  • 10/09/2013

    Issue:
    Under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, a taxpayer may file a written request with the Department of Treasury, asking that copies of letters and notices regarding a tax dispute be sent to the taxpayer’s official representative. If such a request is filed, the Department “shall” send the representative a copy of each letter or notice that is sent to that taxpayer. A taxpayer wishing to appeal an adverse determination by the Department must appeal to the Tax Tribunal within 35 days. Does the 35-day appeal period begin to run when the taxpayer is served notice of the Department’s assessment, even if a copy of the assessment has not yet been mailed to the taxpayer’s designated representative? ...More

    Orders:

    Calendar Number: 10

    Opinions: 146333; 146335 Opinion

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  • 10/09/2013

    Issue:
    The plaintiff in this case sued her doctor, the doctor’s practice group, and a hospital for delaying five years to diagnose and treat her kidney cancer; as a result of the delay, her entire left kidney had to be removed. The defendants argued that the plaintiff had not suffered a “compensable injury” because she still had a second kidney that allowed her to live and function normally with few restrictions. Did the plaintiff suffer a “compensable injury” for the purposes of a medical malpractice claim? ...More

    Calendar Number: Oral Argument on Application

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  • 10/08/2013

    Issue:
    When a defendant fails to appear for a court appearance, MCL 765.28 requires the trial court to notify that defendant’s bail bond agency within seven days. In this case, the trial court did not provide notice for approximately three years. Is the trial court barred from declaring the bond to be forfeit and entering judgment against the bond agency? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 1

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  • 10/08/2013

    Issue:
    The defendant, who was convicted of robbing a bank and possessing narcotics, was assessed $130 for the state’s crime victims’ fund. At the time he robbed the bank, the statutory crime victims’ assessment was $60, but was raised to $130 by the Legislature before the defendant’s sentencing. Did the trial court’s imposition of the higher fee violate the ex post factor clauses of the U.S. and Michigan Constitutions? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 3

    Opinions: 145677-Opinion

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  • 10/08/2013

    Issue:
    The plaintiffs contend that they were fired from their jobs for reporting allegedly illegal conduct by their union. Are their claims under Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act pre-empted by federal labor laws? ...More

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    Calendar Number: 2

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    Calendar Number: 5

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