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Social media is everywhere. On our desks, on the news, and even on our phones. And for many people, the advent of social media has torn down traditional barriers and privacy norms. From the novel to the mundane, people of all ages are able to broadcast to a vast audience such fascinating things as what they ate for breakfast. Most social networks give users the option to keep their information private, accessible to only a limited number of their friends and family, but even when they do, there is a certain amount of information that remains visible to the public.

It seems that there is something about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like that causes users to throw caution to the wind, and post things that perhaps they wouldn’t dream of saying or doing “in real life.” This artificial sense of freedom is the very reason that these platforms, depending on how we look at them, can either be a treasure trove of information or Pandora’s box of problems when it comes to information pertaining to a client’s case. The real question then becomes whether or not the court will allow the defense to open that box and get a look inside. Ultimately, whether we are representing an injured plaintiff or a defendant who denies liability, our goals are to insure that we are protecting the interests of our clients; properly preserving digital evidence, and, in the case of defense counsel, investigating the claims of a plaintiff as thoroughly as possible.

Attorneys Deborah A. Lujan and Kari L. Melkonian won summary disposition in favor of a snow removal contractor in a premises liability action arising out of a slip and fall on ice. The Court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint against the snow removal contractor finding that plaintiff failed to establish that contractor created the alleged hazard.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC President Michael J. Sullivan has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Metro Detroit. This is the fifth time Sullivan has been designated as a “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been recognized as such in the field of Professional Malpractice law in 2011, 2013, and 2017, in addition to having been named the “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Legal Malpractice Law in 2012 and 2014. Sullivan is also one of eleven attorneys within the firm who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. This also marks the seventh year in a row that a Collins Einhorn lawyer has been named the “Lawyer of the Year” in the fields of either Professional Malpractice Law or Legal Malpractice Law. Sullivan has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past eight consecutive years.

Attorney Noreen L. Slank has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Metro Detroit. This is the second time Ms. Slank has received the “Lawyer of the Year” recognition. Slank is also one of eleven attorneys within the firm who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, recognized for her work in the fields of Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 11 consecutive years.

Attorney Brian D. Einhorn has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Metro Detroit. This is the third time Einhorn has received such recognition. He has also been previously been listed as a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2016) and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2014). Einhorn is also one of eleven attorneys within the firm who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, recognized for his work in the fields of Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

Collins Einhorn Farrell would like to congratulate the following attorneys selected in their respective fields to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America list: David C. Anderson (Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); Theresa M. Asoklis (Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); Donald D. Campbell (Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law); Timothy F. Casey (Insurance Law); Brian D. Einhorn (Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); Clayton F. Farrell (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); Deborah A. Hebert (Appellate Practice, Insurance Law); Neil W. MacCallum (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); Noreen L. Slank (Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants); Michael J. Sullivan (Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); and Robert C. Tice (Litigation – Labor and Employment).

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Jonathan B. Koch has joined the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. Koch will concentrate his practice on appellate and trial level motion practice. Before joining the firm, Jonathan worked in the Michigan Supreme Court as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable David F. Viviano. Jonathan has experience in a number of areas of Michigan law, including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, no-fault, municipal law, employment law, premises liability, and general civil litigation.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Robbie J. Gaines, Jr. has joined the firm’s General and Automotive Liability practice group. Gaines entered private practice following a Judicial Clerkship in the Third Judicial Court of Michigan with the Honorable Leslie Kim Smith. Robbie has worked on a wide range of civil cases with complex procedural and substantive legal issues. He has experience in no-fault, premises liability, medical malpractice, employment law and civil rights litigation.

Attorney Richard A. Joslin won a motion for summary disposition in favor of his client, a home health care agency in this case alleging liability for a sexual assault committed by the agency’s former employee. Plaintiff had engaged the agency to provide nurses to care for plaintiff’s disabled son. One evening, after the nurse’s shift had ended and she had left for the day, the nurse returned and assaulted plaintiff. The nurse was later convicted of assault and the plaintiff sued the agency on a number of theories. The court dismissed the action on all theories.

Attorneys Richard A. Joslin and Trent B. Collier won a motion for summary disposition in favor of their client, an urgent care facility, in this medical malpractice case. The plaintiff’s husband was seen at the urgent care center and as part of the work-up there, received an x-ray. The x-ray was interpreted by an independent contractor radiologist. After plaintiff’s husband died, she sued alleging that a number of physicians and entities were negligent in failing to property diagnose her husband. The court dismissed the action as to the urgent care center, holding that the radiologist was neither the actual nor ostensible agent of the urgent care center.