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In a recent legal malpractice case, attorney Colleen H. Burke secured summary disposition by demonstrating to an arbitrator that the plaintiff’s underlying employment case was without merit. Plaintiff was terminated from his position as a police officer due to his inappropriate conduct with a minor. Plaintiff’s union refused to take the matter to arbitration. Colleen’s client represented Plaintiff in efforts to secure unemployment benefits and post termination events with the employer. Colleen successfully argued that even if Plaintiff was able to take his claim for wrongful termination to arbitration, the arbitrator would have agreed with the municipality and upheld the termination.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC attorney Rick Braun will be a co-presenter at an Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) event this Thursday, October 6, 2016. The practical knowledge seminar will be focused on the topic of environmental law and toxic torts. This seminar is part of OCBA U, a program designed by the OCBA to help new lawyers grow their careers by teaching them the knowledge and skills they need.

Braun will be sharing his unique perspective on toxic tort and environmental law as it relates to private practice. He will be joined by co-presenter Kyle Jones (attorney and head of the Environment, Health & Safety and Real Estate Practice for FCA US LLC), who brings an in-house perspective to the discussion.

Attorneys Lauren A. Frederick and Robbie J. Gaines successfully obtained Motion for Summary Disposition in no-fault PIP case, where judge agreed with the defendant-insurer that the alleged injured party unlawfully took the vehicle she was operating on the date of loss; therefore, she (and her providers) were excluded from collecting PIP benefits from the defendant-insurer. The case was argued in 44th District Court before Judge Derek Meinecke. (Oct 2016)

Attorney David C. Anderson will be speaking on October 24, 2016 at the American Conference Institute (ACI)’s Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice. The title of the discussion is called “Trying a Case and Strategies for Handling Legal Malpractice Cases: Emerging Trial Issues, New Defenses and Novel Ideas, and a Brief Examination of Circumstances under which It Can Be Appropriate to Admit Negligence?”

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, attorney Rick Braun spoke at the National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort (FETTI) Annual Conference. The session was entitled “Take-Home Asbestos Cases: Handling the Depositions and Establishing Your Client’s Exposure Defense.”

Information covered included understanding the impact of exposure assessment experiments to measure take-home exposure potential from chrysotile asbestos fibers, using the findings to take effective depositions of plaintiffs and handlers of asbestos-containing products, and use the findings to establish an exposure defense at trial.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Henry E. Ibe has joined the firm’s General and Automotive Liability practice group. Ibe focuses his practice on a variety of defense litigation matters, with an emphasis on and defending first- and third-party automobile liability claims. Prior to joining Collins Einhorn Farrell, he worked as an associate at a business law firm offering legal services to startups and entrepreneurs in Detroit. Subsequently, he worked as an associate at a prominent Detroit-based defense litigation firm.

Attorney Lauren A. Frederick successfully drafted and argued a motion for summary disposition in a provider’s first-party no-fault action. The plaintiff sued the defendant for first-party no-fault benefits for expenses allegedly incurred for treatment rendered to the underlying claimant. The plaintiff sought benefits under a no-fault policy, which was issued to the claimant’s nonresident mother. The policy, however, insured a vehicle owned solely by a nonresident cousin. The defendant filed a motion for summary disposition in lieu of an answer. The defendant relied upon the unambiguous language contained in the No-Fault Act and the policy, and argued, primarily, that it was in not in any order of priority, and there was no coverage available to the plaintiff. The plaintiff’s main arguments were that the claimant was a constructive owner with an insurable interest, and that no-fault insurance follows the vehicle, not the person. The court disagreed with the plaintiff’s arguments, finding that there was no coverage available under the defendant’s policy and, therefore, granted the defendant’s motion for summary disposition.

Attorney Scott J. Pawlak and Kevin P. Moloughney won a Summary Disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court, successfully obtaining rescission of a No-Fault Automobile Policy. The Court agreed with the defendant that the insured’s fraudulent representations in the application process were material, and the insurer was therefore entitled to rescind its policy.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC announced today that 15 of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list. An additional four attorneys from Collins Einhorn were named to the 2016 Michigan Rising Stars list.

Attorney Zach M. Zurek, a member of Collins Einhorn Farrell’s General and Automotive Liability Group, obtained a defense verdict in an Oakland County third-party automobile negligence case. After a lengthy trial, the Jury found that Mr. Zurek’s client did not proximately cause the injury Plaintiff claimed was a result of the automobile accident at issue.