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Collins Einhorn Farrell PC proudly announces the election of its partner Kari L. Melkonian to the Board of Directors for the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA). Melkonian will be serving a three-year term beginning June 1, 2017. To read the full announcement, click on the headline.

Attorney Robert C. Tice won summary disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court for an employer in a workers’ compensation retaliation case. The plaintiff was terminated following a contested workplace injury and sought to return to her former position with ongoing work restrictions. Her employer determined that the ongoing work restrictions substantially interfered with expected job duties. Defendant’s motion to dismiss argued that the plaintiff’s subsequent termination was not related to her claim for worker’s compensation benefits, that she was not qualified for the position at the time of her termination by reason of her ongoing work restrictions and that no evidence demonstrated pretext for the legitimate reason she was terminated. Plaintiff’s counsel unsuccessfully argued that the prospect of a higher workers’ compensation premium and increased unemployment tax were sufficient evidence to define a prima facie case. Counsel sought more than $500,000 in damages.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney MaryRachel Dysarz has joined the firm’s General and Automotive Liability practice group. Ms. Dysarz focuses her practice on general liability and first- and third-party automotive defense. She provides clients with guidance through the litigation process, beginning from the discovery phase through trial. Ms. Dysarz has vast experience preparing and successfully arguing motions for summary disposition on behalf of clients. In addition to her automotive liability background, Dysarz has also handled medical/dental professional liability, premise liability, and general negligence cases.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Kyle M. Dysarz has joined the firm’s Insurance Coverage practice group. Mr. Dysarz provides clients with formal opinions on the coverages afforded by commercial general liability, business owners, homeowners, and umbrella insurance policies, and he assists with drafting reservations of rights and declinations as needed. He also litigates declaratory judgment actions in connection with claims of bodily injury, property damage, construction defects, personal and advertising injury, and toxic torts. In addition to his focus on insurance coverage, Dysarz also has experience as a defense litigator and has handled a variety of complex disputes, including wrongful death claims, construction defect claims, and bad faith insurance claims.

Henry Ibe, an associate attorney at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC and experienced in Michigan no-fault and immigration matters, recently released an opinion piece on the topic of immigration in America. The article recently ran in the Detroit Legal News. Click on the headline to read the full submission.

Attorneys Kevin P. Moloughney and Scott J. Pawlak won summary disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court for defendant insurer in first-party No Fault case. Successfully moved for dismissal of Plaintiff’s entire claim, pursuant to the fraud exclusion of the insurance contract, based on Plaintiff’s fraudulent representations regarding his wage loss claim. More than $650,000 in first-party benefits were extinguished as a result of the decision.

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, attorney Rick Braun will be speaking at the Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association Annual Conference, to be held in Orlando, Florida. The session is entitled “Homeward Bound: The Rise of Household Exposure Claims in Asbestos Litigation.” He will be joined by Christine D. Calareso, Esq. (Selman Breitman LLP) and Elizabeth Sorenson Brotten, Esq. (Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson).

Information covered will include a review of scientific literature on take-home exposures, the latest decisions on the existence of a legal duty in various jurisdictions, understanding the impact of exposure assessment experiments to measure take-home exposure potential from chrysotile asbestos fibers, and using the findings to take effective depositions.

Attorneys Kevin P. Moloughney and Kari L. Melkonian won summary disposition in favor of a paving contractor in a wrongful death action arising out of a slip and fall in a commercial parking lot. Plaintiff’s decedent allegedly slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot and died as a result of his injuries. The Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims against the paving contractor finding that plaintiff failed to present evidence that the decedent’s death was caused by any wrongdoing or negligent act of this defendant.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Andrew J. Huige has joined the firm’s Professional Liability practice group. Mr Huige will be focusing his practice on the defense of claims asserted against a wide variety of professionals, including attorneys, health care professionals, real estate agents, and accountants. Before joining Collins Einhorn, Huige worked at a major law firm based in Virginia where his practice focused on complex business and contract disputes, intellectual property, real estate, litigation, and appeals. More recently, Huige practiced with a boutique litigation firm in Detroit specializing in the late stage defense and trial of complex high-risk claims in state and federal courts in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Huige is dedicated to achieving cost-effective client results by honing in on critical factual and legal issues early in cases and focusing discovery and aggressive motion practice in these areas.

Attorneys Kari Melkonian and Jonathan Koch won summary disposition in favor of a tenant in a premises liability action for injuries arising out of an alleged malfunction of automatic sliding doors at the entrance of a grocery store. The Court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint against the store finding that the door was not defective and that the store lacked notice of any potential hazard. The Court also found that the claim was barred under the open and obvious doctrine.