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Attorneys Timothy F. Casey and Amy L. Felder obtained summary disposition in Allegan County Circuit Court for insurance agent and agency in lawsuit brought by insured alleging bad faith, negligence, misrepresentation and intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress. The Court found that no “special relationship” was present that would require the agent or the agency to advise the insured about the adequacy of coverage, relying on the holding in Harts v. Farmers Insurance Exchange. Further, because neither the agent nor the agency had any duties in connection with the claim handling activities for the insurance policy at issue, they could not be held liable for the insured’s remaining claims. Summary disposition was granted and both the agent and the agency were dismissed from the lawsuit.

Attorneys Scott J. Pawlak and Kevin P. Moloughney won summary disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court for insurer in first-party No Fault case. The Court agreed with defendant insurer that a Plaintiff daughter’s claim under her mother’s automobile insurance policy that had been previously rescinded was barred by the collateral estoppel and collateral attack doctrines. The Court further found that there was no factual development that could result in PIP coverage under the policy, and Plaintiff’s claims were therefore dismissed with prejudice.

We are pleased to announce that Collins Einhorn Farrell attorneys Patrick D. Crandell, Lauren A. Frederick, Kari L. Melkonian, and Kyle N. Smith have been elected partners in the firm. Click on the headline for full details.

Attorney Rick Braun was recently appointed by Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett to the city’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. The City of Rochester Hills Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) was established by the City Council on November 13, 2002, pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, Act 381 of the Public Acts of the State of Michigan of 1996, as amended, for the purpose of facilitating the implementation of plans relating to the identification and treatment of environmentally distressed areas so as to promote revitalization in the City of Rochester Hills.

Mr. Braun will serve for a three year term.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that we have been honored as a 2016 Top Workplaces National Standard by The Detroit Free Press. The list includes the best places to work in the State of Michigan, of which only 135 companies achieved the level of National Standard. Collins Einhorn was only one of ten law firms in the state to receive this distinction.

Attorney Shannon M. Kos recently presented at the 2016 Fire Science and Litigation Seminar, held in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 17-18, 2016. The presentation, entitled Fire Investigation 101, provided attorneys who are new to fire and explosion litigation with the nuts and bolts of an origin and cause investigation and practice tips for defending these cases using NFPA 921 as the framework.

Attorneys Kenneth C. Merritt and Christopher R. Schaedig won summary disposition in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court for a premises liability and vicarious liability case on the grounds of lack of evidence of notice or retained control. Plaintiff failed to sufficiently prove that premises owner had notice of a risk of imminent and foreseeable harm to its invitees or that it retained control over independently hired security guards.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is proud to announce that nine of its practice areas have been recognized in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list.

The firm received Tier 1 Metropolitan recognition for their work in Insurance Law, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Appellate Law. In addition to having garnered top tier local recognition for the last seven years, Collins Einhorn’s appellate department has now drawn national attention, receiving a National Tier 3 ranking. The firm also received Tier 2 recognition in the Detroit Metropolitan area for their work in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, and Tier 3 recognition for Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that seventeen attorneys have been named to the 2017 “Top Lawyers” list by DBusiness magazine. Click on the headline for details.

Attorneys Timothy F. Casey and Amy L. Felder obtained summary disposition in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court for insurer in dispute with homeowner with respect to water damage due to a roof sag as a result of ice and snow. Homeowner sued insurer for negligence and breach of contract. With respect to homeowner’s claims of negligence, the court found that all duties alleged by homeowner were not duties imposed by the law on the insurer, and that all allegations of negligence potentially arose from the insurer’s alleged breach of contract. Thus, the Court found the insurer was not negligent. With respect to homeowner’s breach of contract claim, the Court found that Plaintiff was unable to proffer any evidence that the insurer breached the contract beyond homeowner’s allegations that she didn’t think the insurer provided sufficient coverage. The evidence showed that the insurer paid out more than $70,000 to homeowner to live in a hotel and to make repairs to the home, which homeowner never did. Summary disposition was granted in full and the case was dismissed.