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Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorneys Joshua I. Arnkoff, Patrick M. Edwartowski, and Stephen D. Jacobites have been elected partners in the firm. To read the full details, click on the headline.

Attorneys Lauren Frederick and Brian Catrinar, both members of Collins Einhorn’s General and Automotive Liability Group, recently obtained a defense verdict in a Wayne County first-party no-fault case. After a seven-day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of no cause of action, finding that plaintiff’s claim of accidental bodily injuries did not arise out of the automobile accident at issue. To learn more, click on the headline.

Defense litigation attorney Matthew S. LaBeau of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC will be a featured speaker at the 5th annual ICLE No-Fault Summit, to be held in Plymouth, Michigan on April 26-27, 2018. He will be joined by plaintiff attorney Adrienne D. Logeman of Logeman Iafrate & Logeman PC. The session, “Using the Claims File to Prove and Disprove Damages at Trial,” will cover, from both sides, what proofs are required for different types of claims, techniques to both trigger and avoid claims for interest and attorney fees, and tips for submitting timely proofs. The presentation will take place on Thursday, April 26 as part of the two-day conference. Registration is available at www.icle.org/no-fault or by calling ICLE at (877) 229-4350.

Judge Warren of the Oakland County Circuit Court granted Defendant’s motion for summary disposition in a case where medical providers submitted assignments purporting to transfer their patient’s right to collect PIP benefits from two companies that were not Defendant. Plaintiffs argued that these assignments should allow them to bring a cause of action against Defendant, an automobile insurance company, because of its business relationship with the other companies. They claimed Defendant and the other companies were all essentially the same entity and it was just a clerical mistake that the assignments did not name Defendant. Judge Warren agreed with defense attorneys Patrick J. Walbridge and Kevin P. Moloughney, who argued that the assignments could not be construed as transferring any cause of action against Defendant that the patient might have possessed.

Attorneys Lauren A. Frederick and Ashley S. Dickey were granted Motion for Summary Disposition on behalf of their client, an automotive insurance company, in a no-fault case filed by medical providers. Judge Allen of the Third Judicial Circuit Court dismissed the case based upon res judicata, since the medical providers filed the same case previously, which was dismissed with prejudice for discovery violations. Judge Allen also awarded the auto insurer sanctions.

In 2013, the Michigan legislature enacted a statute of repose for legal-malpractice claims. Those claims…

Attorneys Ashley S. Dickey and Kevin P. Moloughney obtained summary disposition in Michigan’s 6th Circuit Court in a slip and fall case involving a snow removal company and third-party beneficiary case on the grounds of no genuine issue of material fact regarding the Plaintiff’s claims and Co-Defendant condominium complex’s claims. Additionally, the Court found that Plaintiff failed to allege a separate and distinct duty that the snow removal company owed her outside of its contractual duties with the condominium complex such that the snow removal company cannot be held liable in tort for non-performance of a contractual duty.

The Court of Appeals adopted an expansion of the attorney-client privilege in Estate of Nash…

Estate of Maki v Coen (2017) holds that an attorney who represents a conservator represents…

Attorney Shannon M. Kos, the lead attorney for Collins Einhorn Farrell’s Fire and Explosion Litigation group, has been certified by OSHA in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). OSHA developed the HAZWOPER standard to protect workers at hazardous sites, including those involving release or potential release of hazardous materials. This is the second certification for Kos, who is also a certified Fire and Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators. She is one of only a handful of attorneys in the United States to hold these certifications. To read further details, click on the headline.