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Attorneys Kenneth C. Merritt and Christopher R. Schaedig obtained summary disposition in Michigan’s Sixteenth Circuit Court in a home-inspector negligence and third-party beneficiary case on the grounds of no genuine issue of material fact regarding any of Third-Party Plaintiffs’ claims. Third-Party Plaintiffs failed to sufficiently prove that the home inspector was negligent, that they were third-party beneficiaries to the home-inspection agreement, or that they were entitled to indemnity from the home inspector.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Christopher T. Lang has joined the firm’s General and Automotive Practice Group. Mr. Lang’s practice focuses on first- and third-party automotive defense and other general liability matters. His past experience includes commercial litigation, security compliance, and commercial transaction matters. He also gained valuable experience in courtroom practice and procedure while working as the Judicial Staff Attorney for the Honorable Lisa Langton in Oakland County Circuit Court. For full details, click on headline.

We are pleased to announce that attorney Elizabeth A. Hohauser has joined the firm’s General and Automotive Practice Group. Ms. Hohauser will be focusing her practice primarily on first- and third-party automotive liability litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she gained extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of matters, including personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and commercial litigation. Click on the headline for full details.

Attorney Karen R. Geibel was recently appointed by U.S. Representative Dave Trott (Michigan’s 11th District) to serve on the Military Academy Nomination Panel for applicants to the United States Military Academy (West Point).

Attorneys Lauren A. Frederick and Brian A. Catrinar successfully obtained summary disposition in no-fault priority dispute between the plaintiff’s personal auto insurer and the insurer of a city-sponsored transportation van. At issue was whether the van at issue was being operated in the business transporting passengers pursuant to MCL 500.3114(2). Also at issue was the novel priority issue of whether the van fit the definition of a “bus” under the no-fault act, thereby triggering an exception to MCL 500.3114(2). Using the “primary purpose/incidental nature test,” Judge Chabot of the Oakland County Circuit Court held that the city-sponsored transportation van was being operated in the business of transporting passengers at the time of the accident, and that it did not qualify as a bus to trigger any of the exceptions set forth in MCL 500.3114(2). Therefore, the insurer for the city-sponsored van was first in the order of priority for payment of the plaintiff’s no-fault benefits.

We are pleased to announce that our partner Kari L. Melkonian has been included in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Up & Coming Lawyer class of 2017. Melkonian was one of thirty honorees selected via committee based on criteria which include having established a name for themselves, going above and beyond, and displaying the ambition, drive, determination, and accomplishments that set them apart from their peers. Only attorneys in their first 10 years in practice are eligible for this prestigious award.

Collins Einhorn is pleased to announce that we have proudly teamed with Covenant House Michigan (CHM) as the beneficiary of our 2017 firm-wide charity auction. CHM is a local non-profit that provides hope to Detroit area homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. As part of our fundraising initiative, we are accepting donations of gift baskets, tickets, and other items for our employees to bid on. All proceeds raised will be donated to Covenant House Michigan, a very worthy organization.

If you or your business are interested in donating an item for our auction, please contact Andi Oleszczak at Andrea.Oleszczak@CEFLawyers.com. To learn more about Covenant House Michigan, visit www.covenanthousemi.org. Thank you!

Attorney Colleen H. Burke obtained summary disposition for a shopping center owner who was sued for allegedly failing to maintain the property. Burke was able to demonstrate to the Court that the condition was open and obvious and that the property owner was not liable for the injuries from plaintiff’s slip and fall.

Attorneys Kari L. Melkonian and Patrick J. Walbridge recently obtained two summary dispositions in Wayne County Circuit Court. The first was on behalf of a hotel in a case arising out of a slip and fall on water at a wedding reception. The other was on behalf of a restaurant in an implied warranty and food safety act claim arising out of dental injuries sustained from a foreign object in a salad. To read the full details of both, click on the headline.

Attorney Karen R. Geibel obtained a no-cause jury verdict in Lapeer County Circuit Court for a bar in a Dram Shop Act claim arising out of a fight between patrons in a parking lot. For full details, click on the headline.