Court Grants Motion for Summary Disposition in Oakland County Circuit Court for National Pet Store Chain Sued in Dog-bite Case


Attorneys Kevin P. Moloughney and Scott J. Pawlak successfully obtained summary disposition in favor of a national pet store chain in a dog-bite case. The Court, agreeing with the defendant, found that Plaintiff’s claims failed because: 1) there was no precedent under either ordinary negligence or premises liability principles to impose a leash length requirement to protect customers from dogs owned by third parties, 2) there was no evidence that the pet store had prior knowledge of the dog’s vicious behavior, and 3) there was no evidence that the dog bite was created by the defendant’s active negligence. The Court also dismissed Plaintiff’s claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress and loss of consortium.

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