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Posted: Sep 27, 2016, 1:25 PM
In this case (In re Trumble, No 330627) Respondent Mother appealed the Gladwin Circuit Court order terminating her parental rights to her child arguing that the trial court violated her due process by its failure to sua sponte or on its own appoint an attorney to represent her. The Court of Appeals, affirmed the trial court order, stating that because the respondent knowingly declined the offer of appointed counsel at the preliminary hearing and had never shown she suffered from an obvious cognitive impairment, she failed to show that the trial court denied her due process by declining to sua sponte appoint counsel.
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Posted: Sep 23, 2016, 11:35 AM
In A B Petro Mart, Inc v Prime One Ins, 317 Mich App 290 (2016) Docket 327481, an insurance coverage action, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that a corporate Plaintiff had an insurable interest in the property at issue, despite the fact that it did not own the property.
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Posted: Sep 20, 2016, 2:20 PM
Judge Peter D. O’Connell likes being a judge of the Fourth District of the Michigan Court of Appeals, a position to which he was elected in 1994 and reelected as an incumbent every six years to this day. Unfortunately for Judge O’Connell, because he will reach his 70th birthday before his current term expires in November, under Michigan law he can’t run for re-election. Judge O’Connell’s solution to this conundrum was not to turn back the hands of time but to run as an incumbent for a Court of Appeals position beginning in Jan. 2017 currently held by Judge Michael Gadola.
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Posted: Sep 6, 2016, 12:40 PM
The Court of Appeals held that an attorney could not be sued for legal malpractice, even if the attorney missed the deadline for filing a Claim of Appeal.
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