Joel Ashton Speaks at NAIFA Auto No-Fault Reform Conference

Joel Ashton, a partner in our Livonia office, was recently a featured speaker at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ (NAIFA) Auto No-Fault Reform Conference held in Lansing.  His presentation focused on the amendments to the Michigan No-Fault Act and its impact on Michigan residents, non-residents, insurance agents and financial advisors as well as related health insurance, Medicaid and Medicare issues. Mr. Ashton is extremely knowledgeable on the […]

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Summary Disposition Granted in Homeowners Case

Attorneys Joel Ashton and Stanley Okoli recently had a homeowners case dismissed on summary disposition pursuant to MCR 2.116(C)(8) and (10). This case involved a residential property subrogation claim in which a leak from a water supply line for a toilet resulted in approximately $290,000 in damages. Pre-suit investigation supported that the subject water supply line, as well as other toilets in the home, showed evidence of having been improperly […]

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Greg Grant and Braeden Willoughby Named Partners of the Firm

We are pleased to announce that Greg Grant and Braeden Willoughby have been elected partners at CMDA. “In addition to being tremendous lawyers, they are both greatly admired for their unique achievements,” said Chris Schultz, managing partner. “Greg possesses outstanding legal skills and maintains exceptional relationships with his clients. Braeden has displayed excellent leadership qualities since joining CMDA. We recognize the work he has done for our clients and look […]

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Summary Disposition Granted on Serious Impairment in Trucking Case

Attorneys Joel Ashton and Stanley Okoli recently had a third party automobile negligence action dismissed on summary disposition pursuant to MCR 2.116(C)(10) based on the finding that the plaintiff’s alleged impairment had not affected her general ability to lead her normal life. The subject accident involved a significant sideswipe accident by the defendant semi-truck.  The Motion was filed after the conclusion of discovery.  Prior to the filing of the Motion, […]

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Ashton Discusses Michigan No-Fault Act on TV Warren

Joel Ashton, a partner in our Livonia office, was recently a guest on the City of Warren’s television program Warren Today. He spoke on the current fundamentals of Michigan’s no-fault insurance, including Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, bodily injury coverage and also the optional collusion coverage. He also discussed the new Michigan No-Fault Act, which contains several significant changes to the current no-fault auto insurance law.  He advises every Michigan […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Holds that Owner or Registrant Need Not Personally Maintain Insurance Under No-Fault Act

On July 11, 2019, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an important decision regarding the requirement of the No-Fault Act for the “owner or registrant” of a motor vehicle to “maintain” no-fault insurance on a motor vehicle. In Dye v. Esurance, Docket No. 155784, the Michigan Supreme Court clarifies that the No-Fault Act does not require the “owner or registrant” of a motor vehicle to personally purchase the no-fault insurance for […]

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Paletta Feature Speaker at MDTC Annual Meeting

Jacklyn Paletta, a partner in our Livonia office, was a feature speaker at the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan. Ms. Paletta’s presentation, “Preparing your Provider Suit for Trial,” provided the appropriate steps to take when preparing and defending a provider’s suit, as well as practical tips to a success trial. MDTC is a non-profit association of the leading […]

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Three Attorneys Join Firm

We are very pleased to announce that three attorneys have recently joined our Firm. David Kowalski is an attorney in our Clinton Township office where he focuses his practice on insurance defense, municipal law, appeals and litigation, and research. He has extensive litigation and appellate experience and has received favorable outcomes for clients before the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He authors briefs for submission to […]

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CMDA Supports SVAA Fundraiser Event

Attorneys Matt Cross, Greg Grant and Bradley Yanalunas attended the Saginaw Valley Adjusters Association’s 5th Annual Bowl for a Cause fundraiser event. The event, held at Stardust Lanes in Saginaw, raised funds to help support SVAA in its battle against opioid addiction and to bring awareness to the community. The fundraiser also supported the I Support the 1% Veteran Food Pantry in Saginaw, which collects food donations for local military […]

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Matt Cross and Greg Grant Attend Grand Rapids Adjusters Association Event

Matt Cross and Greg Grant, both attorneys in our Traverse City office, had a great time at the recent Grand Rapids Adjusters Association (GRAA) Roaring 20’s Vendor Night.  They enjoyed interacting with guests and sharing information on our Firm’s Insurance Defense practice group. Matt Cross concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance defense, business, entertainment law, law enforcement defense and litigation, and municipal law. Mr. Cross has experience handling […]

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