CMDA Law Blogs

Attorney Barbara Moore Joins Riverside Office

Please joins us in welcoming Barbara M. Moore to the Firm. She has joined CMDA as an attorney in the Firm’s Riverside office. Ms. Moore focuses her practice on public entity defense, insurance defense, personal injury, and litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked as a civil litigation attorney where she was responsible for all litigation work, including drafting pleadings, motions and discovery, depositions, court appearances, mediations, arbitrations, and […]

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Attorney Angela Fitle Joins Kansas City Office

Please join us in welcoming Angela S. Fitle to the Firm. She has joined CMDA as an attorney in the Firm’s Kansas City office. Ms. Fitle focuses her practice on insurance defense, municipal law, and litigation. She writes briefs for submission to all levels of state and federal courts, argues cases in all levels of state and federal courts of appeals, and performs research for all areas of law handled […]

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Attorney Joseph M. Ramirez Obtains Summary Judgment in Federal Court

United States District Court Judge Douglas Harpool granted Summary Judgment in a case handled by attorney Joseph Ramirez. The case was based on allegations of 42 U.S.C. §1983 civil conspiracy claims arising from an alleged unlawful arrest, unlawful search and seizure, unlawful use of excessive force, unlawful imprisonment, and excessive bail. Plaintiff alleged her injuries involved three Sheriff Deputies’ conspiracy to commit constitutional rights violations against her through alleged acts […]

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CMDA Mourns The Loss of Longtime Client, Friend & Legendary Detroit Lion Mike Lucci

A great man passed today, one of the finest men I ever knew—not just in football, but in life. He did more for me in my career than I can tell you and he did more quietly to help former players than I can say on here. He told it like it is. Blunt, direct, no BS about him. But a warm, generous spirit. Won a world championship in Cleveland […]

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Sixth Circuit “Chalking” Case Goes Forward

The lawsuit against the City of Saginaw for “chalking” tires as part of the City’s parking enforcement continues. Previously, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that using chalk to mark the tire of a parked vehicle was a search under the Fourth Amendment. And now, the court has held that no warrantless search exceptions apply, so the case can still go forward. The City of […]

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Eight CMDA Attorneys Recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers for 2021

CMDA is proud to announce that several attorneys from our Firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list. The following attorneys have been selected to the 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers list: Jim Acho, Top Rated Civil Litigation Defense Jeff Clark, Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Tim Ferrand, Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Haider Kazim, Top Rated State, Local & Municipal […]

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CMDA Attorneys Attend 42nd Annual NFL Alumni-Detroit Chapter Dinner

For nearly 20 years, CMDA partner Jim Acho has served as legal counsel to the Detroit chapter of the NFL Alumni Association. NFL Alumni Association President Pete Chryplewicz is a longtime client of Mr. Acho, as are numerous ex-Lions. At the annual dinners, Jim often speaks and provides retired NFL players with updates or changes in the law as it affects retired player benefits. This year’s dinner was held at […]

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Update: $0 Judgment Entered in Federal Lawsuit Tried by Carol Smith

Update: Judge Janet Neff has entered a final judgment in the federal lawsuit tried this spring by Attorney Carol Smith and her paralegal, Suzanne Fuhrman.  The court agreed with Carol that the entire amount awarded by the Jury was either not applicable or subject to offsets.  Carol’s clients will pay nothing. The lawsuit was filed by a family physician from Chicago, who was visiting the Silver Lake State Park in […]

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CMDA Mourns The Loss of Former Client J.R. Richard

If you have visited CMDA partner Jim Acho’s office, you have no doubt seen the framed Houston Astros game jersey on his wall. It was a gift from client J.R. Richard, legendary Houston Astros pitcher who unfortunately lost a short battle with Covid on Friday. Jim was invited to J.R.’s Astros Hall of Fame ceremony in 2019. Said Jim to Houston sports radio KFNC, “J.R. was a man who dealt […]

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Attorney Jonathan Brown Successfully Obtains Motion to Dismiss in Case Filed by MRI Facility

Judge Meinecke (44th District Court – Royal Oak) granted Motion to Dismiss a case filed by an MRI facility based on repeated discovery violations in a case handled by CMDA attorney Jonathan Brown. In granting the Motion, the Court dismissed the facility’s entire action, with prejudice, just weeks prior to the scheduled start of trial. The main dispute in this matter was allegedly unpaid medical expenses related to MRI scans […]

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