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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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John Gwyn Selected as a “Go To Lawyer” in Real Estate and Condominium Law

CMDA is proud to announce that John D. Gwyn has been recognized as a “Go To Lawyer” for Real Estate and Condominium Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The publication recently launched a “Go To Lawyers” program that identifies and recognizes the top 20 lawyers across the state in a given practice area, and we are thrilled that Mr. Gwyn was selected as a top lawyer in real estate and condominium […]

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Attorney Jonathan Brown Successfully Obtains Motion for Reconsideration in PIP Benefits Case

Judge Allen (Wayne County) granted motion for reconsideration after initially denying a Motion for summary disposition in a case for personal injury protection (PIP) benefits filed by a medical facility in a case handled by CMDA attorney Jonathan Brown. In granting the motion for reconsideration, Judge Allen reversed its prior denial of the Motion and dismissed the matter with prejudice. In this case, the underlying claim of the patient was […]

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Attorney Carol Smith Obtains Motion for Partial Summary Disposition on Large-Exposure Case

Judge Geddis (Livingston County) granted a motion for partial summary disposition on a large-exposure case handled by attorney Carol Smith.  The case arises from an accident that occurred when the driver of a motor coach transporting a 40+ middle-schoolers and chaperones took a highway exit ramp too fast and rolled the bus. Numerous individuals reported injuries, including several broken bones and concussions, as well as a chaperone who suffered burst-type […]

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Greg Grant Presenter at MDTC Regional Judicial Award Ceremony

The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) hosted the first annual Regional Judicial Award Ceremony on May 21, 2021. Greg Grant, a partner in our Traverse City office and Regional Chair of the MDTC, was honored to present Hon. Kevin A. Eisenheimer with the Judicial Award. MDTC states, “13th Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer has been a source of calm, pragmatic leadership to the northern Michigan bar. Judge Elsenheimer has managed […]

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