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Partner Matthew Cross Returns to CMDA

We are pleased to announce that a familiar face is back in the Firm’s Traverse City office. Please join us in welcoming Matthew W. Cross back to CMDA. Matt Cross is a partner in our Traverse City office where he focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense litigation, law enforcement defense and litigation, and municipal law. Matt has experience handling employment law, personal injury defense, marijuana licensing litigation, […]

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Nine CMDA Attorneys Recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers for 2023

CMDA is proud to announce that several attorneys from our Firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list. The following attorneys have been selected to the 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers list: Jim Acho, Top Rated Civil Litigation Defense Jeff Clark, Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Tim Ferrand, Top Rated State, Class Action & Mass Torts Haider Kazim, Top Rated State, Local […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Rules on Retroactivity of 2019 No-Fault Amendments

On July 31, 2023, the Michigan Supreme Court held that the new fee schedule and attendant care limitations contained in MCL 500.3157 do not apply retroactively to PIP insureds who sustained accidental bodily injuries prior to the effective date of the 2019 No-Fault amendments.  In Andary et al v USAA Casualty Insurance Company and Citizens Insurance Company of America, the Court reasoned that the No-Fault insurance policy and disputed portions […]

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Jim Acho mentioned on CBS’ The Jim Rome Show

Jim Acho and the work he does representing retired players was mentioned today on The Jim Rome Show by hosts Randy and Jason Sklar. The show is simulcast on syndicated national radio and on TV via the CBS Sports Network. Scroll to the 20 minute mark to listen. The Jim Rome Show- July 13, 2023

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Michigan Supreme Court Grants Leave to Appeal on Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment Issue Under Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act

In December 2022, in a case of first impression, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) supported a claim for student-on-student sexual harassment. The Michigan Supreme Court has now granted an application for leave to appeal. In Doe v Alpena Public School District, 2022 WL 17868146, a female fourth grade student’s mother brought action against the school district and board of education claiming that […]

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Grant Wins Federal Police Case After Lengthy Litigation

Greg Grant of the Traverse City Office defended an Upper Peninsula sheriff’s deputy in a case that lasted 5½ years with multiple Sixth Circuit appeals. The plaintiff was visiting her husband, an inmate in a Michigan prison, when she claimed she was falsely accused of passing contraband during a kiss. As a consequence, the plaintiff’s vehicle was searched and marijuana was discovered. Later, more marijuana was found in her hotel […]

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Jim Acho Interviewed by SABR for their July National Annual Conference

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Research Committee Chair Rod Nelson interviewed CMDA Partner Jim Acho for his take on the recent class action lawsuit filed by former MLB scouts for age discrimination against Major League Baseball. Jim has been legal counsel on the two largest class action lawsuits in sports history: the MLB pension lawsuit in 2022 and the NFL Concussion lawsuit in 2015. As a result, he […]

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Grant Wins Dismissal for Utility in Electrical Shock Case

Greg Grant of the Traverse City office recently obtained dismissal on behalf of a large utility company in a case that was litigated for over four years. The plaintiff in the case alleged negligence after she was electrocuted while inside of her vehicle when it came into contact with a low-hanging power line during a severe thunderstorm in Northern Michigan. The evidence demonstrated that a tree branch had fallen on […]

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Patent Attorney Attends International Polymer Colloids Group Conference

James Taylor, an attorney in our Livonia office, recently attended The International Polymer Colloids Group (IPCG) Conference in Ontario, Canada. The conference is held every two years and aims to bring together the world’s leading researchers from both academia and industry to exchange the latest developments in the area of polymer colloids science, as well as discuss new directions and future challenges. Polymer colloid science is of particular interest to […]

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Grant and Rewa Earn Dismissal in U.P. Police Case

Greg Grant and Kristen Rewa recently obtained a dismissal in a U.P. circuit court on summary disposition. In the case, the plaintiff sued a county sheriff’s office detective after he was arrested on charges of felony intimidation of a witness and assault and battery based on the detective’s investigation. The plaintiff was bound over to circuit court after a preliminary examination in district court. However, the circuit court quashed the […]

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