Court Grants Summary Judgment, Dismisses Wrongful Arrest/Malicious Prosecution Claims

Greg Grant and Matt Cross, both attorneys in our Traverse City office, recently successfully defended a municipality and police officer against claims of false arrest/wrongful imprisonment and malicious prosecution. The key issue in the case was whether the officer had probable cause to arrest plaintiff for extortion. Finding that the officer had probable case, the Court granted summary judgment in favor of our clients, dismissing plaintiff’s federal claims in their […]

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Seven CMDA Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers for 2018

CMDA is proud to announce that several attorneys from our Firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list. The following attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers list:  Jim Acho, Top Rated Civil Litigation Jeff Clark, Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Haider Kazim, Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Allan Vander Laan, Top Rated State, Local & Municipal […]

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Sixth Circuit Reinforces the Importance of Protecting the Identities of Confidential Informants

In Nelson v. City of Madison Heights, et al., while conducting a narcotics investigation at a motel police walked by the room of Shelly Hilliard (“Hilliard”) and spotted a bag of marijuana through the window. After obtaining her consent to enter the room, police found the bag of marijuana. In order to avoid arrest, Hilliard offered to call her drug dealer and order drugs from him. Hilliard signed a confidential […]

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New Law Expands Protections for Municipalities in Premises Liability Lawsuits

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently signed into law an amendment to the Governmental Liability for Negligence Act. MCL 691.1402a. This statute describes the extent of municipal duties and liability in claims relating to sidewalk maintenance. Municipalities are required to maintain sidewalks in reasonable repair and are not liable for the failure to maintain sidewalks unless a plaintiff proves the municipality knew, or should have known, of the defective sidewalk more […]

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