February 17, 2019
Knowing the Rules of Discovery in Michigan
When a victim of someone else’s negligence files a lawsuit, there are specific rules and phases that every lawsuit must generally follow. The first step in the process is the filing of the Complaint. Next, one must serve the Complaint on the named Defendants or their agents. From there, the Michigan Court Rules and the Scheduling Order issued by the judge assigned to the claim control what the parties can do and when they can be done. The parameters change depending on case type, the attorneys, the assigned judge and the Court in which the lawsuit is pending; however, in almost every case, the initial phase of the lawsuit once all of the parties are served is called “Discovery”.
What is the Discovery Phase?
In the Discovery phase, the parties are allowed to gain information through several different means. In Michigan, parties are allowed to serve written questions on the opposing parties called Interrogatories. Interrogatories seek informati..
February 13, 2019
Accidental Injury Resulting from a Parked Motor Vehicle and No-Fault Personal Injury Benefits
On February 5, 2019, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued its Opinion in Guntzviller v City of Detroit, which reaffirms that in order for an individual to qualify for No-Fault Personal Injury Protection benefits, one’s injuries must arise out of “the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle as a motor vehicle” pursuant to MCL 500.3105(1). In Guntziller, the plaintiff was attempting to enter a City of Detroit bus when the bus driver recognized her a person “who previously had harassed other passengers on the bus.” The bus driver then closed the door in an attempt to prevent the plaintiff from boarding the bus. While the bus was stopped, a physical altercation ensued, and the plaintiff alleged to have sustained bodily injury as a result.
Plaintiff sought No-Fault Personal Injury Benefits from the City of Detroit and a lawsuit was ultimately filed. The case was dismissed foll..
February 7, 2019
Southfield Lawyer files $10 million wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Their Household of Theoddeus Gray
Southfield attorney files $10 million wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of Theoddeus Gray
Investigative materials gathered by the law firm of Moss & Colella paint a very different picture of the fatal shooting of Gray on Nov. 4 than that presented by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department; evidence suggests that the St. Clair Shores canine, “Axe” was killed by his own officers
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Southfield, Mich. — February 7, 2019 — A. Vince Colella, a civil rights and personal injury attorney with Southfield-based Moss & Colella, P.C., today announced that a $10 million lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family of Theoddeus Gray against the St. Clair Shores Police, the City of St. Clair Shores and the five police officers involved in Gray’s shooting death on November 4, 2018. St. Clair Shores police said at the time that Gray was shot because he produced a gun and killed a department K-9 p..