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Appellate Court Nixes “Innocent Third-Party Rule” In PIP Cases Involving Fraud

Appellate Court Nixes “Innocent Third-Party Rule” In PIP Cases Involving Fraud

The “innocent third-party rule” in Michigan no longer exists in cases of insurance fraud — at least until the state Legislature decides to create such a rule, the Michigan Court of Appeals announced in Bazzi v Sentinel Ins Co (Docket No. 320518). As a result, innocent third parties, including medical providers who treat persons injured […]

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Posted in: Auto No-Fault Insurance, Michigan Auto Law, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan No-Fault Act, Michigan Supreme Court

Crucial Medical Provider Reimbursement Case Heads To Michigan Supreme Court

Crucial Medical Provider Reimbursement Case Heads To Michigan Supreme Court

Can hospitals, doctors and other medical service providers file their own lawsuits against no-fault insurers, seeking payment for services they’ve rendered to persons injured in car crashes? If so, can these treatment providers protect their right to reimbursement by sending written notice to no-fault insurers of their intent to collect payment on their own? By granting leave to appeal […]

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Posted in: Auto No-Fault Insurance, Michigan Auto Law, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan No-Fault Act, Michigan Supreme Court, No-Fault Benefits

A Stitch in Time: Supreme Court Softens the One-Year Notice Rule in PIP Cases

A Stitch in Time: Supreme Court Softens the One-Year Notice Rule in PIP Cases

There’s nothing that rattles a lawyer’s nerves like an impending statute of limitations deadline. And there aren’t many statutes of limitations that come sooner than one year. It’s no wonder, then, that lawyers who handle no-fault cases frequently find themselves a bit jittery due to the one-year notice rule and/or the one-year back rule. Statutes […]

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Posted in: Auto No-Fault Insurance, Michigan Auto Law, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan No-Fault Act, Michigan Supreme Court, No-Fault Benefits

Michigan Supreme Court Affirms Mind-Body Connection

Michigan Supreme Court Affirms Mind-Body Connection

Holding that personal injury claims may also include emotional and psychological damages means is also significant in the Michigan no-fault context. Find out why. With summer almost here, the holidays seem like a long time ago;  but late last December, while most of us were buying presents, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a major decision […]

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Posted in: Michigan Auto Law, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan No-Fault Act, Michigan Supreme Court

Be Wary of Those Calling for No-Fault “Reform”

Be Wary of Those Calling for No-Fault “Reform”

Often, those no-fault “reforms” will do more harm than good for those who could benefit from no-fault the most: each and everyone one of us. While another week has gone by without any legislative action on Michigan no-fault reform, specifically SB 248, a version of which is now stalled on the House floor, the issue […]

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Posted in: Auto No-Fault Insurance, Auto No-Fault Reform, Grand Rapids, Michigan, MCCA, Michigan Auto Law, Michigan No-Fault Act, Michigan Supreme Court, No-Fault Benefits

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