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March 31, 2014 is opening day for the Detroit Tigers! Since many Michiganders will be hitting their own fields to play baseball, we wanted to talk about the assumption of risk doctrine as a defense to certain civil law claims. First, let’s define the assumption of the risk doctrine: Participants in sporting activities are assumed

I always enjoy finding laws that people don’t know about, or that people just don’t talk much about. Today’s interesting law is about funeral processions and their legal right of way – this is a law out of respect for the dead and the mourning: Sec. 654. (1) A motor vehicle forming part of a

Well, considering Michigan just got slammed with yet another snowstorm that I had the pleasure of shoveling, I figured it would be entirely relevant to talk about Michigan’s landlord-tenant laws. More specifically, how landlord-tenant law applies to snow removal. Who should shovel? This might seem like a silly question, but remembering that America honors the freedom

Landlord Tenant Tort Liability

Thursday, 06 February 2014 by

When someone owns a property, they have a responsibility to make sure it’s reasonably safe for others to use, and that includes landlords. If a visitor, guest, or tenant gets hurt because of unsafe conditions that were caused by negligence, a concept called premises liability comes into play and it can be used to hold

If you’re driving along and hit a deer, then why shouldn’t you be able to take it? It’s likely caused injury to your car, and unfortunately it would be hard to collect a judgment against a deer for a Michigan negligence claim. But is it legal to do this under Michigan law? In September 2014,

FAQs About Michigan Snowmobile Laws

Thursday, 14 November 2013 by

Keeping to our wintery themed blogs this week, we want to answer some common questions about Michigan snowmobile laws. How is a Snowmobile Defined? This might seem like a silly question, but it’s important to understand what exactly is considered a snowmobile under Michigan law. A snowmobile is defined, according to our legislature, as any motor-driven vehicle

Police in Lansing are pulling people over on I-96 looking for seat belt violations, speeding, and ensuring that everyone is moving over. Why move over?

Because it’s the law.

What’s the Move Over Law?

Michigan’s Move Over law is about giving emergency vehicles their right of way. People who fail to pull onto the shoulder or merge into the outside lane can be subject to penalties under the law.

Nearly 3 million people are injured in an automobile-related accident every year. That amounts to an accident every minute! A staggering amount of those injuries are a result of people driving while intoxicated. According to MADD, almost every hour, someone’s life is taken as a result of a drunk driver.

If you’ve been injured because someone else was driving drunk, then follow the Goodwin & Scieszka 5 steps.

Sue Your Credit Report Company?

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 by

Julie Miller from Marion County Oregon successfully sued Equifax, but only after years of trying to get Equifax to correct the incorrect information that was listed on her credit report.

What was incorrectly listed, you’re probably wondering? Julie’s social security number for one, and there were false collection accounts. Equifax demanded that Julie take up the issues with her creditors, and after years of arguing that the disputes never existed, she sued in federal court.

$18.6 million was award to Julie Miller! And while the company is likely going to appeal the ruling, it’s a wake-up call to an industry where 1 in 20 Americans have errors listed on their credit reports.

There’s nothing more nostalgic than sitting around a summer campfire. And as more people hit Michigan’s many camping spots this summer, we want to raise awareness in an effort to reduce fire-related injuries.

Before you begin, you’re going to need to collect your tinder and wood. Collect only as much as you need. If you are entertaining a large group, then you’re going to need bigger logs for a lengthier burn. If you’re merely cooking dinner, then get smaller logs.

Building a fire only as big as your specific needs significantly reduces the likelihood of an unfortunate bonfire injury.

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