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Reason 1 to defeat Justice Robert Young, Jr. for re-election to Michigan Supreme Court: Big bias toward personal injury victims

October 7, 2010 by Steven M. Gursten

Personal injury lawyer stresses that Young consistently voted against accident victims and puts special interest before the safety of Michigan families

Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., who is running in November for reelection to another 8-year term on the Michigan Supreme Court, votes against personal injury victims more than three times as much as he votes for them, according to research conducted by our personal injury lawyers.

During his 11 years on the Michigan Supreme Court, Young, a Republican who was appointed to the court by former Republican Governor John M. Engler, participated in 237 published opinions involving personal injury lawsuits.

In 182 of those cases (77 percent), Young cast votes that hurt personal injury victims. His anti-victim bias is extensive and covers many areas of personal injury law:

o Young voted against car accident victims in 82 percent of cases.
o He voted to deny relief to victims of governmental negligence in 82 percent of cases.
o Young voted against victims of unfair treatment by their employers in 78 percent of cases.
o In 76 percent of cases, Young voted against workers who had been injured on the job.
o And, Young voted to deny relief to patients who had been injured by doctors in 69 percent of cases.

Other notable areas of personal injury law where Young has stacked the deck against personal injury victims are:

o Product liability – Young voted against victims 100 percent of the time.
o Premises liability – Young voted against victims in 79 percent of cases.
o Construction accidents – Injury victims have a 67 percent losing streak before Young.

Justice Young cannot be trusted to protect Michigan residents

As a member of the Michigan Supreme Court, a justice is in a rare and powerful position. He or she has a significant say in making the law that applies to all of Michigan’s residents, including, but not limited to the victims of car accidents, tyrannical employers, negligent governmental agencies and employees, and careless doctors.

But, precisely because of its importance, a justice’s power can only be entrusted to a justice who has demonstrated he or she can be trusted.

During his 11 years on the court, Young has demonstrated just the opposite. In 77 percent of the personal injury lawsuits he participated in between 1999 and 2010, Young heaped insult on top of injury by consistently and predictably voting against accident victims.

Such a bias cannot be tolerated and neither should it be rewarded by sending Young back to the Michigan Supreme Court for another 8-year term.

Instead, Young’s anti- victim bias should be the driving force that sends people into the voting booths this November to choose his replacement.

Vote for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Alton T. Davis and Judge Denise Langford Morris

On August 1, 2010, Michigan’s auto accident law (previously the nation’s harshest) was changed, and important legal rights were restored to thousands of Michigan residents. If Young is re-elected those important legal rights – as well as the numerous others mentioned above – are in danger of being lost.

In August, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned McCormick v. Carrier. In McCormick, the injured plaintiff Rodney McCormick was seriously injured by a negligent driver, underwent two major surgeries and missed 19 months from work. His case was thrown out because the court found he was not injured seriously enough!

Justice Robert Young, and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth Kelly (who is also running for the Court) have both said that they will, if elected, return Michigan’s auto law back to its previous draconian ways, and that people like Rodney McCormick should not have a constitutional right to legal recourse — or even the right to a jury trial.

That’s why we believe you should vote to re-elect Justice Alton T. Davis, and vote to elect Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris to the Michigan Supreme Court. They are the best choice for Michigan accident victims and the best choice for Michigan.

Tell your friends and family to complete the ballot in November. If you’re ever injured, your rights and the rights of those you care for may depend on it.

* For more about Justice Robert P. Young Jr.’s “personal injury” voting record and the cases he has participated in, see Michigan Auto Law’s Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.: History Of Voting Against Personal Injury Victims.

Steve Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top personal injury lawyers handling serious car and truck accident cases and insurance No-Fault litigation. Steve speaks and writes extensively on Michigan’s auto accident laws and is available for comment on the upcoming Michigan Supreme Court race.

This blog was authored by Steve Gursten and Todd Berg, esq.

More blogs about Justice Young:

Tea Party should vote against Justice Robert Young for the Michigan Supreme Court

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young: Voted last among judges and personal injury attorney but first with special interest cash

Related information:

McCormick v. Carrier and its effect on Michigan Auto Law requirements

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