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Michigan attorney solicitation bills pass House Committee

September 13, 2013 by Steven M. Gursten

Lawyer Steven Gursten on WJRW Michigan Morning Radio, gives update on HB 4771-4770

Steven Gursten was interviewed as an attorney expert on the WJRW Michigan Morning Radio Show, hosted by Steve Gruber. Gursten gave the West Michigan radio station, which syndicates to 15 other stations, an update on legislation that would stop attorneys from gaining access to auto accident victim’s police reports and then contacting them to drum up business.

You can listen to the full radio interview here:

The current law allows injury lawyers, health care providers and other groups to download and access UD-10 police reports from recent car accidents, and then contact the victims by phone calls and mail.

But change may be on the way. Yesterday, the Michigan House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee voted House Bills 4770 and 4771 out of committee by a near unanimous vote.

HB 4770-71 would prohibit attorneys and third parties from accessing auto accident victims’ police reports and contacting them within the first 30 days following the crash in efforts to solicit them as clients.

Punishments for violating the rules include up to two years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Related information:

Legislation to stop ambulance chasing lawyers gets green light from House Committee

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