Category: Best Practices

March 17, 2008

Reprint of Steven M. Gursten’s Letter to Michigan Lawyers Weekly Rarely does the Michigan Lawyers Weekly completely miss the point of an important case, but I feel compelled to respectfully suggest that your recent story on Benefiel v. Auto Owners Insurance Company1 did exactly this. Benefiel is the most important automobile negligence case to be …

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February 22, 2008

There is a new auto new insurance company delay tactic in Michigan.Claims adjusters are putting innocent people “under investigation” to avoid or delay paying auto no fault insurance PIP benefits.These are lawful, reasonable, no fault claims made by people that were injured in Michigan car accidents.This blog explores how and why illegal delay tactics work …

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February 1, 2008

I was interviewed today by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly about an important new auto accident decision released December 27, 2007, called Benefiel v. Auto Owners Insurance Company. For Michigan lawyers who litigate automobile accident cases, this is the first case to analyze what the Michigan Supreme Court meant when it wrote in Kreiner v. Fischer …

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December 6, 2007

Judges, you’ve got this Kreiner case all wrong. We need to take another look at this “threshold creep” in Michigan’s auto accident threshold law, where each “Kreiner casualty” seems worse than the last. We have to look at some of these decisions, cases like Jones v. Jones or Gagne v. Schulte, that are leading to …

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October 25, 2007

On October 4, 2007, I spoke at the ICLE No Fault Update Seminar in Plymouth, Michigan. My topic this year was “The Plaintiff Lawyers Perspective on Insurance and Defense Medical Examinations,” and in particular to discuss the recent case of Muci v. State Farm, 478 Mich 178 (2007). I was also asked to talk about …

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