of us are rightly saying we have never seen anything like this before, there
have been pandemics and the law does remember them and record what happened
during them. Many of the legal issues
that will be raised in the coming months and years arising out of the closures
caused by the Coronavirus are not “unprecedented” – at least not in the common
law. In fact,...
Recently, the Michigan Court of
Appeals addressed three issues commonly raised in shareholder oppression or
member oppression actions: (1) whether a plaintiff must prove that the
defendant intentionally engaged in unfair and oppressive conduct; (2) whether a
court can order a specific remedy for the plaintiff on the plaintiff’s motion
for summary disposition; and (3) whether valuations of a...
practitioners are now aware, effective January 1, 2020, the Michigan Court
Rules regarding discovery have been amended, changing them significantly. One of the key changes has been to the
“scope” of discovery. Previously, the
Michigan Court Rules provided that the scope of discovery had two limits placed
on it: (1) the discovery had to be “relevant to the subject matter...
Jennifer Cupples has joined Altior Law as its newest associate. Since
graduating from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2009, Jennifer
has gained over a decade of experience handling complex commercial litigation,
product liability and business law matters, real estate transactions, and
estate planning/probate matters. Jennifer
began her practice of law at a...
Altior Law obtained a significant and exceptional victory for its client in December 2019 – an order granting a motion to set aside a jury verdict. Following a June 2018 judgment, based on a jury verdict that imposed liability on its client, in June 2019, Altior Law filed a motion to set aside the judgment based on fraud or other misconduct of a party. The factual basis for the...
On February 27, 2020, Jennifer Grieco spoke to the attendees at the Mid-Michigan Risk Management Association’s Workshop in Lansing, Michigan. Jennifer’s topic was Civility and she spoke regarding the efforts taken by the State Bar of Michigan to improve civility in the legal profession and how those efforts and lessons could be applied to improve civility in the workplace.
The Michigan State Bar Foundation
and the State Bar of Michigan recognized Altior Law as one of less than fifty Leadership
Firms in the 2018 Access to Justice Campaign. The Bar Foundation and State Bar recognized
Altior Law for its contributions to “ensure access and fairness for all in
Michigan’s justice system.” Altior Law’s donations are just one of the concrete
steps it takes to...
By Matthew Smith Notices
of non-party fault are common and frequently lead to multi-defendant,
multi-tiered litigation. After a
plaintiff asserts one or more claims against a defendant, MCR 2.112(K)(3)(a)
requires defendant to file a notice identifying any non-party the defendant
believes “is wholly or partially at fault.” The notice “must be filed within 91
days after the party...
The Women’s Bar Association presented Jennifer Grieco with
is 2019 Evelyn Forrest Distinguished Advocate Award in a ceremony held on May
30, 2019 in Birmingham. In her remarks
accepting the award, Jennifer focused on the many challenges that women have overcome
in gaining a foothold in the male-dominated legal profession and the many
challenges that still remain before women can...
By Stephen McKenney The Michigan Supreme Court recently clarified the standard
for evaluating motions for summary disposition based on the plaintiff’s failure
to state a claim for relief (i.e., MCR 2.116(C)(8)). The July 10, 2019 opinion in El-Khalil
v Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. (Docket No. 157846)
made two important holdings regarding how trial courts should evaluate: (1)