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4
Apr

Theresa Bodwin Secures Motion for Summary Disposition in First-Party No-Fault Action

Theresa Bodwin
On February 17, 2017, a Macomb County Circuit Court judge granted a motion for summary disposition brought by associate Theresa Bodwin, dismissing a lawsuit in favor of a valued insurance company client. The plaintiff sought first-party no-fault benefits under a policy issued by Everest National [...]
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31
Mar

Amy Applin, Jim Wright, and Adam Post Obtain Rare Peremptory Reversal to Dismiss First-Party No-Fault Claim

Amy Applin
When a policyholder misrepresents where an insured vehicle is garaged, the insurance carrier is entitled to void the policy ab initio and properly deny coverage for any first-party no-fault benefits. This was the ruling that ZAC shareholders Amy Applin and Jim Wright and associate Adam Post recently[...]
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29
Mar

Marc McDonald Secures Another No-Cause Jury Verdict in Livingston County Auto Negligence Trial

Marc McDonald
On January 25, 2017, ZAC shareholder Marc McDonald, with assistance from associate Kaitlyn Cramer, obtained a rare no-cause verdict from a Livingston County Circuit Court jury in a case alleging third-party automobile negligence. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was riding his bicycle in A[...]
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14
Mar

Michael Schwartz Uncovers Multiple Instances of Fraud to Obtain Summary Disposition in Two-Year No-Fault Case

Michael Schwartz
On February 27, 2017, ZAC attorney Michael Schwartz persuaded a Wayne County Circuit Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking no-fault PIP benefits based on overwhelming evidence of the plaintiff’s fraud. According to the suit, the plaintiff sustained an injury to his lumbar spine and right leg[...]
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9
Mar

Meet the Rising Stars Among Our Super Women Lawyers!

Super Lawyers Rising Stars
The March edition of Hour Detroit Magazine featured a special section listing Super Lawyers’ Top Women Lawyers in our area, including “Rising Stars” from Zausmer, August & Caldwell. The five ZAC lawyers on this Rising Stars list are shareholder Andrea M. Johnson, associate Janetta A. Ks[...]
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7
Mar

Marc McDonald and Cristy DeVos Successfully Defend Non-Profit Over Alleged Bus Driver Negligence

Marc McDonald
On February 17, 2017, ZAC shareholder Marc McDonald and associate Cristy DeVos obtained a no cause verdict from an Oakland County jury after less than two hours of deliberation. The plaintiff claimed she was injured while attempting to board a bus operated by our client, a local non-profit. The t[...]
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3
Mar

Michael Schwartz Proves Material Misrepresentation in Insurance Policy Application to Obtain Dismissal of First-Party PIP Claim

Michael Schwartz
In Michigan, the law is clear: an insurer is entitled to rescind a policy and declare it void ab initio when an insured makes a material misrepresentation in an insurance application. But how does rescission of a policy differ from cancellation? On February 22, 2017, ZAC attorney Michael Schwartz[...]
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7
Feb

Zausmer, August & Caldwell Names April Moore and Bryan Padgett Elected Shareholders

April Moore ZAC
We are pleased to announce that April E. Moore and Bryan R. Padgett have been made shareholders in the firm. April and Bryan are both talented litigators who deliver outstanding results and represent the next generation of exceptional lawyers at ZAC. Our clients have come to rely on them, and the[...]
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12
Jan

ZAC Attorneys Win Rare Interlocutory Appeal in Apartment Complex Premises Liability Lawsuit

Cinnamon Rice
What is the “intended use” of an apartment complex parking lot and what statutory duty does the landlord owe to clear ice and snow from the lot to make it fit for tenants’ use? Attorneys from ZAC recently addressed these questions in their defense of a premises liability case, securing an appe[...]
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16
Dec

Amy Applin and Jason Baas Combine for Another Appellate Victory for SMART

Jason Baas
ZAC shareholders Amy Applin and Jason Baas are proving to be a formidable team on behalf of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), one of our most valued clients. In October, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion dismissing a lawsuit brought by a passenger [...]
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