Hamade v Garza: Court of Appeals Upholds Dog Bite Victim’s Case Against Landlord

The Michigan Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Hamade v Garzarepresents a positive development for Michigan plaintiffs who are victims of dog attacks. In fact, the case could benefit plaintiffs outside the context of dog bites.

Hamade deals with a landlord’s liability when a tenant’s dog attacks and injures an individual. In Michigan, both statute and common law govern the liability of an owner of a dog. However, any action against a landlord who is not the owner of the dog is governed by the common law standard of reasonable care, which requires an individual to act in a way so ...

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Stephen Sinas Argues Price v High Pointe Oil Company Before the Michigan Supreme Court

Steve Sinas - Michigan Supreme CourtOn Thursday, November 15, 2012, Stephen Sinas argued the case ofPrice v High Pointe Oil Company before the Michigan Supreme Court.  Jim Graves and Stephen Sinas have represented Beckie Price as a result of an incident that occurred on November 17, 2007, in which High Pointe Oil Company negligently released 400 gallons of fuel oil directly into the basement of Ms. Price’s home in DeWitt, Michigan.  As a result of the incident, Ms. Price was ...

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The Affordable Care Act and what it Means for Michigan

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, and was most recently upheld in large part by the United States Supreme Court in National Federation of Independent Businesses v Sebelius. On the simplest level, the goal of the Act is to ensure that Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Because this new plan will have a substantial impact on all of us, we’d like to provide you with some highlights of what the Affordable Care Act offers, and ...

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Obtains $3 Million Settlement for Slain War Veteran

The Sinas Dramis Law Firm has recently obtained a $3 million settlement stemming from the 2005 wrongful shooting death of Ionia County resident Fred Bletz, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.  Mr. Bletz was shot and killed in his own home on March 4, 2005, by members of the Ionia County Sherriff’s Department, when their failure to follow proper police procedure proved fatal.

On the evening of March 4, 2005, while Fred and his wife Kitti Bletz were fast asleep, Ionia County Sheriff’s deputies Travis Gribble and Brent Denny set out to execute a misdemeanor traffic warrant for the arrest ...

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People’s Law School

The People’s Law School seeks to educate Michigan’s public about the legal system that governs our lives by providing them affordable access to some of the most well-known attorneys and legal experts in Michigan.  The Sinas Dramis Law Firm, in association with the Michigan Association for Justice and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, is once again pleased to sponsor the 2012 session of the People’s Law School.

The program, which has existed and operated in various forms throughout the state since 1978, allows private citizens an opportunity to learn about key areas of the law, and to ask questions of ...

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Supreme Court Ruling Further Limits “Special Aspects” Exception

A recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court may have a negative impact on the ability of Michigan’s citizens to recover for injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents. In the case of Hoffner v Lanctoe,the Michigan Supreme Court held that ice leading up to the only entrance of a fitness center was avoidable because the plaintiff was not “absolutely compelled” to confront it, and therefore Michigan’s open and obvious doctrine prevented the plaintiff from recovering for her injuries.

The Hoffner decision couldhave a significant impact on the rights of individuals in Michigan and may mean increased danger to Michigan ...

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