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Although it is "correct that fraud requires a plaintiff to show that a party 'reasonably' relied on a supposed misrepresentation," it is "wrong that such reasonable reliance imposes a duty on a plaintiff to perform 'an investigation of all assertions

The trial court acted correctly when it prevented defendant-White from suggesting to the jury that plaintiff-Associated Construction was obligated to investigate his assertions that he could pay for the renovation project. Thus, the court affirmed the jury verdict in favor of plaintiff. Associated Construction is a small construction business owed by the Ms. In 2008, White contacted the Ms, whom he had dealt with in a previous construction project, and asked them to renovate an office building in which his company, defendant-8800 Commerce, was a tenant. Commerce did not complete payments for the project. White informed the Ms in 12/08 that "he did not have the money to retire the debt, and also told them that he planned to go into bankruptcy." After prior appellate proceedings, a trial was conducted on Associated Construction's fraud claim against White. On appeal, White asked the court to reverse the jury's findings because "(1) Associated Construction's reliance on his supposed assurances was not 'reasonable,'; and (2) for this reason, the jury verdict form, which contained a definition of fraud that did not emphasize the necessity of showing 'reasonable' reliance, was erroneous." Associated Construction asked the court to uphold the ruling of the trial court, and repeated its argument that "White personally defrauded the company because he claimed he would personally pay for the costs of the renovation." The court held that although White was "correct that fraud requires a plaintiff to show that he 'reasonably' relied on a supposed misrepresentation," he was "wrong that such reasonable reliance imposes a duty on a plaintiff to perform 'an investigation of all assertions and representations made by [his] contracting partner[.]'" 

FAMILY LAW 83: A trial court can terminate a parent’s rights and permit a stepparent to adopt a child.

A trial court has discretion to terminate a parent’s rights and permit a stepparent to adopt a child when the conditions of MCL 710.51(6) are met. MCL 710.51(6)(b) requires the petitioner to establish that the other parent had the ability to visit, contact, or communicate with the children, and substantially failed or neglected to do so for a period of two years.

PROBATE 53: The trust agreement included an Incontestability Provision.

A settlor’s intent is to be carried out as nearly as possible. Generally, in terrorem clauses are valid and enforceable. However, a provision in a trust that purports to penalize an interested person for contesting the trust or instituting another proceeding relating to the trust shall not be given effect if probable cause exists for instituting a proceeding contesting the trust or another proceeding relating to the trust.

FAMILY LAW 82: Court stated it would terminate the personal protection order (PPO) after the parties present documentation of the initiation of the divorce proceedings.

However, the trial court concluded that these matters should, in fact, be in the province and the jurisdiction of the Family Division and in that respect, having issued a personal protection order, the Court stated it would terminate the personal protection order after the parties present documentation of the initiation of the divorce proceedings.

What to Do When Homeowners Insurance Denies Your Claim

Since 1955, homeowners insurance has helped owners protect their property and belongings against damages and theft. According to the Insurance Information Institute, over 93% of homeowners in the US have homeowners insurance coverage, paying around...

What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

Originally posted on 10/20/2017 If you are charged with a crime, you could face severe penalties that could include financial fines, public service, or even jail time. For those in the Michigan area, hiring an attorney experienced in...

PROBATE 51: Trust filed a petition to determine title to credit union account.

The probate court explained that the owners of the account are S and J. When S passes, J becomes the owner of the account. J is the one who had the authority to make the designation. Nowhere in any documents is there a designation by J that SJ be the owner -- or the beneficiary of the account. The designation made by his father was no longer binding because he was no longer the owner at the time J passed away.

Invoking Your Right to Remain Silent

Originally posted on 07/19/2017 While the “right to remain silent” represents one of your most inalienable rights, many people have a few misconceptions about how it works. Many people receive their understanding of this...

Arrests made by tracking cell phones may be illegal

Originally posted on 02/10/2017 Law enforcement agencies are always looking for an edge in fighting crime. As cell phones have become an indispensable part of life for many people, authorities have taken to using these devices to track...

Could I lose my job over a drunk driving arrest?

Originally posted on 01/20/2017 When potential clients ask us questions about criminal defense representation (particularly for drunk driving offenses) one of the most common is whether they will lose their job.  Naturally, this...

FAMILY LAW 77: Court awarded plaintiff sole legal custody; defendant was unwilling to work with plaintiff.

For joint custody to work, parents must be able to agree with each other on basic issues in child rearing including health care, religion, education, day to day decision making and discipline and they must be willing to cooperate with each other in joint decision making. If two equally capable parents are unable to cooperate and to agree generally concerning important decisions affecting the welfare of their children, the court has no alternative but to determine which parent shall have sole custody of the children.

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