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SMDA Partner wins 7 figure Verdict

While this blog is normally devoted to all things Long Term Disability, I wanted to give a shout out to my legal partner, Phil Serafini who obtained an outstanding result in a automobile no-fault case.

State Farm Leads in number of complaints for all Michigan No-Fault Insurers

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services released its list of complaint ratios for 2013 recently. Leading the pack by a wide margin, with 101 complaints, State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company had more than twice the volume of complaints than its nearest competitor. Although, to be fair, if you added up all of the complaints against Allstate and related entities it is pretty close. By my count there were (14+27+7+46=94) complaints against Allstate and Esurance.

SMDA PARTNER ATTENDS ACI LTD INSURANCE CONFERENCE IN NY

SMDA partner Patrick Derkacz recently attended the America Conference Institute's Long Term Disability Insurance Seminar in New York City. The two day conference was attended by some of the top practitioners in the Long Term Disability Insurance Arena.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Publishes article "Long term Disability Insurance and ERISA" written by SMDA Partner

Michigan Lawyers Weekly recently published an article "Long term Disability Insurance and ERISA" written by SMDA Partner, Patrick Derkacz. Following is an excerpt from the article.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young Favors Insurance Company over the Injured Worker

Justice Robert Young is up for re-election in November. Each and every worker in the State of Michigan should remember his decision in the recent Alderman v. J.C. Development Communities case.

Does a parent's life have value for a child? (A Thorn in the side of the Gang of Three)

Recently, the new majority of 4 Michigan Supreme Court Justices upheld a decision by the Court of Appeals in Thorn v Mercy Memorial Hospital. In Thorn, a mother of young children died as a result of a medical error. When the family sued the defendant's argued that the children could not recover any of the economic cost of paying to try and replace the services that their mother would have provided during their lifetime. The Court of Appeals rejected this argument.

More Supreme Court-Candidate Falesly claims WSJ Ranking

Justice Taylor Falsely Claims Wall Street Journal Backing
In what turns out to be a desperate campaign strategy, Justice Taylor has been claiming that the Wall Street Journal said the Michigan Supreme Court under his leadership is the best in the nation.

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