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Volume XXIV, No. 7, May 16, 2012     

From the Law Offices of Garan Lucow Miller, P.C.

From the Co-Editors

James L. Borin & Simeon R. Orlowski

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ONE YEAR BACK MEANS ONE YEAR BACK

Supreme Court Overrules U of M v Titan and Reinstates Cameron v ACIA

CONTRIBUTOR – SIMEON R. ORLOWSKI

 

On May 15, 2012, the Michigan Supreme Court handed down a major decision dealing with Michigan’s No-Fault Act. Joseph v ACIA, ____ Mich ____ (2012), Docket # 142615, overruled Regents of the University of Michigan v Titan, 487 Mich 289 (2010) and reinstated Cameron v ACIA, 476 Mich 55 (2006).

The Supreme Court had granted ACIA’s bypass application to determine whether the minority/insanity tolling provision of MCLA 600.5851(1) applied to toll the One Year Back Rule of MCLA 500.3145(1). The Supreme Court answered that question:

We once again hold the minority/insanity tolling provision, which addresses only when an action may be brought, does not preclude the application of the One Year Back Rule, which separately limits the amount of benefits that can be recovered.

In June 1977, the plaintiff, who was only 17 at the time, was involved in a motor vehicle accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury and quadriplegia. The defendant had paid more than $4 million dollars in PIP benefits since the date of the accident.

On February 27, 2009, the plaintiff filed a complaint seeking additional no-fault benefits for allegedly unpaid case management services provided by the plaintiff’s family members dating back to 1977. The defense moved for a partial summary disposition pursuant to the One Year Back Rule arguing that the plaintiff’s claim for benefits was limited to the period beginning February 27, 2008, the date one year before suit was filed. The plaintiff responded to that motion by claiming that her “insanity” over the past 32 years had operated to toll the One Year Back Rule.

The Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff’s position and adopted the defense position.

The Supreme Court cited the following language from the dissent in U of M v Titan:

. . . it is clear that while a political subdivision may bring an action at any time, it cannot recover benefits for any portion of the loss incurred more than 1 year before the date on which the action was commenced. In other words, MCL 600.5821(4), which pertains only to when an action may be commenced, does not preclude the application of the one year back rule, which only limits how much can be recovered after the action has been commenced. 487 Mich, 289, 339.

The Supreme Court distinguished between when an action may be brought and the amount of benefits that can be recovered.

In conclusion, MCLA 600.5851(1) and MCLA 600.5821(4) can operate to allow minors, the insane and the State of Michigan to provide written notice of injury more than 1 year after the date of the accident. However, regardless of when suit is actually filed, the One Year Back Rule contained in 3145(1) operates to limit recovery to those losses incurred within 1 year before the date suit is filed.

 

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