May 18, 2017
Volume XXIX, No. 10

 

SUPREME COURT GRANTS LEAVE TO APPEAL IN BAZZI V SENTINEL INSURANCE – WILL REVIEW WHETHER INNOCENT THIRD PARTY RULE APPLIES IN PIP CASES

 By Caryn A. Ford

In June 2016, we reported to you that the Michigan Court of Appeals, in Bazzi v Sentinel Insurance Co, 315 Mich App 763 (2016), abrogated the innocent third party rule for PIP cases. In reaching this decision, the Court of Appeals found that when an insurer is entitled to void its policy as to its insured because the policy was procured by fraud, the insurer is not obligated to pay no-fault PIP benefits to an innocent third party. The Michigan Supreme Court has now issued an order granting leave to appeal this decision. The Supreme Court will decide whether abrogation of the innocent third party rule applies for PIP cases. Most likely, there will not be a decision on this issue until early 2018.

Caryn is a Shareholder in our Detroit Office. She can be reached at 313.446.1530 or cford@garanlucow.com

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Sarah Nadeau, Editor of the Law Fax Publication,

is a Shareholder in our Detroit Office.

Sarah can be reached at 313.446.1530 or snadeau@garanlucow.com

 

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