The short answer is yes. In Michigan, thee elements of the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress are (1) extreme and outrageous conduct, (2) intent or recklessness, (3) causation, and (4) severe emotional distress. Whether you can recover such damages in any particular case turns on many factors, particularly the underlying facts.
Governmental immunity often complicates or precludes suits against public schools and officials. Whether you can assert a claim in your circumstances, and, if so, whom you may wish to name as defendants largely will turn on the law in your particular state. You should confer with a plaintiff attorney in your area, particularly one with experience in areas such as negligence, libel, slander, and civil rights.
In order to have a claim, someone generally needs to make a false and defamatory statement of fact to others that injures your reputation. It's not clear whether your boss told anyone other than you about your allegedly smoking marijuana and whether any harm to you resulted from the statement. Most probably you do not have any basis for a claim. But you may wish to consult with an attorney in your area, particularly because the time frame for asserting a defamation claim generally is short --...
Generally speaking, in Michigan, a retraction demand impacts the type of damages that a plaintiff can recover, not the timing of when the case must be filed. You should confer with a Michigan attorney about your particular situation.
Here is a pertinent statutory provision in Michigan related to your question:
MCLA 600.2911(2)(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), in actions based on libel or slander the plaintiff is entitled to recover only for the actual damages which he or she...
You should confer with an attorney in southeast Michigan about your options, which include making a claim with your auto insurance carrier for the damage to your vehicle and a claim against the utility responsible for not timely repairing the downed wire.
Thomas H. Howlett
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A one-third contingent fee is a fairly standard fee arrangement in personal injury cases in Michigan. It also is the maximum allowable under Michigan Court Rules established by the Michigan Supreme Court. In addition, the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct require the fee charged to be reasonable.
Firms and clients to agree to other arrangements, including contingent fees of less than one-third and hourly charges.
Expenses incurred pursuing the...
Colleges, universities, and technical schools that systematically misrepresent the services available to students and graduates -- including, for example, the availability of clinical sites required for program completion -- can be the subject of class action claims. My firm has pursued several class actions against such entities, including one case involving the unavailability of clinical sites near to the students in its program. If you would like to discuss your particular situation, feel...
If a large class action has settled via mediation, the Court will have a determining role with regard to deciding whether any proposed distribution is fair and reasonable under the circumstances. You should attempt to determine the deadline for filing objections to the settlement, and the date of the Court's so-called fairness hearing, and then you may wish to confer with an attorney about your specific concerns about the proposed distribution and how best to communicate them to the Court...
I am very sorry for your loss. You most certainly should have an attorney review the pertinent records and facts relating to your father's passing to assist you in assessing whether you can assert a wrongful death claim arising from medical malpractice. Based on the limited information that you have shared, it appears that a medical mistake may have been made during colon surgery that led to complications that caused your father's death. Importantly, even if the bowel perforation itself was...
Yes. Selecting an attorney with whom you are comfortable and in whom you have confidence is critical. Interviewing more than one attorney is entirely appropriate.
Thomas H. Howlett