Patrick Johnson & Mott, P.C. – Significant Cases

Rizka v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171076 (Dec. 23, 2015)
Fraud and judicial estoppel as a matter of law based on previous bankruptcy claim.

Sinkfield v. State Farm Ins., 580 Fed. Appx. 323 (2014), cert. den. 136 S. Ct. 124; 193 L. Ed. 2d 97 (2015).
Fraud as a matter of based on previous bankruptcy claim

Jimkoski v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 247 Fed. Appx. 654 (2007)
First-Party No-Fault Benefits. Claims of fraud, bad faith, attorney fees and imposing of the one-year back rule.

Stampley v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 23 Fed. Appx. 467 (2001)
Property insurance coverage. Work-Product privilege of fire expert’s report.

Yeo v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Ins. Co., 242 Mich. App. 483 (2000).
Property insurance coverage. Suit limitations provisions and tolling issues.

Randolph v. State Farm Fire & Cas., 229 Mich. App. 102 (1998).
Property insurance coverage. Statutory and contractual first-party suit limitation provisions

Kass v. Wolf, 212 Mich. App. 600 (1995).
Property insurance coverage. Rights and interest of land contract holders.

O-So Detroit v. Home Ins. Co., 973 F.2d 498 (1992).
Commercial property insurance coverage. Elements of civil arson defense, jury instructions re: replacement cost coverage.

Smith v. Michigan Basic Property Ins. Ass’n, 441 Mich 181 (1992).
Property insurance coverage. Replacement cost benefits, and motives for arson and fraud.

Halls Janitorial v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 1987 U.S. App. LEXIS 15161 (6th Cir. Nov. 17, 1987).
Commercial property insurance coverage. Burden of proof, (fraud) and arson.

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Barnes v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., 623 F. Supp. 538 (1985).
Property insurance coverage. Non-compliance with proof of loss requirements.

Mav of Mich. Inc. v. American Ins. Co., 289 F. Supp. 2d 873 (2003).
Commercial property insurance coverage. Property entrustment and dishonest and criminal acts exclusions.

Helsel v. Farm Bur. Ins. Co., 2006 Mich. App. LEXIS 1719 (May 23, 2006)
Property insurance coverage. No tort of bad faith breach of an insurance policy.

Allen Liquor, Inc. v. United States Fid. & Guar. Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56937 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 6, 2007).
Commercial property insurance coverage. Employee dishonesty exclusion.

Van Dyke Liquor Mkt. v. Mich. Basic Prop. Ins. Ass’n, 2008 Mich. App. LEXIS 2094, 2008 WL 4274675 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2008).
Commercial property insurance coverage. Proof of loss and establishment of damages.

Dowadait v. State Farm Mut. Ins. Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50889 (E.D. Mich. June 17, 2009).
First-Party No-Fault Benefits. Fraud claim regarding availability of No-Fault benefits.

Brothers v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89811 (E.D. Mich., Aug 31, 2010).
Property insurance coverage. Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act and claims of discrimination based on race, gender and ethnicity.

Bernert v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43549 (E.D. Mich. March 29, 2012).
Property insurance coverage. Michigan’s basic property insurance statutes replacement cost coverages.

Acorn Inv. Co. v. Mich. Basic Prop. Ins. Ass’n, 2012 Mich. App. LEXIS 2377, 2012 WL 7802784 (Mich. Ct. App. Nov. 27, 2012).
Property insurance coverage. Case Evaluation Sanctions and appraisal.

Jim Bob, Inc. v. Mehling, 178 Mich App 71 (1989).
Commercial lease, statute of frauds, tortious interference with a business relationship.

Allen v. Michigan Basic Prop. Ins. Co., 249 Mich. App. 66 (2001).
Property insurance coverage. Non-compliance with examination under oath and other loss requirements. Fifth Amendment rights under U.S. and State Constitutions.

Bruinsma v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 410 F. Supp. 2d 628 (2006).
National Flood Insurance Act. Strict compliance with proof of loss requirements.

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