Summary Disposition on behalf of client of the firm

Friday March 15, 2019

Lucas and Natasha Coon, individually, and as Next Friend of Jacoby Coon, a minor v David Ryan and Pamela Ryan and Dakryn Properties LLC

Matt Chapin successfully defended a negligence, nuisance, and silent fraud claim by obtaining a summary disposition on all three counts from Judge Matthew Stewart in Shiawassee County Circuit Court. Our clients leased a home to Plaintiffs, and Plaintiffs’ alleged that their minor child ingested lead from the paint in the home, which caused the child to suffer from various neurological and cognitive disorders. Plaintiffs were seeking millions of dollars in damages. Throughout discovery, we were able to establish that our clients complied with all requirements pursuant to The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. We were also able to establish that our client had no knowledge or notice of lead being in the home, and Plaintiffs failed to show that there was a defective condition in the home. We argued that Plaintiffs did not present any evidence to establish that our clients’ conduct fell below the applicable standard of care. The court agreed with our arguments and dismissed Plaintiffs’ case in its entirety.

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