Robert E. Forrest publishes Detroit Deceit, a work of legal fiction

In Detroit Deceit, Alex Drew is a hard-working criminal defense attorney in Detroit, practicing in federal court. After successfully defending the scion of a rich Detroit family in one federal case marred by prosecutorial misconduct, Drew is thrust into the defense of his client in a second complicated criminal tax and money laundering case involving a former secretary to a Catholic order and a Diocesan priest. Before he can do so, however, he must defend his childhood friend, now an ATF special agent who is caught in a web of racial and government politics.

As Drew labors to help his friend and win the case for his client honorably, he is drawn into an on-going federal investigation of city-wide corruption. While Drew fashions a skillful defense and acquittal is possible, his efforts are undermined by his own client. At the end of the exhausting trial, Drew is not able to affirm that the “system works” but must conclude that “justice is done.”

Robert E. Forrest on “The Law Show” 04/11/15

96Robert E. Forrest has extensive experience in litigating civil and criminal tax controversies with the federal and state governments, as well as the litigation of complex commercial disputes. He also has participated in numerous administrative and regulatory investigations involving other agencies of the federal and state governments.

Robert primarily represents both large and small corporations, their officers, and business professionals in difficult tax and criminal matters.

Robert previously served as a trial attorney for the Criminal Section, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., from 1975 until 1981, where he was responsible for reviewing and prosecuting criminal tax cases throughout the country. He received an Outstanding Attorney Award from the Justice Department’s Tax Division in 1979.

Robert is the author of many articles and publications, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Taxation at the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law.  He also was named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters and a Michigan “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness magazine.

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Michigan Supreme Court must hear no-fault FOIA case

Michigan-Supreme-CourtKathy Hoekstra is right on the money with her suggestion that the Michigan Supreme Court has an opportunity to allow the People of Michigan to learn whether the Michigan Auto No Fault Insurance Companies running the MCCA are good stewards of the money they have collected from its insureds or whether they are playing politics and using “fuzzy math” as a way to gin up false concerns and advocate the turn around the Michigan No Fault Auto Insurance Plan that was a adopted as a part of a “Grand Bargain” in the early 1970s in Michigan.

A common criticism of the current system is that hospitals, doctors and other medical providers charge more for services to victims of auto crashes than to other patients covered by traditional health insurance. What often is lost in that criticism is that under traditional health insurance, payments are more often than not paid quickly and without the need for attorneys to represent the injured parties or medical providers. If there is any blame to be laid for the discrepancy in charges for the same medical services that blame is properly laid at the door step of the Michigan No Fault Automobile Insurance Companies for their inexcusable delays in making payments to the medical providers and injured parties. It is often my experience that even the initial ambulance bill goes unpaid for years while the litigation continues on. Michigan No Fault Auto Insurance Companies frequently spend thousands of dollars with private investigators and so called “independent” medical examiners to create reports claiming the injured party either is not injured, injured but not from the crash or injured from the crash but now healed of all that ails them.

If only the No Fault Auto Insurance Companies would do the right thing by their insureds then we would not have have many of these issues. But if history is any predictor then it is clear that Insurance Companies, being the profit entities that they are, will never do the right thing by their insureds and they can always be counted upon to whatever is most profitable.

While the Michigan Supreme Court has an opportunity to review this lawsuit seeking information from the MCCA it is unfair to lay the entire burden upon the Michigan Supreme Court as if this single lawsuit will fix all that is wrong with the Michigan Insurance Law. One must bear in mind that no Court can do anything more than the law allows. If the law does not allow what the Plaintiffs in this case seek then the Michigan Supreme Court cannot allow it.

Fixing the issues that arise in the Michigan No Fault Automobile Insurance Law starts with the decades long Republican Controlled Legislature allowing insurance companies to destroy the financial lives of injured parties. What we need is an effective tool to enforce the proper application of the no fault automobile insurance law. Almost all states have such a law allowing the Court to determine if claim handling by insurance companies is in “bad faith”. If it is found that the insurance company has engaged in bad faith claim handling a “bad faith law” allows the Court to punish the offending insurance company by taking away from them the only thing that Insurance Company executives understand “money and profit”. Some of these laws allow the imposition of punitive damages.

If you want responsive and law abiding insurance companies in Michigan give the people the tools that they need to keep the insurance companies in line. Encourage the Pachyderms to pass a solid and reliable bad faith insurance claim handling law for the violation of which costs the offending insurance company far more profit than they make with bad faith insurance claim practices.

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How Tort Reform Hurts Health Care for Everyone

1843600_sWe have often blogged in this space about the fact that tort reform does not really do anything to drive down health care costs, does nothing to improve overall healthcare, and does not have the result of attracting more physicians to a state.  In fact, it is merely a ruse to assist large corporations and insurance companies in avoiding responsibility for their actions.

 

An article in the Huffington Post posits that not only does tort reform not positively impact health care and its costs, but it actually leads to poorer care for all patients.  The article summarizes studies performed by the Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, and the Northwestern University School of Law.  In summary, the studies found:

 

  1. “Consistent evidence that patient safety generally falls” after damage caps are enacted. The full study on this topic can be downloaded here.
  2. “Caps on damages” actually increase health care costs. The full study on this topic can be downloaded here.
  3. When a state passes caps, the only kinds of doctors the stated seems to attract are plastic surgeons. The full study on this topic can be downloadedhere.

 

The full article can be read here.

(Illinois) Family Questions Officer After Killing Unarmed Family Member

Last year, a man was shot and killed by an off duty police officer outside a Chicago Housing Authority building. Now, the man’s family is questioning if the officer did everything according to protocol or if something could have been done to save this man’s life. Marlon Horton was unarmed when he was shot and killed by an officer working as a CHA security guard.

Horton’s family claims the shooting was unnecessary use of deadly force. But that is not the only thing that is hurting this family; they are also upset that the officer did nothing to help Horton survive after he had shot him, other than calling 911. Horton’s family released the 911 call Wednesday after the shooting that they say shows the police officer let Horton bleed to death, despite being advised by the 911 operator to stop the bleeding. “Put a clean dry towel from wherever he is bleeding from, keep him calm, help is on the way,” the paramedic tells the officer to do.

“The Chicago Fire Department paramedic specifically instructs Officer Walker what to do. Again I’m assuming Officer Walker has some first aid training anyway, but beyond that, clearly on the 911 call, the Chicago Fire Department paramedic says put a dry clean cloth where the wound is,” Horton’s family attorney Jeffrey Granich said. Granich adds had Officer Walker followed the paramedic’s instructions, Horton’s life may have been saved.

Chicago Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy, has stated that the officer’s conduct after the incident was considered appropriate.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of police negligence, contact The Dailey Law Firm. The legal team at The Dailey Law Firm does not stand for any negligence, and our experienced lawyers will fight to make sure you or your loved one get the representation and compensation that you deserve. Call today for a free consultation, or to schedule an appointment. Call our Michigan office at 248 744 5005, our Illinois office at 312 867 8800, and our Missouri office at 855 529 7469.

(Michigan) Shopper Dies At Menards Due To Pallet Falling On Top Of Him

A 38 year old Clinton Township man losses his life over the weekend due to tiles falling on him while out shopping. Richard V Colletti was shopping with his wife on Saturday morning at Menards in Chesterfield Township when 600 pounds of tiles came crushing down on him from an upper storage rack.

The 600 pound pallet had just been stacked when the fork lift operator noticed that it was starting to tilt. Allegedly, the operator called for the couple to “watch out” but Colletti did not hear as he was farther down the aisle. Police are continuing to investigate the incident with Menards store management and employees, as they also continue to question the forklift operator. Police said at this time there is no indication of negligence and are waiting on the results from the medical examiner.

Colletti was taken to McLaren’s emergency room in Mt. Clemens with head injuries. According to police, he died there a few hours after the accident occurred.

This is not the first incident that Menards has had regarding injuries to customers. In fact, court documents show that from 1997 until 2002 there has been at least 16 injuries that have been reported at the hardware store. In 2003, a women was awarded $385 thousand dollars due to a steel door falling on her and injuring her back. More recently, a couple sued the company in 2009 due to injuries that they suffered after visiting a Menards in Indiana.

The Dailey Law Firm wants to make sure something like this does not happen again. If you or someone you know has been injured while shopping at any store, contact The Dailey Law Firm today. Their experienced legal team will make sure you get the compensation that you deserve, and fight to give you the best representation in court. Call today and let The Dailey Law Firm go above and beyond for you or your loved one. Call our Michigan office at 248 744 5005, our Illinois office at 312 867 8800, and our Missouri office at 855 529 7469.

(Missouri) Boone County Facing Million Dollar Lawsuit

Another $240 thousand may get added to the defense of Boone County and their employees for a lawsuit filed by a man whose murder conviction was vacated. Boone County may possibly end up spending nearly $450,000 by the end of the year in its defense. As of now, Boone County and their county workers are being sued for $100 million dollars.

The lawsuit against Boone County was filed by Ryan Ferguson. Ferguson was convicted back in 2005 for the killing of Columbia Dailey Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. A state appeals court ruled last year that the prosecutors withheld evidence from Fergusons attorneys and that his trial was unfair. The judges found that the prosecution, which was led by Kevin Crane, was guilty of several Brady violations. The Brady decision requires prosecutors to share all of the exculpatory evidence with the defense.

Boone County is revising the budget to help with some of these cost, including the legal fees for representing all the county workers that are involved in the case. They have already done 2 budget revisions and received $100,000 from each.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime that they are not guilty of, contact the legal team at The Dailey Law Firm. Our experienced legal team will always go above and beyond to fight for your justice, so call and schedule and appointment today. Call our Michigan office at 248 744 5005, our Illinois office at 312 867 8800, and our Missouri office at 855 529 7469.

(Michigan) 15 Car Accident On M-14

A car crash turned into a 15 car accident on M-14 yesterday morning. The chain reaction crash caused M-14 to be closed on the eastbound side near the Ann Arbor Main Street exit. Police say a middle aged man driving a semi-tractor pulling an RV is responsible for the crash.

Police say that their were a few cars involved in the crash that were from out of state, coming up to visit for Labor Day. However, many of the cars involved were families that were headed to the University of Michigan campus to unpack for move in day for undergrad students.

Several cars are totaled from the accident and all cars received some form of damage to them. Five people had to go to the University of Michigan Hospital to receive treatment for their injuries. The driver of the truck has not been charged, what happened to cause the crash is still unknown.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, call the lawyers at The Dailey Law Firm. You should not have to be punished for an accident that you did not cause, that’s why the Dailey Law Firm will go above and beyond to fight for you. Call our experienced legal team for an appointment today. Call our Michigan office at 248 744 5005, our Illinois office at 312 867 8800, and our Missouri office at 855 529 7469.

(Illinois) Skokie Hospital Involved In Lawsuit Over Leg Amputation

Skokie Hospital is currently being sued due to the amputation of a Jewish man’s leg. Forty three year old Moshe Lefkowitz is an orthodox Jew, whose religion requires the deceased to be buried whole in preparation for the afterlife. Lefkowifz alleges in court papers that he told a rabbi working for the hospital along with other medical staff of his wishes to preserve his leg before his surgery removal of his left leg below the knee.
He is now suing the hospital, the owner of the hospital and the rabbi for more than $100,000 in damages. When the suit first came to a Cook County judge, it had gotten dismissed. However, the appeals court reversed that ruling late last month and sent the case back in for another trial.

The hospital denied any wrongdoing, stating in court papers that Lefkowitz signed consent forms two different times, including two days before the surgery which gave the hospital permission to cremate his leg. Lefkowitz gave a sworn statement in which he stated that he is legally blind, and he alleges a nurse explained that the form he signed was just giving his consent to the surgery.

“There is no place for Plaintiff’s religious contentions in the civil court system,” the hospital’s attorneys argued in an appellate brief. The hospital also said Lefkowitz should not be permitted to sue the rabbi for what it called “clergy malpractice.”

If you or someone you know has been the victim of medical negligence, call the lawyers at The Dailey Law. Our experienced team has received millions in medical malpractice cases for our clients, so make the call to The Dailey Law Firm and get the compensation you deserve. Call our Michigan office at 248 744 5005, our Illinois office at 312 867 8800, and our Missouri office at 855 529 7469.