Smith Haughey Successfully Defends Hotel

Charlie Pike and Mark Gilchrist achieved victory for our client, a local hotel, in a case alleging negligence and violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. The plaintiff tripped and fell while at the hotel. Normally this type of claim is governed by premises liability law, and we would have vigorously defended the claim because the tripping hazard was open and obvious. The plaintiff attempted to avoid this strong defense, and to recover attorney fees, by bringing claims that don’t govern this situation. We made a compelling legal argument that plaintiff’s claims were not cognizable and the court dismissed them on summary disposition.