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Workplace Tragedy: Murder/Suicide at Work Does Not Create a Duty for the Employer’s Security Company

Premises Liability / December 18, 2017

Despite Michigan’s established line of case law addressing third-party crime on a defendant’s premises, plaintiffs continue to pursue these claims. Often, plaintiffs argue, most recently in an unpublished opinion, Estate of Sharita M. Williams v Consuela Lewis and Advance Security (Docket No. 332755; November 21, 2017), that Defendants had a duty to protect Plaintiff because of certain circumstances individual to that particular case creating a “special relationship.” In Williams, the appellate court ruled that, in the absence of a special relationship, the law imposes no duty on one party to protect another against the criminal acts of a third party.

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