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Supreme Court Holds That Senior Living Facility Had Duty to Monitor Automatic Locking Doors

Premises Liability / June 9, 2022

Rowland v Indep Vill of Oxford, LLC, ___ Mich ___; ___ NW2d ___ (2022) (Docket No. 161007) illustrates “that there is a special relationship between a landlord and its tenants,” which can give rise to duties that some might not associate with premises liability. 

In Rowland the Michigan Supreme Court held, in a 4-2 decision, that an independent senior living facility had a duty to monitor its exit doors that automatically locked and caused an 89‑year old cognitively impaired tenant being locked outside in the freezing cold for 14 minutes.

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