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Tarek Hamade v New Lawn Sod Farm, Inc. Debuck’s Corn Maze

Premises Liability / April 19, 2023

Court/Case No: Wayne County Circuit Court/2018-015562-NO

Tried/Argued Before: Jury Trial

Demand: 500,000

Verdict: No Cause

Name of Judge(s): Hon. Annette J. Berry

Keys to the Case:

Mr. Grimske represented a reputable Wayne County farm that was alleged to have a dangerous and defective tire as part of an obstacle course on the property. Plaintiff, while utilizing the course, fell and sustained serious injury on this tire which resulted in an extensive surgical procedure to implement 11 screws with plates to Plaintiff’s leg.

The matter had been pending since 2018 and involved two separate trips up to the Michigan Court of Appeals – first, for open and obvious and then, months later, for lack of notice. Each time, the lower court’s decision was reversed by the Court of Appeals.

Though the Court of Appeals ruled as a matter of law that the course and specific tire was not open and obvious, the jury found Plaintiff could not prove notice, and more specifically constructive notice. 8-0, no negligence! Plaintiff asked for upwards of $500,000.00. Jury verdict: No Cause.

This is Mr. Grimske’s 4th No Cause verdict in 13 months. Congratulations Justin!

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