LANSING – Justices Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra and the Republican majority on the Michigan Supreme Court have once again protected the interests of a large corporation at the expense of a Michigan family with last week’s ruling in Hill v. Sears, Roebuck.
“A Macomb County mother and her children received severe burns when an uncapped gas line resulted in an explosion in their home,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “The Court refused to protect this family and instead sided with the corporation that failed them. Sears employees noticed an uncapped gas line, placed a new washer and dryer in front of the line to obscure it and failed to warn the family about the danger present in their home. Markman, Zahra and the Republican majority have once again put the interests of a large corporation ahead of Michigan families and rejected any level of responsibility for corporate special interests.”
In this ruling, the Supreme Court overturned decisions by the lower courts, which had held that the installers had a duty not to make the uncapped gas line more dangerous by hiding it with a new dryer.
“Michigan needs a Supreme Court that will stand up for families and children. That’s why we need to elect Judge Connie Kelley, Judge Shelia Johnson and Professor Bridget McCormack to the Court this November,” said Brewer.