LANSING – The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled last week to reverse a recent decision by Michigan Supreme Court candidate and Oakland Circuit Court Judge Colleen O’Brien that had denied damages to an individual even though a jury had found he was entitled to them.
“Colleen O’Brien is an excellent fit for the Michigan Republican Party’s slate of Supreme Court candidates who stand for defending corporate special interests over the interests of individuals here in Michigan,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “Even when a jury decided that the corporation was in the wrong and a minority shareholder was entitled to damages, O’Brien overruled the jury’s decision. The Court of Appeals wisely saw fit to follow the rule of law and reverse O’Brien’s ruling.”
The case in which the Court of Appeals reversed O’Brien is Ginnard v. Advanced Design and Prototype Technologies, Inc. (No. 303162, 2012). A jury ruled the defendants had injured a shareholder, but when O’Brien held a hearing to determine the amount of damages the plaintiff would receive, she ruled the plaintiff was not entitled to damages at all.