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149631-3 - Glenn S Morris v Morris, Schnoor & Gremel, Inc

Glenn S. Morris,
 
Clifford W. Taylor
 
Plaintiff-Appellee,
 
v
(Appeal from Ct of Appeals)
 
 
(Kent – Yates, C.)
 
Morris, Schnoor & Gremel, Inc., Charron & Hanisch, PLC, and David W. Charron,
 
 
 
Defendants,
 
and
 
 
New York Private Insurance Agency, LLC,
 
Mark A. Aiello
_____________________________
Appellant.
 
Morris, Schnoor & Gremel Properties, LLC,
 
 
 
Plaintiff-Appellee,
 
v
 
 
Morris, Schnoor & Gremel, Inc., David W. Charron, and Charron & Hanisch, PLC,
 
 
 
Defendants,
 
and
 
 
New York Private Insurance Agency, LLC,
 
 
 
Appellant.
 
_____________________________
 
 
Glenn S. Morris,
 
 
 
Plaintiff-Appellee,
 
v
 
 
Morris, Schnoor & Gremel, Inc., David W. Charron, and Charron & Hanisch, PLC.,
 
 
 
Defendants,
 
and
 
 
New York Private Insurance Agency LLC,
 
 
 
Appellant.
 

Summary

     New York Private Insurance Agency (NYPIA) was sued in two lawsuits for alleged violations of the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA).  In each case, the trial court granted summary disposition to NYPIA, and scheduled a consolidated bench trial of the claims against the remaining defendants.  The bench trial included contempt proceedings against several parties, including NYPIA, for violating an earlier injunction.  In connection with the UFTA claims, the trial court ruled that NYPIA was not a good-faith purchaser, and it entered judgment against NYPIA and in favor of the plaintiffs.  NYPIA appealed to the Court of Appeals, arguing that its due process rights were violated when a judgment was entered against it, a non-party, on the UFTA claims.  The Court of Appeals affirmed in an unpublished per curiam opinion, concluding that the trial court possessed the authority under the UFTA to enter judgment against NYPIA, despite the fact that it dismissed NYPIA from the two lawsuits.  NYPIA seeks leave to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.  On April 1, 2015, the Court directed the Clerk to schedule oral argument on whether to grant the application or take other action.