Thursday, June 07, 2012

New MDP Video: MSC Justices Markman and Zahra: Protecting Insurance Companies Over Families

From Michigan Democratic Party

Justices Cast Deciding Votes to Deny Insurance Benefits to Victim of Hit and Run

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party has released a new video demonstrating how Michigan Supreme Court Justices Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra are puppets of special interests.

Last week, Markman and Zahra, along with the Court’s other GOP Justices, ruled to deny insurance benefits to the family of a hit and run victim. William DeFrain was hit by a car while walking in Florida in May on 2008. Six months later, after immense suffering, he died of his injuries. State Farm Insurance denied a claim by DeFrain’s mother, the policyholder, because it was filed after the 30-day deadline. The Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of DeFrain’s family, but the Michigan Supreme Court overturned that decision.

“The current Court is nothing more than a rubber stamp for special interests like insurance companies,” MDP Chair Mark Brewer said. “This latest case proves that victims and their families can’t get a fair shot in this Court. Markman, Zahra, and their Republican colleagues have ruled in favor of special interests over 80% of the time. We need a change on the Court. It’s time to start protect Michigan families and victims – instead of protecting insurance companies and other special interests.”

You can watch the new video by clicking on the link below.
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