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Woman with broken ankle on M-22 can sue MDOT

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Helen Yono, 69, was shopping in Suttons Bay. While returning to her car, the Livonia woman stepped into a depression and broke her ankle.

The lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Transportation raises a common legal dispute: When is the state immune to lawsuits about road conditions? In this case, the appeals court said MDOT is responsible. In a 2-1 decision, the court last week said the parking lane is a lane designed for vehicles.

The decision means the lawsuit goes forward. Judge Michael Talbot disagreed with judges Michael Kelly and Jane Beckering.

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