Lewis & Munday Attorneys Receive a No Cause Ruling in the Michigan Court of Claims

Lewis & Munday attorneys Reginald Dozier and Ronda Tate have obtained a significant no cause ruling in a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed against their client, a state university, in the Ingham County Circuit Court-Court of Claims.

The plaintiff's software company entered into a license agreement with the university for the purpose of developing and marketing certain patentable technology that had been created by a professor. After the university's technology transfer office discontinued pursuit of a patent, the plaintiff filed suit alleging breach of contract, estoppel, fraud and gross negligence among other counts. While the contract claims were dismissed pursuant to a motion for summary disposition, the tort claims proceeded to trial where the plaintiff alleged to have suffered lost business value in excess of $40M.

After several days of testimony and effective cross-examination, Judge Clinton Canady ruled that Plaintiff had failed to establish damages. Consequently, the Court issued a no cause of action judgment. Reginald Dozier noted that the decision was "an important victory for the university. It was gratifying to work with our client and experts to prove that the plaintiff's case was simply without merit."

This triumph comes on the heels of several recent successes by Lewis & Munday litigation attorneys in both the lower and appellate courts. The litigation group handles a broad spectrum of matters ranging from commercial litigation to employment disputes. A full-service firm, Lewis & Munday also has corporate, municipal finance and real estate departments with offices in Detroit, New York and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1972, Lewis & Munday is one of the oldest and largest firms founded by minorities.