The 29th Edition of Best Lawyers in America® has included eight attorneys from Kotz Sangster's Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and Niles, Michigan offices. And four attorneys resident in the firm's Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and St. Joseph, Michigan offices have been honored in the 3rd Edition of Best Lawyers - Ones to Watch. Notably, 2023 U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Best Law Firms" listing has recognized Kotz Sangster regionally in eight practice areas.
Popular rumors regarding the death of the jury trial in the United States are greatly exaggerated.
Kotz Sangster attorneys Dennis Egan and Chris Ferlito, with the assistance of Jeff Sangster and Kevin O’Dowd, successfully obtained a jury verdict in federal court in Ann Arbor in favor of our client, a marine contractor, wrongly accused by the owner of a tugboat of causing the partial sinking of the boat.
The owner of the tugboat sued our client for breach of contract, claiming our client left sea chest valves, used for cooling the engine, open after completing its work on the boat. After our client’s last day of work on the tugboat, a whole 14 months later, a cold snap caused a power failure at the dock which interrupted heat to the boat, thus causing the water pipes to freeze and burst and partially flood the boat.
Dennis and Chris demonstrated to the satisfaction of the jury that our client closed the valves as part of its standard procedure and discredited the testimony from the boat owner. The jury rendered a no cause of action verdict in our client’s favor, and the court entered a judgment in our favor.