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Viviano Appointment Boosts Supreme Court's 'Rule of Law' Majority

Physicians scored a victory on February 27 when Gov. Rick Snyder announced his appointment of Macomb County Circuit Court Chief Judge David Viviano to the Supreme Court. Judge Viviano will fill the spot that was vacated by former Justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January. The appointment increases the "rule of law" majority on the high court to 5-2, which means most of the justices hold a philosophy of interpreting the laws as written rather than legislating from the bench.

Since our model tort reform laws passed in 1993, almost every aspect of the laws has been challenged, and almost all of the Supreme Court challenges have come down to a narrow rule of law majority vote in favor of upholding them.

For more information about MSMS tort reform advocacy efforts, contact Colin Ford at 517-336-5737 or cford@msms.org.

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