Michigan Appeals Panel Affirms Chemical Exposure Claims Barred By Res Judicata

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A unanimous Michigan Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 17 affirmed summary judgment for redevelopment contractors and the banks that provided funding for the redevelopment accused of negligently moving contaminated soil during a redevelopment project and injuring a plaintiff by exposing him to toxic chemicals in the soil; the trial court correctly found that the negligence claims are barred by the res judicata doctrine, according to the panel (William Q. Tingley III, et uxor v. Pioneer General Contractors Inc., et al., Nos. 309537, 312177, Mich. App.).

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