Michigan Supreme Court Re-Appoints Lipson Neilson Partner C. Thomas Ludden to Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions

Tom LuddenThe Michigan Supreme Court has re-appointed C. Thomas Ludden to a second consecutive three-year term on the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions.

The Committee is composed of attorneys and judges whose duty is to ensure that the Model Civil Jury Instructions are concise, understandable, conversational, unslanted, and not argumentative. The Committee has authority to amend or repeal existing instructions and, when appropriate, adopt new instructions, although the instructions do not have the force and effect of a court rule. This appointment will expire on December 31, 2021.

C. Thomas Ludden is the head of the appellate practice group at Lipson Neilson P.C. He regularly argues before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Michigan Court of Appeals and has also appeared in the United States and Michigan Supreme Courts. He has been counsel of record in published decisions resolving issues related to due process, medical and legal malpractice, defamation, class action certification, judicial ethics, the priority of interests in real property, estate planning and the statute of limitations. Mr. Ludden also has extensive trial experience in federal district courts.

Founded in 1985, Lipson Neilson P.C. has offices in Bloomfield Hills (Michigan), Las Vegas and Reno (Nevada), and Phoenix (Arizona). The firm is widely known for its excellence in the professional liability lines, offering invaluable insight and experience to its clients across all industries. The firm represents clients across the USA and around the world. You can learn more about the firm at www.lipsonneilson.com.

Contact: C. Thomas Ludden
Phone: 248-593-5000
Email: TLudden@lipsonneilson.com

C. Thomas Ludden Submits amici curiae Brief to the United States Supreme Court in Brott v. United States

C. Thomas LuddenC. Thomas Ludden, head of the Appellate Practice Group at Lipson Neilson, P.C., recently submitted an amici curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in Brott v. United States, Supreme Court Docket No. 17-712. In their brief, the amici, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, the Southeastern Legal Foundation, and the Cato Institute, contend that the Seventh Amendment Guarantee of a jury trial applies in lawsuits against the United States seeking vindication of a citizen’s constitutional rights. They further argue that the United States cannot condition the right to seek relief for violation of constitutional rights upon the waiver of the right to a jury trial.

“For over 800 years, the jury trial has been one of our fundamental guarantees of liberty,” says Mr. Ludden. “The Supreme Court should agree that the Constitutional guarantee of a jury trial applies to lawsuits by American citizens seeking to recover compensation for unconstitutional takings of their property by the federal government.”

A decision on whether the United States Supreme Court will accept this case for full briefing should be made by this coming spring. If granted, the United States Supreme Court could hear oral argument as soon as October 2018. Click here to view the brief as filed on the U.S. Supreme Court website.

C. Thomas Ludden specializes in appellate law, commercial litigation, and professional liability. Mr. Ludden also handles a broad range of commercial disputes, including commercial lease and other contractual disputes and intellectual property matters. Mr. Ludden was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the state’s Committee on Model Jury Instructions; the appointment is for a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2018.

Founded in 1985, Lipson Neilson, P.C. has offices in Bloomfield Hills, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The firm represents clients in Michigan, Nevada, Arizona, across the USA, and around the world.

Contact: C. Thomas Ludden
Phone: 248-593-5000
Email: TLudden@lipsonneilson.com