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January 19th, 2017

The Miller Law Firm has been appointed co-lead counsel in a national securities class action alleging that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, N.V. (FCA) misled investors by improperly inflating its sales numbers. The action is captioned Samaras v. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., et al., No. 2:16-cv-12803-LVP-SDD and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period the Defendants made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business and operations to investors, in part by purposely inflating FCA’s vehicle sales numbers and falsely promoting the Company’s apparent streak of U.S. monthly vehicle sales growth (on a year-over-year basis).

FCA is an international automotive group engaged in designing, engineering, manufacturing, distributing, and selling vehicles, components, and production systems.  Its vehicles are sold under the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, and Ram brands and the SRT performance vehicle designation. FCA sells vehicles in the United States through its U.S. subsidiary, FCA US LLC (“FCA US”).

January 12th, 2017

The Rochester Bar Association (RBA) will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to discuss the topic of business development strategies among professionals. The meeting will take place at the Rochester Mills Beer Co., 400 Water St. in Rochester. This is a good opportunity for new attorneys to gain some insights and tips and for established attorneys to brush up on techniques or add to their repertoires.

The featured speaker will be Matthew Gurwin of Doeren Mayhew, who spoke to the Rochester Bar Association about two years ago. This is a good opportunity to share feedback and reflect on strategies that have worked. Please be ready to share your own tips too!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Martha Olijnyk of the Miller Law Firm at 248-841-2200

January 6th, 2017

Powell Miller has a simple philosophy that has served him well in building the premier litigation law firm in Michigan while putting together an undefeated trial record: “We’re going to out-work our opponent, we’re going to out-think our opponent, we’re going to out-strategize our opponent.” The most recent issue of Leading Lawyers includes a feature article on Powell Miller that offers unique insights into his winning formula for success.

In addition to founding the Miller Law Firm, Powell Miller has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2005 by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report, including being selected as Lawyer of the Year three different times. Those accolades compliment his long streak as one of Super Lawyers’ Top Ten Attorneys in Michigan. Focusing his practice on all aspects of litigation, Powell has represented clients throughout the United States, including various Fortune 500 companies.

Since 1996, Powell Miller has recovered over $2 billion in combined settlements and thirteen consecutive trial victories, including several verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars.

Click here to read the full Leading Lawyers article featuring Powell Miller. The article can also be found in the Leading Lawyers insert in the Crain’s Detroit Business Book of Lists 2017.

January 4th, 2017

Detroit, MI – Nine attorneys from the Miller Law Firm have been recognized in the Super Lawyers® Business Edition Annual Directory as being the top business litigators in Michigan. There are only 40 lawyers total that are listed in this category. The nine Miller Law attorneys listed include:

Richard (Tony) Braun II

Brian Etzel

Ann Miller

Powell Miller

Lawrence Murphy

Marc Newman

Martha Olijnyk

Kevin O’Shea

David Viar

The Miller Law Firm is headquartered in Rochester, Michigan and is recognized throughout the United States as a leader in complex business lawsuits and securities and consumer class action litigation, representing individuals, investors, and companies of all sizes.

The Super Lawyers® list is comprised of the top 5% of attorneys in each state selected via a patented process that includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluation. Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters.

November 30th, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is proud to announce that it has been named as a Best Law Firm for 2017 by the U.S. News & World Report. The firm received a Tier 1 Metropolitan ranking for the practices of commercial and securities litigation in the Troy area. The U.S. News ranks law firms based upon a rigorous evaluation process encompassing client and lawyer evaluations, peer review, and review of additional information provided by law firms.

October 10th, 2016

DETROIT, MI On September 14, 2016 the Miller Law Firm received a judgment of no cause of action based on a unanimous jury verdict in Blumberg v. DocNetwork LLC, et al. Partners Kevin F. O’Shea and Emily H. Hughes tried the case before Judge Mark Goldsmith in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The six-day trial involved a claim by Plaintiff that she was a partner in Defendant, DocNetwork LLC, and was entitled to half the value of the company. The jury heard testimony from nine witnesses, including two business valuation experts, before rendering its verdict for Defendants. Associate Shannon King and Legal Analyst David Goodrich rounded out the trial team.

October 7th, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys have received “Top” recognitions in the 2016 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers. The recognitions, by attorney, are:

Sharon S. Almonrode

  • Top 5: 2016 Michigan Consumer Super Lawyer
  • Top 25: 2016 Women Consumer Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Women Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Michigan Consumer Super Lawyer
  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

Powell Miller*

  • Top 5: 2016 Michigan Business Super Lawyers
  • Top 10: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer
  • Top 50: 2016 Michigan Business Super Lawyer
  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

Marc L. Newman*

  • Top 50: 2016 Michigan Business Super Lawyer
  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

Kevin F. O’Shea

  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

Martha J. Olijnyk

  • Top 25: 2016 Women Michigan Business Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Women Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Michigan Business Super Lawyer
  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

*Attorney has been named in Super Lawyers for 10+ years.

October 5th, 2016

DBusiness, Detroit’s Premier Business Journal, has recognized Sharon S. Almonrode, Richard L. (Tony) Braun II, E. Powell Miller, and Marc L. Newman as Top Lawyers for 2016. 

October 2nd, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is proud to announce that five of its attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers® in America for 2017. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and a highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

 Powell Miller is recognized in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Securities Litigation. He has been named in Best Lawyers® since 2006.

 

Marc L. Newman is named in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation, marking his fifth consecutive year of being recognized in Best Lawyers®.

 

Richard L. (Tony) Braun, II is recognized in the areas of Product Liability Litigation for Plaintiffs in Best Lawyers®. This is Mr. Braun’s fourth consecutive selection for this honor.

 

Kevin F. O’Shea is honored in Best Lawyers® for the practice of Commercial Litigation.

 

Lawrence J. Murphy is named in Best Lawyers® for Commercial Litigation. He has received this recognition since 2011.

September 27th, 2016

Fourteen Miller Law Firm attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for 2016. Super Lawyers is a highly regarded rating service of outstanding attorneys based upon independent research and peer review. The Miller Law Firm attorneys recognized on this year’s lists include:

 

Super Lawyers:

Sharon S. Almonrode

Richard L. (Tony) Braun, II

Brian E. Etzel

Christopher D. Kaye

Ann L. Miller

Powell Miller

Lawrence J. Murphy

Marc L. Newman

Kevin F. O’Shea

Martha J. Olijnyk

David B. Viar

 

Rising Stars:

Devon P. Allard

Ryan Jarnagian

Lauren G. Northrop

September 15th, 2016

Dan Gilbert and Stephen Ross donate a combined $10 million to Wayne State University’s Law School. Both Ross and Gilbert were inducted into the Miller Family Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame. Click here to read more.

September 15th, 2016

Wayne State University Law School unveils the Miller Family Wayne Alumni Wall of Fame. This is the highest award presented by Wayne State University Law School. Click here to see this years inductees.

August 18th, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is excited to welcome Lawrence J. Murphy as a Partner to the firm. Over the past several years Mr. Murphy has regularly been featured in Michigan Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and DBusiness, Top Lawyers. Mr. Murphy has extensive litigation experience in a wide spectrum of business and commercial matters.

July 26th, 2016

E. Powell Miller has been featured in Crain’s Detroit Business as 1 of 14 lead attorneys driving the big verdicts, major settlements and interesting litigation around the state. Read more here.

May 24th, 2016

Shannon C. King has joined the firm as an associate.  Ms. King received her J.D., cum laude, from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2015.

March 21st, 2016

March 21, 2016 – The Miller Law Firm is pleased to announce that Mahde Abdallah has joined the firm as an associate.  Mahde is a 2015 graduate of Wayne State University Law School where he received the Order of the Coif award.

January 1st, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is pleased to announce that Emily Hughes has been elected Partner with the firm.  Ms. Hughes joined the Firm in 2007 and concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, including breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, shareholder oppression, fraudulent transfer claims, and ERISA litigation.

March 20th, 2015

The Miller Law Firm is pleased to welcome the addition of Andrew M. Gonyea to the Firm. Mr. Gonyea is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School. During law school, he completed a judicial internship with the Hon. George Caram Steeh, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Prior to law school, Mr. Gonyea worked in Washington, D.C. as a communications professional. He also completed a press internship with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

March 2nd, 2015

 The Miller Family, E. Powell Miller and Ann L. Miller of The Miller Law Firm and their father, Bruce A. Miller of Miller Cohen, PLC, will be honored as distinguished alumni of Wayne State University Law School at this year’s annual Treasure of Detroit Gala on April 25, 2015 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Since its inception in 1998, the Treasure of Detroit has been Wayne Law’s premiere event for honoring those who have made a lasting contribution to the practice of law, as well as to the growth and success of the Law School.

February 24th, 2015

E. Powell Miller was a guest speaker at a luncheon for the Lansing Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants. The topic was “Judgment Matters When Writing E-Mails Using Government Resources.”

January 8th, 2015

The Miller Law Firm obtained summary judgment on liability on behalf of a certified class of retirees against the Henkel Corporation in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.  The claim was brought under the civil enforcement provisions of ERISA.  The Court found that Henkel breached the plan documents when it failed to properly and timely deduct FICA taxes at the time of retirement, depriving the retirees of the benefit of the Internal Revenue Code’s “Special Timing” and “Nonduplication Rules” and subjecting them to taxes that they would not have had to pay but for the error.  This resulted in a reduction in benefits for the retirees.   See Davidson v. Henkel Corp., No. 12-cv-14103.

December 31st, 2014

Ryan Jarnagin was elected to the Board of Directors for The Auburn Hills Community Foundation with a term ending December 31, 2016. The organization awards grants to non-profit groups, schools, and local units of government. The Foundation’s areas of focus include senior citizens, veterans and active duty military, children, healthy living initiatives, and environmental issues.

December 17th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm is proud to announce the promotion of Chris D. Kaye to Partner. Mr. Kaye joined the Firm in 2009. He was recently a critical member of the litigation team working on the class action which settled against Wells Fargo Bank this year.

November 6th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm is pleased to announce a $975 million settlement in the case of In Re American International Group, Inc. 2008 Securities Litigation, Master File No. 08-CV-4772-LTS-DCF (United States District Court, Southern District of New York) in which the Firm serves as a Lead Counsel.Click here for more information.

October 24th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm obtained an Agreed Order of Judgment against The Valspar Corporation related to its Guardsman Furniture Protection Plans Division in the Eastern District of Michigan. Sweeping reformation to the Service Procedures in the Plans will benefit eight million consumers across the country. See Briede v. The Valspar Corporation, No. 12-cv- 13406.

September 26th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm, P.C. won certification of a class of retirees in an action against the Henkel Corporation in which it is alleged that Henkel improperly administered the top hat retirement plan, resulting in a significant reduction of retirement benefits to the class.  The case is pending in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.  See Davidson v Henkel Corp., Henkel Corp., No. 12-cv-14103.

September 5th, 2014

E. Powell Miller was honored by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine with the feature cover story for its 2014 annual edition. Titled “The Natural,” the reporter further described Mr. Miller as: “Litigator E. Powell Miller loves the national pastime and has one of his own: winning multimillion-dollar cases.” The article goes on to proclaim that: “The Miller Law Firm has become a go-to firm in the Detroit area for auto supply chain disputes and shareholder rights cases.” Click here to read the full article.

September 4th, 2014

Eighteen attorneys at The Miller Law Firm have been named to Michigan Super Lawyers for 2014. For the sixth consecutive year, E. Powell Miller has been named to the exclusive Super Lawyers Top 10 list and Marc Newman, Martha J. Olijnyk, Richard L. (Tony) Braun, II, Kevin F. O’Shea, Sharon Almonrode have been named to the Top 100 Super Lawyers list. Martha J. Olijnyk and Sharon Almonrode are recognized as part of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan. The following attorneys are also recognized as Michigan Super Lawyers for 2014: Jayson E. Blake, Brian Etzel, Christopher D. Kaye, Ann L. Miller, Adam T. Schnatz, David B. Viar and Melissa D. Wojnar-Raycraft. And, these attorneys have been named as Rising Stars for 2014: Devon P. Allard, Emily E. Hughes, Ryan Jarnagin, and Lauren Northrop.

September 3rd, 2014

 Kevin F. O’Shea has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Third Path Institute, a national nonprofit organization that assists individuals, families, and organizations in finding new ways to support an integrated approach to work and life. Third Path officials recently took part in the first-ever National Summit on Working Fathers held at the White House on June 9, 2014. Find out more about Third Path at www.thirdpath.org.

August 18th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm, P.C. is pleased to announce that the United States District Court, District of Minnesota granted final approval of a $62.5 million settlement in a class action against Wells Fargo Bank on behalf of participants in the Bank’s securities lending program. The total settlement amount is among the largest recoveries achieved in a securities lending class action stemming from the 2008 financial crisis. The settlement was literally achieved on the courthouse steps the weekend before a jury trial was scheduled to commence. E. Powell Miller stated that, “Wells Fargo had prevailed on a similar case just last year, but we were not about to back down. This settlement represents an outstanding result for the pensions and other investors. Our success was only possible after years of hard -fought litigation and intense trial preparation.” The settlement proceeds will be shared by a class of approximately 100 pension funds, corporations, insurance companies and others who participated in Wells Fargo Bank’s securities lending program from January 1, 2006 to present. The City of Farmington Hills Employees Retirement System v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Civil No. 10-4372 DWF/JJG. Click here for more information.

July 27th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm succeeded in earning two of the top five Class Action Settlement rankings in the Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly ’s annual survey of “Million-Dollar Verdicts & Settlements 2013.” The firms’ securities fraud class-action lawsuit, In Re: Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. Securities Litigation in the Eastern District of Michigan, settled for $2,975,000. And, the firm’s class action relating to the sale of TechTeam Global Inc. to Stefanini International Holdings Ltd. and its subsidiary, Platinum Merger Sub Inc., In Re TechTeam Global Inc. Shareholder Litigation in Oakland County Circuit Court, settled for $1,775,000.

June 26th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Danielle Karmanos’ Work It Out Motor City Bike Ride taking place on Belle Isle, July 19, 2014. Funds raised benefit the Danielle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) campaign, which is a non-profit organization that works to promote a healthy lifestyle for children across Southeast Michigan. To learn more click here.

June 25th, 2014

One of the Miller Law Firms antitrust class action lawsuits has been featured in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Verdicts and Settlements column. In the case of In re: Refrigerant Compressors Antitrust Litigation, the plaintiffs, represented by the Miller Law Firm, alleged a conspiracy where several compressor manufactures engaged in anti-competitive practices which resulted in members of the class paying higher prices than they otherwise would. After an extensive investigation and years of litigation the Miller Law Firm reached separate settlement agreements with the defendants, resulting in a settlement award of $30 million. Click here to read the full article.

June 17th, 2014

E. Powell Miller joined the University of Michigan’s head basketball coach, John Beilein and other industry professionals to speak at the “BLB&G Seminar on Litigation and Michigan’s Pension Funds” in Ann Arbor. The seminar explored the changing regulatory and legal landscapes affecting pension fund holdings as well as instructed listeners of the best practices for protecting their funds’ portfolios. Mr. Miller focused his presentation on the perspectives of the shareholder litigation process. To learn more click here.

June 5th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm has successfully settled a class action lawsuit against Well Fargo Bank N.A.’s securities lending program. Representing nearly 100 institutional investors, the Miller Law Firm argued that the bank mischaracterized its securities lending program as being safe, but instead placed significant amounts of cash collateral in high-risk investments such as structured investment vehicles which resulted in significant losses for investors. Both parties are awaiting preliminary approval of the settlement in the amount of $62.5 million.

April 7th, 2014

E. Powell Miller is lead counsel in a jury trial scheduled to start April 14, 2014 against Wells Fargo Bank involving its securities lending program. There have been two prior jury trials on this issue, one in which the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff and one in favor of Wells Fargo. In the later trial, although the jury ruled in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, Judge Donovan Frank ruled that had he not been bound by the jury’s findings, he would have found that Wells Fargo breached its fiduciary duty. A copy of the opinion can be found here.