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Stitt v. Holland Abundant Life Fellowship

Michigan Supreme Court
614 N.W.2d 88 (2000)


Facts

After she tripped and broke her arm, Violet Moeller (plaintiff) brought a claim against Holland Abundant Life Fellowship (Fellowship) for negligently placing tire stops and failing to provide adequate lighting in its parking lot. The trial judge instructed the jury on the duties owed to licensees, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of Fellowship, which Moeller appealed. The court of appeals reversed and remanded for a new trial, holding that the jury should have been instructed on the duties owed to public invitees as defined in the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 332. Fellowship applied for leave to appeal, and it was granted to determine the proper standard of care owed to individuals on church property for noncommercial purposes. Jill Stitt was substituted as the named plaintiff when Moeller died.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Young, J.)

Dissent (Kelly, J.)

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