Michigan Pain Management, LLC v. Esurance Property and Casualty Insurance Company
ORDER granting 7 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh. (MBea)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN PAIN MANAGEMENT, LLC,
Case No. 17-CV-10954
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH
ESURANCE INSURANCE CO.,
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS= MOTION TO DISMISS [DOC. 7]
Demetrius Daniels was involved in two motor vehicle accidents which
resulted in multiple injuries. Mr. Daniels filed a No-Fault cause of action
on December 19, 2016, which was removed to this court on January 23,
2017. (Case No. 17-cv-10209). On March 15, 2017, plaintiff Michigan
Pain Management, LLC, filed this action seeking reimbursement of Mr.
Daniels’ No-Fault PIP medical expenses. The action was originally filed in
Wayne County Circuit Court and was removed to this court on March 27,
On May 25, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court released its opinion
in Covenant Med. Ctr., Inc. v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., __ Mich. __;
895 N.W.2d 490 (2017), wherein the court held that under the language of
the No-Fault Act, a healthcare provider has no statutory right to bring suit
against a No-Fault insurer for an injured person’s PIP benefits. Based on
this holding, defendant Esurance Insurance Co. moves for dismissal of
plaintiff’s action, arguing that plaintiff lacks standing and that therefore its
claims are moot.
The court issued a notice of hearing on the motion to dismiss,
requiring plaintiff to file a response brief by July 24, 2017 [Doc. 8]. Plaintiff
has failed to file a response brief by the date set by the court. Applying the
holding of the Michigan Supreme Court, this court finds that plaintiff, as a
healthcare services provider, is not the proper party to request adjudication
of the issue of whether Mr. Daniels is entitled to statutory No-Fault benefits
under the No-Fault Act.
In its motion to dismiss, defendant anticipated that plaintiff might seek
leave to file an amended or supplemental pleading based on several
assignments signed by Mr. Daniels. While some of the assignments were
signed before plaintiff filed its lawsuit on March 15, 2017, plaintiff did not
plead that it was Mr. Daniels’ assignee in its complaint. In any event,
plaintiff has not sought to amend or supplement its pleading to make any
argument based on the assignments.
The court does not believe that oral argument will aid in its ability to
make a determination on the pending motion to dismiss and therefore
issues this opinion without hearing oral argument. Based on the holding of
the Michigan Supreme Court in Covenant, the court GRANTS defendant’s
motion to dismiss.
Dated: August 29, 2017
s/George Caram Steeh
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
August 29, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
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