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WILLIAM RIVARD AND MERIAM CHOULAGH OBTAIN SUMMARY DISPOSITION ON MEDICAL PROVIDER CLAIM

VHS of Michigan, Inc. d/b/a Detroit Medical Center v. Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company, et al., Wayne Circuit Court Case No. 21-004751-NI — Plaintiff/provider filled suit against our client, Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company, seeking recovery for medical services provided to underlying claimant arising out of a motor vehicle accident.  At the time of the accident, the underlying insured was operating a vehicle insured by Pioneer and owned by the claimant’s parents.  Investigation revealed, however, that at the time of the accident, the underlying claimant was living with his grandparents, who were insured by co-defendant, Progressive.  As such, we filed a motion for summary disposition arguing that, under the priority rules of MCL 500.3114, Pioneer is not the highest priority insurer or even in the line of priority because it did not insure the claimant, the claimant’s resident relative, or the claimant’s spouse.  The trial court agreed with us and dismissed all claims against Pioneer.