Michigan Supreme Court opens term with 11 cases this week and a new member

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By: Associated Press

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is opening a new term this week with a new member and arguments in 11 cases.

The justices will gather Tuesday in the state Capitol to hear a business dispute between podiatrists, then move to their regular courtroom to hear two more cases. They include a fight over public access to records of the Catastrophic Claims Association, which puts an annual fee on each insured vehicle to pay for severe injuries in wrecks.

The Supreme Court will hear four more cases Wednesday and another four Thursday.

It’s the debut of Justice Joan Larsen, a University of Michigan law professor who was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to fill the seat of Mary Beth Kelly. She quit Oct. 1.