Docket Nos. 61534, 61547. (Calendar No. 2).

412 Mich. 1 (1981)

312 N.W.2d 585


Supreme Court of Michigan.

Decided November 23, 1981.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Schureman, Frakes, Glass & Wulfmeier (by Charles F. Glass) and Nederlander, Dodge & McCauley, P.C. (by Patrick B. McCauley), for plaintiff.

Lopatin, Miller, Bindes, Freedman & Bluestone (by Sheldon L. Miller and Michael Gagleard) for defendant Dozorc.

Plunkett, Cooney, Rutt, Watters, Stanczyk & Pedersen, P.C. (by Charles T. McGorisk and Christine D. Oldani), for defendant Golden.

Amici Curiae:

Bodman, Longley & Dahling (by Joseph A. Sullivan and David W. Hipp) for Detroit Surgical Society.

John M. Burkoff for Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons, Michigan Orthopedic Society, Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, Michigan Society of Urologists, and Michigan Chapter, American College of Surgeons.

Kerr, Russell & Weber (by A. Stewart Kerr, John L. Shoemaker and Curtis J. DeRoo) for Michigan State Medical Society and Wayne County Medical Society.

Ivan E. Barris and David F. DuMouchel for State Bar of Michigan.

Hillman, Baxter & Hammond (by Joel M. Boyden) and Bushnell, Gage & Reizen, in propriis personis.

Dykema, Gossett, Spencer, Goodnow & Trigg (by Daniel G. Wyllie and Bowden V. Brown) for Herbert D. Schunk, M.D.


The plaintiff is a physician who, after successfully defending in a medical malpractice action, brought this action against the attorneys who had represented the plaintiffs in the former action. Dr. Friedman sought under a number of theories to recover damages for being compelled to defend against an allegedly groundless medical malpractice action. The trial court granted the defendants' motions for summary and accelerated judgment.

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