Arndt and Olsman Obtain a Favorable Ruling

Stephanie Arndt and Jules Olsman obtained a favorable ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday. They were advocating for a client whose case was improperly dismissed by a judge based on “open and obvious doctrine.” Our client, M, was walking through the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. She slipped and fell on a clear, gel-like substance at the end of a moving walkway. The fall caused her hip to fracture and a tear to her rotator cuff. Northwest Airlines, who owned the terminal, argued that the substance on the floor would have been obvious to M had she been paying attention. The trial court agreed and dismissed the case. Arndt and Olsman thought that decision was wrong. They believed that a jury should get to decide M’s case, and they appealed the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. That court agreed with Arndt and Olsman and reversed the trial court. Now, M will get her chance to have a jury decide her case.