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City is immune from claim of negligently hiring contractor

In Milledge v. A-1 Builders and City of Detroit, the Court of Appeals held that the City was immune from claims that it negligently hired a builder who allegedly did shoddy work federally-funded low-income home repair program.  Cleaning up after the original $43,000.00 in work required an additional expense of $12,000.00,  and the City demanded that Milledge execute a lien on the property to cover this additional expense.  She was already obligated to repay the original expense lien within two years and balked at bearing the "clean up" expense for a contractor selected by the City.  The Court held that even if the City was negligent in selecting, supervising or prematurely paying the contractor, it was immune from its mistakes, which were neither proprietary nor ultra vires.

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