Summary disposition granted to Hartford Insurance in dispute over PIP benefits where college kid didn't register vehicle within 30 days
Andrew Faison was forced to sue his insurer, Hartford Insurance Company, and the Farmers Insurance Exchange, after he was injured in a Michigan car accident. Faison was a resident of Maryland at the time, and Hartford argued that since he had brought his car to Michigan three months earlier, and had not registered it in Michigan, he was not entitled to PIP benefits. Hartford asked the court to grant summary disposition, but the judge refused, holding that there was a genuine issue of fact with regard to Hartford's defense. Hartford appealed and the Appeals Court overturned the trial judge, deeming Faison's response to the motion inadequate and ruling that since Faison's car was in the state for an aggregate of more than 30 days, he could not prove that he had complied with the no fault law.