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Gloria Jean Mclaurin v. Detroit Parking Violations Bureau and Shawny Deberry

October 26, 2010

GLORIA JEAN MCLAURIN, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
DETROIT PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU AND SHAWNY DEBERRY, DEFENDANTS-APPELLEES, AND COURIER & I INC, GIRSEL BOWIE, AND KEITH GANT, DEFENDANTS.



Wayne Circuit Court LC No. 08-123362-NZ

Per curiam.

Before: O'CONNELL, P.J., and BANDSTRA and MARKEY, JJ.

UNPUBLISHED

Plaintiff appeals by right in propria persona from the trial court's order granting defendants-appellees' motion for summary disposition. We affirm. This appeal has been decided without oral argument pursuant to MCR 7.214(E).

This suit arose from numerous parking tickets issued to plaintiff over the course of several years. Plaintiff apparently neither paid nor disputed them, and the penalties assessed accumulated to thousands of dollars. Eventually, plaintiff's car was booted, towed, and impounded. She requested an administrative hearing, but the hearing referee decided against her. There is no evidence that plaintiff ever appealed this decision. On May 15, 2007, the city of Detroit filed a complaint, No. 07-123408-GC, in the 36th District Court for the outstanding parking violation assessments, which, by that time, totaled $7,404. The city failed to personally serve plaintiff and instead served plaintiff by publication; plaintiff, however, had no actual notice of the complaint.*fn1 On January 8, 2008, plaintiff learned that the city had obtained a default judgment against her. She sought to have the judgment set aside, and the trial court granted the request, setting a bench trial date of March 31, 2008. Plaintiff and ...


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