April 1, 2015
ALAN JESPERSON, Plaintiff-Appellant,
AUTO CLUB INSURANCE ASSOCIATION, Defendant-Appellee
COA: 315942. Macomb CC: 2010-005127-NI.
Robert P. Young, Jr., Chief Justice. Stephen J. Markman, Mary Beth Kelly, Brian K. Zahra, Bridget M. McCormack, David F. Viviano, Richard H. Bernstein, Justices.
On order of the Court, the application for leave to appeal the September 16, 2014
judgment of the Court of Appeals is considered, and it is GRANTED. The parties shall include among the issues to be briefed: (1) whether the defendant adequately raised the affirmative defense of the one-year statute of limitations stated in MCL 500.3145(1) without explicitly describing it in its answer to the plaintiff's amended complaint; (2) if not, whether the Court of Appeals erred in rejecting the plaintiff's argument that the defendant waived the affirmative defense by pointing to the trial court's authority to exercise its discretion to allow the defendant to amend its answer; and (3) if the defendant did not waive the statute of limitations defense, whether its payment of benefits to the plaintiff more than one year after the date of the accident satisfied the second exception to the one-year statute of limitations established in the first sentence of § 3145(1).