United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division
MICHELE MAYER, f.k.a. MICHELE GREGERSON, Plaintiff,
HOWARD N. WEINER, Defendant.
J. Michelson District Judge
OPINION AND ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR
A MORE DEFINITE STATEMENT (DE 7)
ANTHONY P. PATTI UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Gregerson v. Gregerson, Case No. 2005-710435-DO
(Oakland County Circuit Court)
Representation by attorney Howard N. Weiner
understanding of this case requires a brief review of the
underlying state court proceeding, in which a consent
judgment of divorce was entered on October 6, 2006,
presumably by Judge Joan Young. Michele Gregerson v.
Steven Glen Gregerson, Case No. 2005-710435-DO (Oakland
County Circuit Court). At that time, it appears that Michele
Gregerson was represented by attorney Howard N. Weiner.
years later, during January and February 2014, Michele
Gregerson filed motions to enforce the judgment and for
modification of spousal support. On February 19, 2014, Steven
Glen Gregerson, Plaintiff's former husband, filed a
motion for sanctions. On October 14, 2014, the motion for
sanctions was granted and the motion to enforce judgment
regarding spousal support was denied.
August 26, 2015, attorney Weiner filed a motion for leave to
withdraw. A hearing was conducted in September 9, 2015, and
the motion to withdraw was granted. Just a few months later,
on December 22, 2015, defense counsel was awarded fees and
costs in the amount of $42, 864.24. At the time of Judge
Young's opinion and order, Plaintiff represented herself.
Representation by attorney Trish Oleska Haas
thereafter, on February 11, 2016, Steven Gregerson filed a
motion to terminate spousal support, to compel payment of
court ordered attorney fees and for other relief. On February
24, 2016, it appears that attorney Trish Haas filed an
appearance on behalf of Michele Gregerson. On March 24, 2016,
the court entered an order setting Steven Gregerson's
motion to terminate spousal support for an evidentiary
hearing and providing for the withholding of funds ($35,
864.24) from his 2016 bonus. On August 31, 2016, Steven
Gregerson filed an amended motion. On September 9, 2016, the
motion to terminate spousal support was settled on the
record, and, on October 13, 2016, an order changing spousal
support was filed.
19, 2017, Michele Gregerson filed a “motion for
malpractice” against her prior counsel. The motion was
denied on June 14, 2017.
days later, Plaintiff Michele Mayer, f.k.a. Michele
Gregerson, filed the instant “complaint for legal
malpractice” in pro per against Defendant
Howard N. Weiner, her prior legal counsel. (DE 1.) Defendant
appeared via counsel on August 3, 2017. (DE 6.)
Michelson has referred this case to me for all pretrial
proceedings. Currently before the Court is Defendant's
August 10, 2017 motion for a more definite statement. In sum,
Defendant contends that Plaintiff's asserted damages - a
sanction she was ordered to pay and attorney fees expended -
are less than this Court's $75, 000 jurisdictional
minimum, and, as such, she ...