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Amanda Narvaes

Amanda P. Narvaes, a Partner, joined Drew Cooper & Anding in 2011. Ms. Narvaes is a civil litigator in the areas of complex commercial litigation, lender liability, copyright litigation, and consumer protection. She graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in history. She earned her law degree at WMU-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and received Cooley’s Distinguished Student Award. Ms. Narvaes represents clients before Michigan trial courts across the state and in the Michigan Court of Appeals, and before the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Narvaes has been a guest speaker in Ron Foster’s “Litigation for Paralegals” class. Ms. Narvaes discusses differences between Federal civil discovery rules and Michigan civil discovery rules.

How the Supreme Court’s Decision in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc. Affects Unfair Debt Collection Practices

The federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) has long protected consumers from the more unsavory practices of debt collectors. Yet, on June 17, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Henson v. ...

Apparent Authority in Michigan

If an employee agrees to a contract on behalf of a business, is the business liable? It depends. If the owner authorized the employee to sign contracts on behalf of the business, then the business ...

How Courts Interpret Ambiguous Contract Language

What happens when two parties disagree over the meaning and scope of a contractual agreement? Is the dispute resolved simply by reading the language of the contract in question? Yes, sometimes. Michigan courts (and federal ...

What are Contingency Fees?

What is a contingency fee and how does it work? It’s not uncommon for potential legal clients to inquire about contingency fees. Basically, clients want to know what they are and how they work. A ...

Arbitration Clauses Limit Consumer Rights

Have you been charged fees for unwanted/unselected services by your cable or cell phone provider? Have you ever been cheated out of proper compensation by an unsavory employer? If so, your consumer protection case may ...

Michigan Buyers: Beware of Weak Consumer Protection Laws

State consumer protection laws provide the main lines of defense for consumers against deceptive, predatory and/or unscrupulous business practices. Michigan was an early leader in consumer protection. In 1962, Michigan was the first state to ...

Extended Service Contracts Sold by Used Car Dealers May Qualify for Protection Under Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

Vehicle purchases can be stressful. Used vehicle purchases, which involve their own unique tricks and intimidations, are no exception—especially when the transaction involves a used car dealer. Even the most savvy consumer—one who employs painstaking ...

Commercial Property Foreclosures can be High Stakes for Loan Guarantors

Commercial property foreclosures are sometimes high stakes for the loan guarantor(s). Often, the guarantor is the person from whom the lender seeks to recover their foreclosure losses. Thus, a good defense strategy is paramount to ...

Medicare Reporting Requirements

Following the event of an accident, Medicare beneficiaries can expect Medicare to cover the resulting health care costs. This coverage comes with strings attached, however, as Medicare recipients are subject to strict requirements for reporting ...

Supreme Court Clarifies Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction over Stern Claims, But Declines to Rule on Issue of Consent

In 2011, the Supreme Court issued a decision that shook up the bankruptcy world. In Stern v. Marshall, 131 S. Ct. 2594 (2011), the United States Supreme Court held that because they were not created ...