Altairi v. Alhaj – Case Brief Summary (Michigan)

In Altairi v. Alhaj, 235 Mich App 626; 599 NW2d 537 (1999), the Court held that the natural accumulation doctrine, which protects a private property owner from liability stemming from the natural accumulation of snow and ice on public sidewalks that abut the private property, does not eliminate a property owner's duty to a licensee on the property.

To be held liable for damages resulting from a danger on the property, the property owner must know of the danger, or have reason to know of it.

However, the danger cannot be open and obvious. Id., 637-640.