Kurt Melchior

Kurt Melchior

Nossaman LLP

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What Has Fahlen Wrought?

The California Supreme Court's decision in Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals has confirmed (not created) a sea change in the relations between hospitals and their medical staffs on the one hand, and physicians on such...more

4/18/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Disciplinary Proceedings Discovery Hiring & Firing Hospitals Physicians Retaliation Sutter Termination Whistleblowers

Reid Ruling Ignores Calif. Precedent

A good deal has already been written about the recent Reid case in California, but there is more to be said. On Oct. 7, 2013, Division 8 of the Second District Court of Appeals held in Reid v. Mercury Insurance Company, No....more

12/24/2013 - Car Accident Negligence Policy Limits Reid v. Mercury Insurance Company Settlement

Complicating The Duties Of In-House Counsel

A recent case seems to complicate the duties of counsel representing an employer where an employee is a witness in the case. A blue collar employee was seriously injured at work. Another blue collar employee was the...more

12/17/2013 - Conflicts of Interest Corporate Counsel Internal Investigations Investigations

Decision Stings Insureds, Though Impact Overstated

Generations of policyholders' coverage lawyers have feasted on the very brief, 4-paragraph 1928 opinion of Judge Augustus Hand in Zeig v. Massachusetts Bonding & Insurance Co., 23 F. 2d 655, which held that an excess insurer...more

8/14/2013 - Contract Drafting Excess Policies Insurers Policy Limits Third-Party

Revolution in Disputes Between Hospitals and Their Physicians?

Originally published in the Daily Journal on August 24, 2012. A new decision of the state Court of Appeal last week may change the way disputes between hospitals and their privileged physicians will play out. In Fahlen...more

8/24/2012 - Collateral Estoppel Hospitals Patent Exhaustion Peer Review Physicians Reappointment Retaliation Staff Privileges Westlake Doctrine Whistleblowers Writ of Mandate

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