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California Decision Expands Actuary’s Potential Liability Based on Aiding and Abetting Theory

The recently published California decision in Nasrawi v. Buck Consultants LLC, issued by the Court of Appeal, Sixth District, has the potential to expand an actuarial firm’s liability well beyond its current limits under...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Former Counsel

In a few weeks’ time over at Appellate Strategist’s sister blog, the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we’ll address the question of just how rare it is to get an unpublished decision – what we in Illinois call a Rule 23 order –...more

Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal

Tibble v. Am. Physicians Capital, Inc., No. 306944, 2014 WL 5462573 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2014). The Michigan Court of Appeals holds that although the trial court erred when it defined “bad faith” for the jury, the...more

Accountant’s Fiduciary Duty as Independent Auditor

In North Carolina, an accounting firm now owes a fiduciary duty to its audit client, both as a matter of law and as a matter of fact. On November 4, 2014, a North Carolina appellate court held — for the first time —...more

Limits of Expansive Protection of New York’s In Pari Delicto Defense

Whenever a company tumbles into bankruptcy following the discovery of its management’s financial misdeeds, firms that provided the company with accounting, legal, banking and financial advisory services should prepare to...more

Federal District Court in New Jersey Holds that Economic Loss Rule Does Not Bar Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Architect Where...

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey contracted HDR Architects and Engineers, P.C. (“HDR”) to design a medical school building. After the project went to bid, the Bedwell Company (“Bedwell”) contracted with...more

Illinois Court Outlines Elements to Consider for Good Faith Analysis of Settlement Demand

To settle or not to settle: that is the question for liability insurers. If you are pondering whether you must accept a plaintiff’s settlement offer, read on. A recent Illinois case, Huang v. Brenson, 7 N.E.3d 729 (Ill. App....more

In K2 Investment, NY high court reverses itself, confirms well-established case law

The New York Court of Appeals, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, 2014 WL 590662 (N.Y.), 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 01102 (N.Y. Feb. 18, 2014), has vacated its own prior decision,...more

The Perils of In-House Counsel Simultaneously Representing Company and Employee

In Yanez v. Plummer (Nov. 5, 2013, C07026), the Third Appellate District issued an opinion highlighting the perils for an in-house lawyer who simultaneously represents the company and an employee. Union Pacific fired Michael...more

Gotham Insurance Company Finds Dark Knight

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently entered summary judgment in favor of Gotham Insurance Company (“Gotham”), finding no coverage for a substantial default judgment entered against its...more

In the Crosshairs: District Courts Utilize Gunn to Dismiss Patent-Related Legal Malpractice Claims for Lack of Subject Matter...

In an opinion and order dated May 7, 2013, the Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction a legal malpractice action...more

Chad Elie v. Ifrah Law PLLC

CERTIFICATE of Interested Parties filed by Plaintiff Chad Elie

[Docket Text] CERTIFICATE of Interested Parties filed by Chad Elie that identifies all parties that have an interest in the outcome of this case. . (Chattah, Sigal) (Entered: 05/22/2013)...more

Chad Elie v. Ifrah Law PLLC

MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS [re Removal of Civil Action to USDC]

[Docket Text] MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS of the Honorable Judge James C. Mahan, on 5/21/2013. Statement regarding removed action is due by 6/8/2013. Joint Status Report regarding removed action is due by 6/23/2013. (Copies have...more

Chad Elie v. Ifrah Law PLLC

Notice of Removal of Action to USDC District of Nevada by Defendants

[Docket Text] PETITION FOR REMOVAL from Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Case Number A-13-679951-C, (Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0978-2825493), filed by Alain Jeffery Ifrah, Ifrah PLLC. Certificate of...more

Appellate Notes: Week of February 18

In This Issue: - AC34039 - Landmark Investment Group, LLC v. Calco Construction & Development Co. - AC33614 - Dorreman v. Johnson - AC34253 - Klemonski v. University of Connecticut Health Center ...more

Questionable Actions of Class Counsel Did Not Merit Decertification in Class Action

This week we discuss the recent 7th Circuit junk fax class action case which determined that the misconduct of class counsel only merits decertification or denial of certification where the misconduct creates a "serious...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Insured’s Efforts to Secure Independent Counsel

On October 15, 2012, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit – applying Texas law – addressed another Cumis counsel matter. See Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee, P.C. v. Navigators Specialty Ins. Co., No....more

Useless Attorneys’ Fees – The Importance of Understanding Florida’s Rules of Civil Procedure

On September 19, 2012, the Third District Court of Appeals decided that a first party plaintiff could not prosecute a claim against a third party defendant in Brady v. P3 Group (LLC) and Hypower, Inc....more

Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of State Law Claim of Fraud By Combination of State Substantive Law Requirements and...

Stephenson v. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), 11-1204-cv (2d Cir. 2012) (Summary Order), addresses the viability of claims against Canadian-organized PWC for fraud and negligence arising from PWC’s unqualified audit reports...more

Fremont Reorganizing Corp.v. Faigin: Court Denies Litigation Privilege Defense to Former In-House Counsel Facing Legal Malpractice...

In Fremont Reorganizing Corporation v. Faigin, (2011) 198 Cal. App. 4th 1153, the Third Division of the Second Appellate District held in a published decision that the litigation privilege may not be used to protect an...more

Perception is Reality

Perception is Reality for legal teams. Capitalizing on a diverse legal team is important in the Twenty-first century. ...more

Case Study: Oasis West Realty V. Goldman

On May 16, the California Supreme Court handed down a decision holding that an attorney may violate his duty of loyalty by publicly opposing a development project that he at one time had been engaged to promote. Oasis West...more

California Supreme Court Refuses to Create Exception to Mediation Privilege, Prohibiting Disclosure of Attorney Communications in...

The California Supreme Court recently held in Cassel v. Superior Court, 51 Cal. 4th 113 (2011), that California’s statutory mediation privilege prevents the disclosure of private communications between an attorney and...more

Cause and Effect in Professional Negligence Claims (Part Two) - Update from Court of Appeal

Michael Axe reports on a recent Court of Appeal decision that reinforces how difficult it can be to prove that the negligent advice provided was the actual cause of the losses suffered. This follows on from our earlier...more

Business, Interrupted - How should losses be assessed?

In this article, Michael Axe looks at some of the arguments on quantum that can be put forward by both Claimants and Defendants in Business Interruption claims. Business interruption claims can arise in a wide variety of...more

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