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Virginia Supreme Court Considers Evidence Necessary to Get Gross Negligence Case to a Jury

Recently, the Virginia Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Elliott, Administrator of the Estate of Smith v. Carter. The opinion was authored by Justice Goodwyn and flowed from an appeal of a case that was...more

As American as Football, Apple Pie and Class Actions

Two cert petitions in a football-related class action are pending before the U.S. Supreme Court: Gilchrist v. National Football League, case no. 16-283 and Armstrong v. National Football League. Both are scheduled to be...more

The Second Appellate District Refuses to Overturn a Jury Verdict Despite Defendant’s Admission of Causation and Bad Judgment

Sassa Minnegren v. Joshua B. Nozar - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (October 24, 2016) - In auto collision cases, the law establishes “that every mistake of judgment is not negligence, for mistakes are...more

Torts – Immunity for Recreational Activities by Private Landowner

Yan Wang et al., v. Gregory Nibbelink, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (October 13, 2016) - Under Civil Code § 846, a landowner is shielded from liability from injuries to recreational users...more

Moore v. Mercer – What Defendants in Personal Injury Cases Need to Know

Although the amount a medical finance company pays for a lien might be relevant evidence of the value of services provided to an injured plaintiff, courts have discretion to exclude such evidence if it is minimally probative...more

Insurer Liable for Mandatory Double Damages for Failure to Reimburse a Medicare Advantage Organization for Medicare Benefits It...

Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v Western Heritage Insurance Company ____ F.3d ____ 2016 WL 4169120 (11th Circuit, August 8, 2016) - The federal Medicare and Medicaid Acts have been called “among the most completely...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Reverses $1 Million Award of Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith Case for Alleged “Institutional Bad...

In Sobieski v. Am. Standard Ins. Co. of Wisconsin, 2016 WL 5436588 (Ariz.App. Sept. 29, 2016), despite upholding a bad faith judgment for an insurer conducting an unreasonable investigation and denying a claim, the Arizona...more

New Win for Old Spice

Procter & Gamble was sued this March in the Southern District of Ohio by about 180 persons claiming they had bought and were injured by applying thirteen different Old Spice deodorant products manufactured and sold by P&G. ...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19516 - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. SC19516 Concurrence - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. SC19516 Concurrence - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America...more

Fifth District Appellate Court Reverses Defense Verdict, Remands for New Trial on Issue of Damages

Larry Claro v. Shirley Ann DeLong, 2016 IL App (5th) 150557 (August 31, 2016). The Fifth District Appellate Court recently reversed a St. Clair County jury verdict in favor of the defendant and remanded the case to the...more

UK Supreme Court: Fraud Trumps the Finality of Settlements

In a recent decision that can have equal application in the United States, the UK Supreme Court ruled that fraud trumps the public policy arguments of finality and encouragement of settlements....more

John Edwards argues before the Texas Supreme Court on important libel case that started in 2003

Houston partner John K. Edwards recently argued before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend County...more

Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

Applying Ohio’s tort reform legislation to a situation where a non-party is immune from the tort liability in issue has resulted in contradictory holdings. This article originally appeared in the 2016 September/October...more

Using the Affordable Care Act in Defense of Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

Courts across the country are beginning to consider the argument that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) serves as a vehicle to limit a plaintiff’s claim for future medical damages. Plaintiffs often use exaggerated life care plans...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES #4

D. Canadian court recognizes new tort of public disclosure of embarrassing private facts and awards damages totaling $100,000 and issues an injunction against the Defendant. Jane Doe 464533 v. D.(N.), 2016 ONSC 541, per...more

Injured in a Car Accident? Watch What You Post on Social Media

In 2016, it has become normal to post details about even the smallest details of your life on social media for many to see. A review of an average Facebook feed may include pictures of someone’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner,...more

Personal Injury – Auto – Damages and Stipulation as to Liability

Christ v. Schwartz - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (August 12, 2016) - In a personal injury action, a defendant may wish to stipulate to liability where there is no real dispute as to who was at fault...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Insurer Liable for Medicare Lien Notwithstanding Insurer's Efforts to Satisfy the Lien in Settlement, also...

In a case with far-reaching implications, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion concluding that the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP) permits a private insurance company/PART C Medicare Advantage...more

Controversial California Court Decision Significantly Narrows a Crucial Liability Safe Harbor for Website Operators

A recent California court decision involving Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is creating considerable concern among social media companies and other website operators....more

Settling Defendants Beware: Eleventh Circuit Holds Settling Insurer Liable for Failure to Protect Medicare Payments Made by...

Congress created an uproar among personal injury tort defendants and their insurers when it passed the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) less than 10 years ago. The $1,000 per day fine for failure to...more

Medicare Advantage Organizations May Sue For Double Damages Under MSP Act - Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Ins....

On August 8, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided an issue of first impression in the circuit under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act. In sum, the Eleventh Circuit held that a Medicare Advantage Organization...more

Insurance Coverage – Equitable Indemnity Claim by Excess Carrier

Ace American Insurance Company v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (August 5, 2016) - Where an underlying insurer rejects a settlement offer within its policy limits, and...more

Application of Illinois Dead-Man’s Act Results in Summary Judgment for Defendant

Andice Peacock v. Kathleen Waldeck, Deceased, 2016 IL App (2d) 151043 (August 8, 2016). The Second District Appellate Court affirmed a trial court’s award of summary judgment in favor of a deceased defendant’s special...more

Non-Party Yelp Ordered to Remove Defamatory Reviews

In 2012, attorney Dawn Hassell represented Ava Bird for a period of 25 days related to a personal injury she suffered. Bird expressed dissatisfaction with the representation and Hassell withdrew from the representation....more

4th DCA Confirms Florida’s Adoption of the Daubert Standard for Expert Witness Testimony in Florida State Court Applies...

Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal recently was the third District Court of Appeal to rule on a lingering question left in the wake of the adoption of 2013 legislative amendments to the Florida Evidence Code regarding...more

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