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Protecting Vulnerable Adults While Protecting Their Physicians – A Proposed Statutory Amendment

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Arizona Supreme Court’s recent decision in Delgado v. Manor Care of Tucson AZ, LLC, subjects health care providers to liability for ordinary negligence under the Adult Protective Services Act. This decision therefore...more

Court Sanctions Counsel for Not Disclosing Deleted Client Emails

by Zapproved LLC on

People v. Miller, No. 16PDJ067, 2017 BL 208514 (Colo. June 1, 2017). In a brief order, the Colorado Supreme Court fined and publicly censured attorney Randall Miller for failing to promptly disclose false evidence. During...more

Illinois Court Holds That Reinsurers And Insurer Need To File Complaint In Legal Malpractice Lawsuit In Their Own Names Pursuant...

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, an Illinois appellate court held that Section 2-403 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, 735 ILCS 5/2-403, required the reinsurers and insurer of Developers Surety and Indemnity Co. (“DSI”) a surety, to file...more

Have You Properly Obtained Informed Consent?

by Burr & Forman on

In June, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a controversial opinion holding that a physician had to have face-to-face interaction with the patient to effectively obtain informed consent. This has raised heightened...more

Maine Court Holds That Expert Testimony is Required to Prove Causation in Legal Malpractice Action

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Brooks v. Lemieux, 2017 WL 1056194 (Me. 2017) - Brief Summary - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently held that expert testimony based on supporting facts in the record was required to prove causation between an...more

Keeping the Lights On For Your Ancillary Proceeding in Federal Court: When “Dismissed Without Prejudice” Means “Stayed”

Do you ever have days when you are not your most eloquent self, the words come out in a jumble, or they are just not precisely what you intended? So do trial judges. But appeals courts seem to understand....more

The Supreme Court of Ohio Dismisses as Improvidently Accepted Case on Whether a Physician-Employee Needs to Be Named in Medical...

In an interesting turn of events, the Supreme Court of Ohio dismissed Rush v. Univ. of Cincinnati Physicians, Inc. as improvidently accepted. The issue in the case was whether a physician-employee needs to be joined as a...more

Federal Court Retains Jurisdiction Over Action Stayed For Arbitration, Pre-Empting State Court

by Carlton Fields on

Following Davis’s filing of a federal lawsuit alleging state malpractice and breach of contract claims, as well as federal Fair Housing Act and Civil Rights Act claims, the Court ordered the action be stayed pending...more

Appellate Court Upholds Arbitration Award In Face Of Manifest Disregard Of Law And Public Policy Arguments

by Carlton Fields on

An arbitration panel entered an award in a legal malpractice matter in favor of the claimant and the attorneys and law firm moved to vacate the award. The district court denied the motion to vacate, and the Ninth Circuit...more

Attorney Letter Terminating Engagement May Not Constitute “Documentary Evidence” to Support Dismissal of Malpractice Case

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

CPLR 3211(a)(1) provides for the dismissal of a claim so long as the defense is based upon “documentary evidence”. We’ve seen this used successfully in mortgage note cases, (e.g., Bronxville Knolls, Inc. v. Webster Town...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules that Only Physicians – Not Their Staff – Can Obtain Informed Consent

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision will have a major impact on how physicians across the Commonwealth obtain informed consent from their patients. In Shinal v. Toms, 2017 WL 2655387 (Pa. June 20, 2017), the 4-3...more

Informed Consent Ruling May Affect Your Business

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, overturning a Superior Court’s order, ruled that a jury could not consider information provided by the physician’s qualified staff in deciding whether a physician obtained...more

The Doctor Is In – or Better Be to Satisfy PA’s New Informed Consent Requirements

With the increased presence of qualified staff members in a physician’s office and the constant time-pressure on physicians, many patients rely heavily on individuals other than the physician to answer questions about...more

Continuous Representation Rule Does Not Apply Merely Because Attorney Remains Counsel of Record

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Moonlight Enterprise, LLC v. Mroz, 2017 WL 1237947 (Va. March 30, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Virginia Supreme Court held that the continuous representation rule does not apply to an attorney who ceases to perform legal...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 3

by Butler Snow LLP on

Permissive Abstention: Part 1 of this blog series examined a bankruptcy court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a debtor’s legal malpractice claims. See, Part 1. Part 2 of this blog series focused on mandatory abstention...more

The High Court of Justice hands down judgment on professional negligence in tax avoidance schemes

by Dentons on

The High Court of Justice (in the case of Halsall and others v. Champion Consulting Ltd and others [2017] EWHC) has handed down judgment in a professional negligence claim arising out of failed tax avoidance schemes. HHJ...more

Delgado v. Manor Care of Tucson

Arizona Supreme Court Revises Test for APSA Claim - The Supreme Court has revised the test for determining if an actionable violation of the Adult Protective Services Act has occurred. A.R.S. § 46-451. The court...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 1

by Butler Snow LLP on

Because the number of unsatisfied clients who find themselves in bankruptcy are filing malpractice lawsuits against their pre-bankruptcy counsel is on the rise so, too, is the number of attorneys who find themselves on the...more

Robinson v. Azer

Plaintiff's Closing Argument in Jury Trial for Orthopedic Surgery Malpractice

An 82-year-old patient who underwent a total knee replacement surgery ended up with a black leg that had to be amputated above the knee. This is plaintiffs' closing argument in a two-week jury trial alleging medical...more

Fla. justices reject keystones of partisans’ plan to undercut patients’ rights

As congressional Republicans pursue their counter factual campaign this week to strip patients of their rights to pursue legal redress for harms they suffer while seeking medical services, the Florida Supreme Court has sent a...more

Medical Negligence - The new legal test in Singapore to determine the standard of a doctor's duty in advising his patient - A...

by Dentons on

The Singapore Court of Appeal has in its recent judgment in the case of Hii Chii Kok v Ooi Peng Jin London Lucien and another [2017] SGCA 38 (Hii Chii Kok v London Lucien Ooi) delivered on 12 May 2017, decided that the Bolam...more

Anything Goes: Indiana Supreme Court Holds Malpractice Claimants Not Limited to Theories Presented to Medical Review Panel

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act requires that before claimants may bring a malpractice action against qualified healthcare providers in court, their claims must be reviewed by a medical review panel (“panel”). The panel...more

In urgent matters disciplinary decisions may be released in summarized form, in anticipation of the final elaborated decision...

by Dentons on

"Cup-tail decisions": now also at the disciplinary court! In short proceedings, prosecutors regularly, because of the urgency of the dispute in question, make a verdict in which only the decision (the so-called 'dictum')...more

Trial Court Committed Error in Excluding Evidence of Future Affordable Care Act Benefits in Medical Malpractice Case

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Cuevas v. Contra Costa County - First Appellate District, Division One (April 27, 2017) - In an ordinary personal injury lawsuit, a defendant may not introduce evidence of amounts the plaintiff received from insurance...more

Florida Supreme Court Rulings Affecting Health Care Providers

by Wilson Elser on

It is well established that Florida physicians are required to report any adverse incident that occurs in their office to the Department of Health. Discovery of these reports is a patient’s constitutional right under Article...more

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