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SC19297 - DiLieto v. County Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, P.C. - Plaintiff received a jury verdict of $4.5 million in this medical malpractice action due to the wrongful removal of certain organs. The plaintiff was...more

$6 Million Verdict for SOX Whistleblower Leads to Malpractice Suit Against Defense Counsel

Playboy Enterprises is suing its former defense counsel Sheppard Mullin after being hit with a $6 million jury verdict in a SOX whistleblower case, the highest jury award in a SOX case to date. In Zulfer v. Playboy...more

NJ Appeals Court Upends Nursing Home Negligence Suit

In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for long-term care litigation, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that § 30:13-4.2 of the Nursing Home Responsibilities and Residents’ Rights Act (NHA) does...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Innocent Misrepresentation on Malpractice Renewal Grounds for Rescission

A law firm partner innocently repeats a misrepresentation by one of his or her partners on a renewal form for the firm’s malpractice insurance. Can the misrepresentation be grounds for completely rescinding the policy? On...more

No Active State Supervision, No Antitrust Immunity for North Carolina State Dental Board

On February 25, 2015, in a 6-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) decision finding that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (Board), although a state...more

Does Med Mal Statute of Limitations Apply to Indemnification Claims?

Last week the South Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing the issue whether an indemnification claim is subject to that state’s medical malpractice statute of limitations, when the claim is for recovery of a...more

Professional Liability Alert: Non-MICRA Statutes of Limitations Can Toll MICRA Limitations Periods

In Coastal Surgical Institute v. Blevins (B254787, filed 1/12/15) the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, held that the tolling provisions of Insurance Code section 11583 apply to the one-year limitations...more

Supreme Court Confirms That Trustees Are Liable Only For Loss Caused Due To Breach

Mark Redler & Co Solicitors (Mark Redler) acted for both the claimant bank, AIB Group (UK) Plc (AIB), and the borrowers on a GBP 3.3 million loan. In return for the loan, AIB was supposed to secure a first legal charge over...more

Can Attorneys be Held Liable for Damages to the Adverse Client?

On October 9, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case of Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich. The case deals with the interesting question of whether attorneys can be held liable for damages to...more

MICRA’s Cap on Noneconomic Damages Does Not Apply to Joint Tortfeasor’s Pre-Trial Settlement to Offset Damages Award at Trial

In Rashidi v. Moser (No. S214430, filed 12/15/2014), the California Supreme Court held that in medical professional negligence cases, the noneconomic damages cap applies only to the amount of damages awarded to a plaintiff in...more

Awards of Attorneys’ Fees: How to Determine Whether Your Case “Arises Out of Contract” Under Arizona’s Fee Statute

Evaluating risk before mediation or trial often requires an assessment of whether the prevailing party will be awarded its attorneys’ fees. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 12-341.01, attorney fees are only awarded when the action...more

"Damages" in an Injury Lawsuit: An Introduction for Lay People [Video]

Anyone who has survived a serious injury caused by someone else's fault wants to know what the legal system provides by way of hard dollars. In this video, attorney Alfred Clarke explains the different types of "damages" an...more

Illinois Supreme Court Adopts Measure of Malpractice Damages in Securities Cases

Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its unanimous decision in a case being closely watched by the local bar associations – Goldfine v. Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Perlman. Goldfine involved the issue of...more

Fewer Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Means Victims Go Uncompensated

Notable Declines in Medical Negligence Litigation - Medical malpractice laws exist so that victims of negligence can seek financial compensation for their injuries. When a healthcare professional behaves negligently,...more

Blurring the Lines between False Claims Act Litigation and Putative Federal Malpractice Law: The DOJ Quietly Invokes “Worthless...

On October 10, 2014, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a civil settlement agreement (the “Settlement”) with Extendicare Heath Services, Inc. and its subsidiary Progress Step Corporation (collectively,...more

“Uncollectibility” Is an Affirmative Defense to Legal Malpractice Claims in Washington

The Washington Supreme Court addressed two issues of first impression regarding legal malpractice claims in Schmidt v. Coogan, No. 88460-9, (October 9, 2014) and held: (1) that “uncollectibility” is an affirmative defense to...more

Doctors, Lawyers and the Controversial Prop 46

What's the most controversial measure on California's November ballot? The insurance regulation bill, Prop 45, may be a good contender – but more than likely the controversy over Proposition 46 will win the contest hands...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC18974 - Weaver v. McKnight - An important evidentiary ruling in this Med Mal case. After holding that an OBGY Board Certified Doctor acting as the plaintiff’s expert witness should have been allowed to opine on the...more

Court decides when statute of limitations for "wrongful act or omission" against counsel begins

In Lee v. Hanley the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District decided an issue concerning the interpretation of the one-year statute of limitations relating to allegations of wrongdoing in the performance of...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC18942, SC18993, SC18994 - Perry v. Perry - Attorney appointed for a minor child cannot appeal the trial court’s award of only a portion of her fees w/o trial court permission. But that same attorney has personal...more

Understanding the Relationship Between Medicare and Medicaid Liens and Litigation

Behind many personal injury and professional malpractice cases lurks a nagging reality that will almost always impact settlement negotiations – a Medicare or Medicaid lien. In general, a lien is a security interest granted...more

Federal Judge Concludes Restitution May Be Covered Under Commonly Used Professional Liability Policy Language

A federal judge in Minnesota recently held that “restitution” paid to settle a class action lawsuit was covered under the terms of a professional liability policy. The court in U.S. Bank National Ass’n et al. v. Indian Harbor...more

U.S. Bank v. Indian Harbor: Another Blow to the Restitution/Disgorgement Defense

In recent years, purchasers of D&O and professional liability insurance have been stunned to learn that their carriers have denied coverage for a wide range of claims on the theory that their policies do not cover loss that...more

Massachusetts Court Holds No Coverage Under Lawyers’ Malpractice Policy for 93A Claim

In its recent decision in Am. Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co. v. Lamond, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103117 (D. Mass. July 29, 2014), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider what portion...more

Trial Court's Calculation of Lodestar Is Affirmed

In Syers Properties III, Inc. v. Rankin the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s grant of an award of attorney fees. The appellant contended that the trial court should not...more

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