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Illinois Supreme Court Debates Damages Measures for Malpractice in Securities Cases

Our reports on the oral arguments from the May term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with Goldfine v. Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum and Perlman. Goldfine poses a number of issues about legal malpractice actions arising...more

Undoing MICRA

It has been over thirty-five years since California became a leader in healthcare reform, addressing the malpractice insurance crisis in a measured way. In 1975, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (“MICRA”) capped...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Supreme Court’s Janus Ruling Not Applicable in Criminal Cases

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals this week rejected the bid of a securities lawyer to vacate his guilty plea on the ground that the conduct to which he pled guilty was no longer criminal under the U.S. Supreme Court’s...more

Florida Supreme Court’s Decision in McCall v. U.S:

- Determined that the statutory caps on wrongful death non-economic damages (i.e., mental pain and suffering) provided in Section 766.118, Florida Statutes were unconstitutional because they violated the right to equal...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds Statutory Cap on Non-Economic Wrongful Death Damages in Medical Malpractice Actions Violates the...

In Estate of Michelle Evette McCall, et. al. v. United States of America, SC11-1148 (Fla. 2014), the Florida Supreme Court decided the following certified question: Does The Statutory Cap On Wrongful Death Noneconomic...more

Health Care Case Law Update

Health Care Authority for Baptist Health v. Davis, --- So. 3d. ----, 2013 WL 2149493 (Ala. Feb. 28, 2014). - The Supreme Court of Alabama reversed itself on re-hearing of its May 2013 opinion to affirm a judgment for a...more

Illinois Supreme Court Handing Down Bartlow and Evanston Insurance on Friday Morning

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that it will file opinions in two civil cases on Friday morning at 10 a.m. The cases and issues presented are...more

Potential Liability for Wrongful-Birth Claims

On Nov. 14, 2012, in Sernovitz v. Dershaw, 2012 Pa. Super. 248 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2012), the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that 42 Pa.S.C.A. § 8305, which prohibited the tort claims of wrongful birth and wrongful life, was...more

Court Invalidates Exception to Tolling Provision for Medical Malpractice Cases Brought by Minors

In Schroeder v. Weighall, 2014 WL 172665 (Wa., Jan. 16, 2014), the Washington Supreme Court invalidated another portion of Washington’s medical malpractice reform legislation. Specifically, the court invalidated RCW...more

Florida High Court to Examine Retroactive Application of Noneconomic Damages Cap in Med Mal Cases

On October 15, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a case to decide whether the retroactive application of the cap on noneconomic damages for certain medical malpractice cases found in section 766.118, Florida...more

Hospitals & Medical Staff Take Notice: HCQIA Immunity Is Not Given, It's Earned.

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Act of 1986 ("HCQIA") is a federal law enacted to establish a national tracking system of healthcare practitioners with a history of medical malpractice payments or adverse actions. A...more

Florida Supreme Court Poised Again to Clarify the Scope of the Discovery of Records of Adverse Medical Incidents

The Florida Supreme Court has accepted review of the Third District’s decision in Ampuero-Martinez v. Cedars Healthcare Group, 88 So. 3d 190 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000), (Case Nos. SC11-2208 and SC11-2336), which will decide when the...more

Florida High Court Upholds Florida's Birth Injury Compensation Plan (NICA)

Last term, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a state plan that provides up to $100,000 to the parents or legal guardians of an infant found to have sustained a birth-related neurological injury. See...more

Florida Legislature Reforms Medical Malpractice Laws

Effective July 1, 2013, the Florida Senate passed legislation that clarifies when a non-defendant physician may retain legal representation when called as a witness and limited who may qualify as an expert witness in medical...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down tort reform legislation passed in 2009

On June 4, 2013, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck all statutes that were passed in 2009 as the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act (CLRA), finding the statutes violate the Oklahoma Constitution. The court entered two decisions....more

Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Punitive Damages Statute

This week's post explores last week's Indiana Supreme Court decision State v. Doe that upheld the punitive damages statutory cap and allocation of 75% of any award to the state. We also take a look at what this decision...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Five Civil Cases In May

On Tuesday, the Illinois Supreme Court announced its oral argument calendar for the May term, and it includes arguments in five civil cases. The cases, with the questions presented in each, are...more

Supreme Court Rules that a State Court Has Jurisdiction over a Legal Malpractice Claim Involving a Federal Patent Issue

The Supreme Court of the United States, in Gunn v. Minton, determined that a Texas state court had jurisdiction over a legal malpractice claim, even though resolving the claim required the state court to address an issue of...more

Malpractice Cases Against Patent Lawyers Stay in State Court, as Supreme Court Continues to Refine Reach of Grable

In the course of deciding that malpractice cases against patent lawyers belong in state courts (when there is no diversity of citizenship), the United States Supreme Court has issued an important ruling on the scope of...more

Supreme Court Holds That Patent Legal Malpractice Claims Do Not “Arise Under” The Patent Laws and May Be Heard in State Court

On February 20, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision addressing the critical question of where plaintiffs can or must sue when their claims implicate patent law but are not traditional patent law claims. See Gunn v....more

Gunn v. Minton (2013)

A patent issue exerted its Circe-like effect on the Supreme Court again today in Gunn v. Minton, a decision overruling the Texas Supreme Court on the question of whether the existence of a patent issue in a legal malpractice...more

Tort Reform Limiting Medical Malpractice Awards in Texas: It Ain’t Workin’

Health care costs in Texas did not drop after passage of a 2003 constitutional amendment limiting medical malpractice awards, despite promises made to voters by tort reform supporters....more

Religious Institutions: August 2012 Update

In the 1990s, plaintiffs brought clergy malpractice and professional negligence claims against ministers, churches and denominations. The claims required allegations that a clergy member failed to exercise the standard of...more

The Enduring Myth of Medical Malpractice Reform

Sometimes it seems like the drive to control the amount of damages awarded for medical malpractice is on some kind of political message loop. Often called “tort reform,” it frequently is fodder in election campaigns, and is...more

Thayer v. Kabateck Brown Keller LLP: Law Firm Prevails on Anti-SLAPP Motion Against Non-Client Who Sued the Firm in Connection...

On the appeal of a ruling on an anti-SLAPP motion, the California Court of Appeal (First Appellate District, Division Two) recently held that a plaintiff had no standing to sue a law firm for its alleged improper handling of...more

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