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West Virginia Supreme Court- Medical Power of Attorney Does Not Have Power to Make Binding Legal Decisions for Incapacitated...

In May, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a decision in the Wanda Williams v. CMO Management, LLC case. Robert Thompson suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and resided at a nursing facility preceding his...more

Medical Litigation Newsletter - Spring 2016

Reducing Monetary Recovery in “Lost Chance Of [Medical] Recovery” Cases - In medical malpractice cases involving solely “iatrogenic” loss (e.g., harm of or relating to medical treatment), plaintiff bears the burden of...more

Premises Liability Claim Barred By Professional Negligence Statute of Limitations

In Catherine Flores v. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, the Supreme Court of California held that a claim for negligence in the maintenance of equipment and care needed to implement the doctor’s order concerning her...more

Bad News for ERISA Plan Reimbursements: Chase The Money Before Settlement Funds Dissipate, Supreme Court Rules

This just in…. A big debate was resolved today by the United States Supreme Court: Can an ERISA plan sue to recover medical expenses paid on the participant’s behalf after the settlement funds have dissipated?...more

Supreme Court Decides Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan, No. 14-723, holding that where an ERISA-plan participant has dissipated a third-party...more

Massachusetts Court: Patients Have Standing to Sue for Data Breach Based on Data Exposure Alone

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge held that a plaintiff has standing to sue for money damages based on the mere exposure of plaintiff’s private information in an alleged data breach. The court concluded that the plaintiff...more

Measuring Medical Expense Damages and the Role of the Collateral Source Rule

Two recent rulings illustrate the widely varying responses courts have taken in confronting an emerging national issue: how to measure damages for past medical expenses when the hospital’s treatment charges, before discounts...more

Equitable in Name Only?: Tracing a Long and Tortured Path

Knowingly spending money that isn’t yours sounds like a no-no, but depending on how the Supreme Court rules in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan (No. 14-723), certain ERISA...more

Health Alert (Australia) - November 16, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 11 November 2015 - Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Ltd v Compton [2015] FCA 1207 The Federal...more

Health Alert (Australia) - October 5, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Victoria. Epichealth Pty Ltd v Yang [2015] VSC 516 The Supreme Court has granted an interlocutory...more

Ky. Ruling Casts Doubt on Health Care Arbitration Agreements

Health care institutions in Kentucky may want to take a fresh look at their patient arbitration provisions, in light of a September 24 decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Out-of-state institutions may want to take a...more

Ask But Don’t Tell: Kentucky Allows Defendant to Seek Ex Parte Interviews of Plaintiff’s Treating Physicians

We walked into the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber’s room last night to find her packing for her return to college while the ignored TV blared in the background. Onscreen was a popular cable reality franchise involving...more

Preemption (and Other Things) Defanging Depakote Claims

It wasn’t a complete win, but the summary judgment outcome in Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2015 WL 4743056 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 10, 2015), has to put a spring in the step of the defendants as they...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 17, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales (NSW) 13 August 2015 - Waller v James [2015] NSWCA 232 The NSW...more

Appellate Court Restricts Vicarious Liability Of Hospitals

In a decision issued this week, the Connecticut Appellate Court rejected an argument that a hospital has a nondelegable duty to provide emergency care and thus is vicariously liable for the professional negligence of an...more

No Duty for Device Manufacturer to Provide Separate Warnings to Hospital, According to Washington Court of Appeals

We admit it. We (and “we,” in this instance, should be read in the singular) are fans of certain social media, particularly the one that involves “posting” on a “wall” then sitting back and basking in the “likes.” We tend...more

Medical Malpractice Damage Caps — A Balance of Justice

In a recent landmark decision for the citizens in the State of Florida, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals, the appellate court for Palm Beach, Broward, and the counties to their north, issued an opinion finding the...more

Louisiana Appellate Court Overturns Improper Application of “Law of the Case” Doctrine

Today is the day when we will learn whether the Governor of Louisiana will enter the 2016 presidential race. That reminds us of Louisiana’s rather colorful collection of politicians, including Huey Long and Edwin Edwards....more

MDL Court Agrees – Tincher Doesn’t Change Pennsylvania Drug/Device Law

Several months ago we responded with some disdain to recent plaintiff-side arguments we had seen claiming that the strict liability decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., 104 A.3d 328 (Pa. 2014), somehow altered...more

Emergency Physicians Ostensible Agents of Hospitals?

n Whitlow v. Rideout Memorial Hospital, plaintiffs alleged that the hospital should be held responsible in a wrongful death suit for the actions of an emergency room physician who had failed to diagnose and treat a brain...more

Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Claims

In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s computer system was hacked, resulting in the disclosure of sensitive personal information of current and former employees, including names, addresses, birthdates, social...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Fees and Costs Not Deductible From Health Care Lien

Yesterday, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court resolved an important question for the health care industry. In an unanimous opinion by Justice Mary Jane Theis, the Court held in McVey v. M.L.K. Enterprises, LLC that a health...more

What Does Pharmacogenomics Have To Do With Product Liability? – Potentially Everything

Recently, Bexis attended the DRI drug and device committee spring conference. Among other things he heard a bang-up presentation on genomics and personalized (also known as “precision”) medicine from Paige Sensenbrenner. On...more

Torts – Effect of Howell Decision on C.C.P. § 998 Offers

Lena Lee, et al. v. Joseph M. Silveira, et al. - Court Of Appeal, Fifth District (May 15, 2015) - A personal injury plaintiff is entitled to recover expert witness fees and pre-judgment interest if the...more

Hospital Says Injury Was Malpractice, Plaintiff Insists It Wasn’t

Here’s an interesting riddle. When a plaintiff sues a hospital for an injury, why would the hospital insist the injury was caused by malpractice? Even more puzzlingly, why would the plaintiff insist she was not the victim...more

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