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Some quick updates on stories I have been following: SENTENCING FOR DEADLY PAIN-MEDS DOC: An Orange County, CA., physician has been sentenced to 30 years to life imprisonment. She was convicted of murder for her...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 25, 2016

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 15 January 2016 - Lawrence v Calvary Home Care Services Ltd [2016] FWC 175 This...more

Consequences of reducing value of a claim to pay a reduced court fee – held an abuse of process

In Lewis and others v Ward Hadaway (A Firm) [2015] EWHC 3503 (Ch) the High Court has reminded parties to litigation that where a claimant party is found to have deliberately sought to avoid paying the correct court fee...more

Court of Appeals Overturns Defense Verdict In Medical Malpractice Conditional Consent Case: Carter v. The Pain Center of Arizona

After a fall, Carter met with Dr. Towns, who recommended a sacrococcygeal ligament injection for her pain. When Carter expressed anxiety about the injection, Towns offered to sedate her for the procedure. When Carter returned...more

Georgia Appellate Court Holds Malpractice Coverage Suit Must Be Arbitrated

The Court of Appeals of Georgia recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling compelling arbitration in a malpractice coverage dispute. McLarens Young International Inc. (McLarens) and American Safety Casualty Insurance Company...more

Employing the term "family" in trust instruments and trust-related legislation is asking for trouble

Employing the term “family” in trust instruments and trust-related legislation is asking for trouble. In §8.15.6 of Loring and Rounds: A Trustee’s Handbook (2016) the authors explain why the meaning of the term in a given...more

Diagnosing the Causes of Medical Malpractice

A patient visits their physician in a time of great need. Whether for treating a back injury, or removing a cancerous tumor, a patient must be able to trust their physician with their health. In some cases, their very lives...more

Illinois Appellate Court Reinforces Rule Providing Immunity to Attorneys for Errors in Judgment

Judgmental immunity is alive and well in Illinois. Navar v. Tribler, Orpett & Meyer, P.C., 2015 WL 6163619 (Ill. App. Ct. Oct. 19, 2015). A recent Illinois appellate court decision held that a rule affording...more

Avoiding the Upsurge in Trust, Probate and Estate Planning Malpractice

The number of lawsuits against trust, probate and estate planning attorneys has significantly increased over the last several years. Today, trust, probate and estate planing attorneys are charged with legal malpractice and...more

"Auditors Must Beware the Consequences of Settling SEC Enforcement Actions"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched “Operation Broken Gate” in October 2013 to hold accountable those auditors who have intentionally or negligently violated professional auditing or accounting standards....more

When do healthcare defendants want to be accused of malpractice?

Most injury or wrongful death cases against hospitals, health care facilities, and health care practitioners are governed by the procedures in Fla. Stat. 766, also known as the Medical Malpractice Act. This Act itself is...more

Louisiana Medmal Removals – It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Back in September, we reported on Flagg v. Stryker Corp., 801 F.3d 456 (5th Cir. 2015), which reversed a nearly ten-year trend in Louisiana product liability litigation recognizing diversity jurisdiction where plaintiffs...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 18, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales 14 January 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Athour [2016] NSWCATOD 5 The New South Wales...more

FDA Not Sure About Essure

Medical doctors have a great deal of responsibility placed upon them. After years of training and practice, they are expected to have the skill and ability to identify symptoms and translate that into a diagnosis. That...more

Mississippi Plaintiff Defeated By Improper Construction of “Amend As A Matter Of Course” Rule

We spent the past weekend in Cleveland, visiting a dear law school friend of whom we see much too little. Cleveland deserves more press as a travel destination. It boasts beautiful architecture, (including spectacular...more

Workers' Compensation Update: Recouping Workers' Compensation Costs In A Subsequent Medical Malpractice Case

Suppose an employee with a work-related knee injury needs a total knee replacement. During surgery, however, the popliteal artery is inadvertently severed, leading to a medical malpractice claim against the operating doctor...more

Reps & Warranties Insurance on the Rise [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Conference session “Playing to Win – Strategic Use of Reps & Warranties Insurance,” panelist Matthew Heinz (Aon Transaction Solutions) discusses reasons why reps and warranties insurance is being purchased...more

Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Quarterly - Winter 2015-2016

DELAWARE MOVES TO MAKE TELEMEDICINE MORE ACCESSIBLE - On July 7, 2015, Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill No. 69 (DE LEGIS 80 (2015), 2015 Delaware Laws Ch. 80 (H.B. 69)), which amends various provisions of...more

No Per Se Ethical Violation for "Subject Matter Conflicts"

Maling v. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP - In a case that was watched by the entire patent law community with some fascination, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts concluded on December 23,...more

Where in the World are the D&O Claims? [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Conference session “Where in the World are the (D&O) Claims?,” moderator Jennifer O’Neill (Allianz Global & Corporate Specialty) and panelist Stephen Shepherd (Zurich Insurance Company) discuss D&O trends...more

Trends in Whistleblower Litigation [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Conference session “Unfinished Laws? An Update on Dodd-Frank, The JOBS Act, Etc.,” panelist Sharie Brown, Esq. (Troutman Sanders LLP) discusses trends in whistleblower litigation. If D&O insurance issues...more

NC Business Court Revokes Pro Hac Vice Admission Of Out Of State Lawyer

Judge McGuire came down pretty hard on a Florida attorney admitted pro hac vice (meaning "for this one particular occasion") by another Superior Court Judge, in McCarthy v. Hampton, 2016NCBC 4. He revoked the lawyer's...more

California Court Of Appeal Issues A Utilization Review Determination To Watch

The Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal issued its determination in a dispute over utilization review in its opinion of January 5, 2016, Kirk King et al. v. CompPartners, Inc. et al, 2016 S. O. S. In...more

Corridors - January 2016 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

Final Stark Rule Changes Adopt New Exceptions For Hospitals and Significant Clarifications - In the Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule with Comment Period for calendar year 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

How Common are Medication Errors in Surgery?

New Study Shows Drug Errors Common During Surgeries - Medication errors occur during surgery much more often than most of us would expect. A recent report from CBS News indicated that doctors make medication errors in...more

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