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Plaintiff’s Expert Physician Deemed Not Competent to Testify as to the Standard of Care Applicable to Hospitals

In Lattimore v. Dickey (2015 S.O.S. 4448 – filed August 21, 2015), the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District held that plaintiff’s expert physician’s declaration was insufficient to create a triable issue of...more

Party Waived Untimely Defense To Arbitration, Notwithstanding Party’s Claim That Counsel Committed Malpractice

The court confirmed an arbitration decision awarding damages in favor of workers compensation insurers against various insured employee-staffing companies. One of the defendant companies contended that it never executed the...more

Insurance Limits and Case Value - A Clear Correlation? [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Medical PL Symposium session “Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: Do Limits Increase Claims Values?,” moderator Jonathan S. Ziss, Esq. (Goldberg Segalla) and plaintiffs' attorney Michael F. Barrett, Esq. (Barrett...more

CA Supreme Court Expands Scope of Lawyers’ Statute of Limitations to Non-Legal Malpractice Claims – Confusion Predicted for Law...

In Lee v. Hanley (S220775 – Filed 8/20/2015), the California Supreme Court clarified the meaning of Code of Civil Procedure section 340.6 by holding that its limitations period applies to claims against attorneys “whose...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

Taking A Proactive Approach to Cyber Security [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Professional Risk Symposium session “The Wild, Wild Future: Privacy & Data Security Exposures,” moderator Regan Miller, RPLU (Wortham Insurance & Risk Management) and panelists Bryan F. Thornton...more

Between Scylla and Charybids: The Mediation Privilege and Legal Malpractice Claims

I attended a mediation earlier this month in a real estate case. I won’t say more through because . . . well . . . it’s confidential. The confidentiality of mediations and of settlement discussions generally – the idea...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

7 Signs You Might Be a Victim of Medical Malpractice

Doctors and other healthcare professionals are often your most trusted confidants and supporters. Their goal should always be to promote your health and well-being, and to provide well-researched and experienced diagnosis,...more

Underwriting: Art or Science? [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Professional Risk Symposium session “Inside the Underwriter's Studio,” moderator Carrie Brodzinski (XL Group) and panelists Lynn Halper (PartnerRe), Rob Schueler (Travelers) and Ziad Kubursi, RPLU...more

EHR: Improving Care or Complicating Litigation?

Electronic Health Records (EHR) were generally promised to decrease costs and improve health-care outcomes. Setting aside whether those promises were well founded, EHR have posed new challenges for litigators. What makes...more

Medical PL Risks in Retail Healthcare [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Medical PL Symposium session “Healthcare Access in Your Big Box Store,” moderator Kathy Shostek (Sedgwick Inc.) and panelists Kevin L. O’Brien (Arch Insurance) and Alice Epstein (CNA Financial) discuss the...more

Physician Considerations When Prescribing Medical Marijuana [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Medical PL Symposium session “Coming to You: Medical Marijuana MedPL Exposures,” Doris C. Gunderson, MD of Colorado Physician Health Services discusses the major questions physicians should consider before...more

DOJ Report Clears Agency From Unlawful Behavior Charges in Operation Choke Point

Why it matters A new report from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) found that agency attorneys did not engage in professional misconduct by improperly targeting objectionable...more

Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District Upholds Missouri Statute Requiring Plaintiff to Submit a Health Care Affidavit of...

Austin v. Schiro, Slip Opinion, WD78085 (Mo.App. W.D. May 26, 2015) - The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, affirmed a trial court decision dismissing a plaintiff’s medical negligence action, without...more

Medical Liability Reform – Iowa’s Communication and Optimal Resolution (Candor) Bill Effective July 1, 2015

On July 1, 2015, the Iowa legislature rolled out what is being heralded as its most significant medical liability reform of the past decade: enabling confidential “open discussions” between health care providers and patients...more

Can We Talk? Florida Court Rejects Latest Challenge to Med Mal Presuit Authorization Law

In the latest challenge to a Florida law designed to promote early settlement of meritorious medical malpractice claims, the Florida First District Court of Appeal recently rejected a plaintiff’s arguments that 2013...more

The Perils of an Attorney Joining a Corporate Board

From time to time, attorneys are asked to serve as corporate directors or officers. Watch out—there may be some serious perils involved for the attorney and his or her law firm....more

Out-of-State M&A Lawyer Can Be Sued In California

Many M&A transactions are negotiated across state lines.  When an out-of-state lawyer misrepresents facts in a phone call and email to a lawyer in California, do those communications render the foreign lawyer amenable to suit...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

Health Alert (Australia) - July 20, 2015

In This Issue: New South Wales (NSW). 14 July 2015 - Ping Yuan v Da Yong Chen [2015] NSWSC 932 The New South Wales Supreme Court has made a declaration allowing an unconscious man's wife to consent to the...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 13, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: United Kingdom (UK) 7 July 2015 - Ross v A [2015] EWCOP 46 The England and Wales Court of Protection has held that a...more

Insurance and Reinsurance Newsletter - Italy: July 2015

1. Solvency II - Insurance Code Amended - Legislative Decree No. 74 of 12 May 2015 was published in the Official Gazette on 15 June 2015, which has made all necessary amendments to the Insurance Code in order to...more

Supreme Court of Missouri Upholds 10-Year Statute of Repose for Foreign-Object Medical Malpractice Claims

Ambers-Phillips v. SSM DePaul Health Center, 2015 WL 1926012 (Mo.banc. April 28, 2015) - The Supreme Court of Missouri, en banc, affirmed a trial court’s decision to dismiss a plaintiff’s foreign-object medical...more

Feds Go After Websites Selling Suspect Medicine and Devices

Partnering with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, the FDA last month put the screws to more than 1,000 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous drugs and medical devices directly to consumers....more

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