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No Rules, Just Be Right? The ABA's New Technology Ethics Opinion

by JD Supra Perspectives on

On the heels of the recent Petya ransomware attack, which infected DLA Piper's IT systems, a superb analysis by Peter Norman of the ABA's Formal Opinion 17-477R on lawyers' ethical responsibilities when using information...more

Making Informed Decisions About Informed Consent

by Snell & Wilmer on

Patients have come to expect that they will be actively involved in making decisions about their health care. Informed consent aids patient involvement and provides a process whereby a health care provider discusses a...more

Maine Court Holds That Expert Testimony is Required to Prove Causation in Legal Malpractice Action

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Brooks v. Lemieux, 2017 WL 1056194 (Me. 2017) - Brief Summary - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently held that expert testimony based on supporting facts in the record was required to prove causation between an...more

A New Hurdle for Medical Malpractice Claimants: Legislation Establishing Medical Review Panels Takes Effect in Kentucky

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a step toward tort reform, on June 29, 2017, Senate Bill 4 was signed into law and went into effect in Kentucky as KRS 216C.005 et seq., establishing a requirement that all potential medical malpractice lawsuits first be...more

Keeping the Lights On For Your Ancillary Proceeding in Federal Court: When “Dismissed Without Prejudice” Means “Stayed”

Do you ever have days when you are not your most eloquent self, the words come out in a jumble, or they are just not precisely what you intended? So do trial judges. But appeals courts seem to understand....more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $1.5 Billion Malpractice Claim Filed by Lenders Against Borrower's Law Firm Because it Owed...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Oakland Police & Fire Ret. Sys. v. Mayer Brown, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 11522, ___ F.3d ___ (7th Cir. 2017) - Brief Summary - Plaintiffs filed a putative class action against the defendant, a law firm that represented a...more

Damages in Illinois Medical Malpractice Cases Not Limited

by Howard Ankin on

There are no limits on medical malpractice damages amounts in Illinois in cases that have occurred since 2010. This means that the victims of medical malpractice might be able to recover damages that fairly compensate them...more

The Supreme Court of Ohio Dismisses as Improvidently Accepted Case on Whether a Physician-Employee Needs to Be Named in Medical...

In an interesting turn of events, the Supreme Court of Ohio dismissed Rush v. Univ. of Cincinnati Physicians, Inc. as improvidently accepted. The issue in the case was whether a physician-employee needs to be joined as a...more

More on King v. Bryant and Health Care Arbitration Agreements

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As discussed in an earlier article, the North Carolina Supreme Court recently held, in King v. Bryant, that physicians have a fiduciary relationship with their patients due to the special relationship of trust and confidence...more

Federal Court Retains Jurisdiction Over Action Stayed For Arbitration, Pre-Empting State Court

by Carlton Fields on

Following Davis’s filing of a federal lawsuit alleging state malpractice and breach of contract claims, as well as federal Fair Housing Act and Civil Rights Act claims, the Court ordered the action be stayed pending...more

Wisconsin appeals court rejects legal changes that GOP seeks nationally

Even as congressional Republicans advance their counter-factual campaign to strip patients who have been harmed while seeking medical services of their rights to seek legal redress, another state appeals court has rejected...more

What are the root causes of medical negligence?

Operating on the wrong extremity. Leaving a piece of equipment inside a patient after surgery. Failing to diagnose an illness. All are nightmare situations for a patient. But all are among the most-common types of medical...more

Appellate Court Upholds Arbitration Award In Face Of Manifest Disregard Of Law And Public Policy Arguments

by Carlton Fields on

An arbitration panel entered an award in a legal malpractice matter in favor of the claimant and the attorneys and law firm moved to vacate the award. The district court denied the motion to vacate, and the Ninth Circuit...more

Attorney Letter Terminating Engagement May Not Constitute “Documentary Evidence” to Support Dismissal of Malpractice Case

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

CPLR 3211(a)(1) provides for the dismissal of a claim so long as the defense is based upon “documentary evidence”. We’ve seen this used successfully in mortgage note cases, (e.g., Bronxville Knolls, Inc. v. Webster Town...more

Health Alert (Australia) 27 June 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 22 June 2017 - Dorris Maharaj v Northern Health [2017] FWC 2997 - Application for relief from unfair dismissal – dismissal harsh,...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules that Only Physicians – Not Their Staff – Can Obtain Informed Consent

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision will have a major impact on how physicians across the Commonwealth obtain informed consent from their patients. In Shinal v. Toms, 2017 WL 2655387 (Pa. June 20, 2017), the 4-3...more

Informed Consent Ruling May Affect Your Business

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, overturning a Superior Court’s order, ruled that a jury could not consider information provided by the physician’s qualified staff in deciding whether a physician obtained...more

The Doctor Is In – or Better Be to Satisfy PA’s New Informed Consent Requirements

With the increased presence of qualified staff members in a physician’s office and the constant time-pressure on physicians, many patients rely heavily on individuals other than the physician to answer questions about...more

Continuous Representation Rule Does Not Apply Merely Because Attorney Remains Counsel of Record

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Moonlight Enterprise, LLC v. Mroz, 2017 WL 1237947 (Va. March 30, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Virginia Supreme Court held that the continuous representation rule does not apply to an attorney who ceases to perform legal...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 3

by Butler Snow LLP on

Permissive Abstention: Part 1 of this blog series examined a bankruptcy court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a debtor’s legal malpractice claims. See, Part 1. Part 2 of this blog series focused on mandatory abstention...more

The High Court of Justice hands down judgment on professional negligence in tax avoidance schemes

by Dentons on

The High Court of Justice (in the case of Halsall and others v. Champion Consulting Ltd and others [2017] EWHC) has handed down judgment in a professional negligence claim arising out of failed tax avoidance schemes. HHJ...more

Delgado v. Manor Care of Tucson

Arizona Supreme Court Revises Test for APSA Claim - The Supreme Court has revised the test for determining if an actionable violation of the Adult Protective Services Act has occurred. A.R.S. § 46-451. The court...more

Elder Abuse: Caregivers are susceptible to the stress

Dealing with an aging parent brings about an emotional anguish that is as sad as it is stressful. Depending on the level of care a loved one requires – does he or she need help doing the laundry and preparing a meal or...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 2

by Butler Snow LLP on

Part 1 of this blog series examined a bankruptcy court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a debtor’s legal malpractice claims. Recognizing that bankruptcy courts typically retain related to jurisdiction over legal...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 1

by Butler Snow LLP on

Because the number of unsatisfied clients who find themselves in bankruptcy are filing malpractice lawsuits against their pre-bankruptcy counsel is on the rise so, too, is the number of attorneys who find themselves on the...more

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