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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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Court Dismisses Insurance Fair Conduct Act Claims

In a rare victory for insurers, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington dismissed Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) claims against Evanston Insurance Company. Washington’s IFCA provides a statutory...more

MA Supreme Court Issues Highly Anticipated Patent Ethics Decision

Simultaneous representation by a law firm in the prosecution of patents for two clients for similar inventions is not a per se violation of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct. On December 23, in Chris E....more

Massachusetts Court Clears Patent Prosecutors of Malpractice Claims Arising From Representation of Clients in Same Technology Area

On December 23, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a legal malpractice suit finding that, “simultaneous representation by a law firm in the prosecution of patents for two...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Contours of In Pari Delicto Doctrine

The Delaware Supreme Court, in a recent order affirming the opinion of the Delaware Court of Chancery, provided clear guidance about when third-party corporate advisers may raise the in pari delicto defense as a shield to...more

NJ Supreme Court Upholds Insurer’s Right to Rescind When Professional Liability Insurance Is Procured by Fraud

On December 1, 2015, in DeMarco v. Stoddard, the New Jersey Supreme Court, in a 5–2 decision, reversed an Appellate Division decision, DeMarco v. Stoddard, 434 N.J. Super. 352 (App Div. 2014), and held in favor of the...more

Settlement Agreement Precludes Consideration of Order Criticizing Attorney Conduct - Tesco Corp. v. Nat’l Oilwell Varco, L.P.

Addressing for the first time the effect of a settlement agreement on an appeal from an order criticizing two attorneys’ conduct, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that the intervening settlement...more

High Noon at the Train Station: Social Media and Modern E-Discovery

Most people take time zones for granted these days, but it was this week in 1883 that railroad companies in both Canada and the United States started using four continental time zones. Until then, time was local, based on...more

Medical Device Manufacturers as "Health Care Providers"

We’ve read a fascinating new case out of Texas, Verticor, Ltd. v. Wood, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2015 WL 7166024, No. 03-14-00277-CV, slip op. (Tex. App. Nov. 13, 2015), posing the question whether a medical device company can be a...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

Judge Severs Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

In November 2011, a Maryland woman underwent surgery at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Maryland where Dr. Jeffrey Welgoss implanted her with a sling manufactured by Ethicon. The patient asserts that she continued to experience...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36382, AC36387 - Hilton v. Commissioner of Correction - AC36922 - Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co. v. Pasiak - This was Round Three of a case previously reported on. An...more

Colorado Ethics Committee Issues New Guidance On The Use Of Social Media For Investigative Purposes

The Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee recently clarified the ethical boundaries associated with attorney use of social media for litigation. Formal Opinion 127 (Opinion), issued in September 2015, addresses certain...more

Product Liability Update - October 2015

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds Proof of Testing of Proposed Alternative Design Not Required in Design Defect Claim, Evidence Plaintiff Ignored Defendant’s Warnings Did Not Establish He Was Sole Proximate Cause of Injury on...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Decision Serves As A Reminder To Engage Necessary Experts Early In The Case

A recent Rhode Island Supreme Court decision serves as an important reminder of the need to engage essential expert witnesses early in a case and, at a minimum, before discovery responses are due....more

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