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The Supreme Court reinforces the SAAMCo Principle

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court in BPE Solicitors v. Hughes-Holland [2017] UKSC 21 (also known as Gabriel v. Little) has considered for the first time, and reinforced, the principles set out in the landmark professional negligence case of...more

The importance of aggregation clauses in professional clauses in professional indemnity insurance policies

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UK Supreme Court clarifies effect of aggregation wording: AIG Europe Limited v Woodman - In a long awaited judgment, which will affect all organisations with professional indemnity insurance, the Supreme Court has...more

An Arbitration Agreement That Attempts to Skew a Statutory Arbitration Scheme Is Void as Against Public Policy

Federal public policy favors arbitration and the broad interpretation and enforcement of arbitration agreements. So how can an arbitration agreement be held by a court to be void as against public policy? One answer from a...more

Indiana Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs May Present New Theories of Liability at Trial That Were Not Argued to the Medical Review...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In two decisions issued by the Indiana Court of Appeals on February 22, 2017, the Court held that a medical malpractice plaintiff may raise a new theory of liability in state court that was not previously argued to a medical...more

Your Patient Intake Forms May Need a Checkup

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On January 27, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that a physician and his practice could not enforce an arbitration agreement against a patient where the physician and his practice did not make full disclosure to...more

NC Fiduciaries Have a Duty to Explain Arbitration Agreements in Contracts

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The Supreme Court of North Carolina recently issued an opinion that could have a substantial impact on the enforceability of arbitration agreements when a fiduciary relationship exists, particularly in the context of consumer...more

Is there operating room for compulsory PI insurance

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Since its inception on 30 August 2010, the regulations requiring health professionals to have professional indemnity insurance have lain dormant in a state of moratorium, almost as a distant memory some do not wish to recall....more

Fourth Circuit Holds Staffing Agency Nurse to be Hospital Employee for Purposes of Liability Insurance

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Is a nurse employed by a staffing agency and temporarily assigned to work at a hospital considered an “employee” of the hospital and therefore entitled to coverage under the hospital’s liability insurance policy?...more

Businesses can refuse Subject Access Requests made for the dominant purpose of litigation

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The High Court has ruled that a business that receives a Subject Access Request ("SAR") can refuse to disclose the requested information in some cases, if the dominant purpose of the SAR is litigation. This appears to mark a...more

Fifth Circuit affirms $34 million verdict against legal malpractice carrier — exclusion, read literally, “renders the coverage...

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Readers of Law360 may recall a 2014 story about a Texas jury that rendered a $34 million dollar verdict against OneBeacon Insurance Company. According to Law360, the Jury found that OneBeacon “knowingly failed to attempt, in...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Dispute To Proceed In Court After Arbitration Dismissed For Failure To Pay Deposit

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In mid-June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion which holds that where an arbitration proceeding is dismissed because one side is unable to pay their share of the arbitration, the case may...more

Supreme Court of Nevada Holds That Legal Malpractice Claim Was Impermissibly Assigned

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Tower Homes, LLC v. Heaton, ___ P.3d ___, 2016 WL 4273578 (Nev. 2016) - Brief Summary - The Supreme Court of Nevada held that a bankruptcy trustee's stipulation and court's order permitting creditors to pursue the...more

10 Questions to Ask your Law Firm Vendor Management Program (Part 1)

Law firms providing mortgage servicer clients default-related legal services are vendors, and financial services companies need to treat them as such. Not only that, law firms often interact directly and continuously with...more

What Are Insurers Using for Excuses Not to Pay Claims?

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We have seen a recent rash of cases where defending insurers are stretching to new lengths to force their insureds to contribute substantially more that the deductible bargained for in the policy, often grasping at the straw...more

Illinois Appellate Court Holds That Legal Malpractice Claim Was Barred by Six-Year Statute of Repose, and Collateral Estoppel...

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Prospect Development, LLC, et al v. Donald Kreger and Schiff Hardin, 2016 IL App (1st) 150433 - Brief Summary - Plaintiff sued a lawyer and his law firm for alleged legal malpractice arising out of the collapse of a...more

Alert: Law Firms May Have Duty To Warn Clients of Possible Insurance Coverage

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

A recent decision by a New York State Appellate Court has again reminded law firm risk managers of a possible law firm obligation to clients, especially those recently served with a lawsuit. The Court held that defense...more

Health Alert (Australia) June 6, 2016

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 24 May 2016 - Zahedpur v Idameneo (No 123) Pty Ltd [2016] QCA 134 - Mr Zahedpur is a medical...more

Defence & Indemnity - April 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES

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General information of claims practices and company personnel obtained by an insurer’s in-house counsel is not the type of confidential information that will disqualify the lawyer from acting as Plaintiff’s counsel against...more

Education malpractice and student litigation: Achieving early dismissal

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

This post is the third in our three-part series on recent legal authority addressing the educational malpractice doctrine. As we noted in prior posts, we are examining this authority through the lens of “lessons learned,” and...more

No Closure Yet on the Issue of Aggregation of Claims Against Solicitors

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Court of Appeal in AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP (formerly The International Law Partnership LLP) has ordered a retrial of the question of whether actions brought by 214 investors in two failed holiday property schemes in...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - May 2016

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Conflicts of Interest — Subject Matter Conflicts — Can IP Attorneys Simultaneously Represent Two Clients That Are Prosecuting Patents for Similar Inventions? - Maling v. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner,...more

LSREF III Wight Ltd v Gateley LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 359

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The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in LSREF III Wight Ltd v. Gateley LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 359, a case which concerned what, if any damages had been caused by solicitors' negligence and whether the claimant had failed...more

Insurance Recovery Law - March 2016

High Times in the Insurance Industry: Colorado Federal Court Considers Coverage for Medical Marijuana Business - Why it matters: With legalized marijuana businesses booming, a new decision from a Colorado federal court...more

Business Litigation Reporter - February 2016

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Confidentiality Agreement Must be Expressly Preserved in New Employment Agreement. The decision in Meschino v. Frazier Industrial Co., 2015 WL 7295463, at *1 (D. Mass. Nov. 18, 2015) (Stearns, J.), underscores that an...more

Court Rules In Favor Of An Attorney Regarding Claims Arising From A Conflict of Interest

by Winstead PC on

In Fitts v. Richards-Smith, three brothers were riding in a car when the car hit another vehicle properly stopped in the road. 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 1542 (Tex. App.—Texarkana February 17, 2016, no pet. history). The driver was...more

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