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ABA Issues New Guidance on Safeguarding Electronic Communications

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a significant opinion published on May 11, 2017, the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility provided additional guidance on a lawyer's obligations to protect client...more

Anything Goes: Indiana Supreme Court Holds Malpractice Claimants Not Limited to Theories Presented to Medical Review Panel

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act requires that before claimants may bring a malpractice action against qualified healthcare providers in court, their claims must be reviewed by a medical review panel (“panel”). The panel...more

Exposé: Illegal attorney solicitation runs wild in Detroit

by Michigan Auto Law on

Until the Attorney Grievance Commission finally takes action to stop it, Detroit will keep paying for illegal attorney solicitation of car crash injury victims... ...more

In urgent matters disciplinary decisions may be released in summarized form, in anticipation of the final elaborated decision...

by Dentons on

"Cup-tail decisions": now also at the disciplinary court! In short proceedings, prosecutors regularly, because of the urgency of the dispute in question, make a verdict in which only the decision (the so-called 'dictum')...more

Trial Court Committed Error in Excluding Evidence of Future Affordable Care Act Benefits in Medical Malpractice Case

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Cuevas v. Contra Costa County - First Appellate District, Division One (April 27, 2017) - In an ordinary personal injury lawsuit, a defendant may not introduce evidence of amounts the plaintiff received from insurance...more

Code of Law: If You See Something, Say Something

by Dentons on

The legal profession's system of self-governance relies in part on what is effectively an "honor code" for attorneys. Specifically, when an attorney becomes aware of misconduct by another attorney, many states require that...more

Florida Supreme Court Rulings Affecting Health Care Providers

by Wilson Elser on

It is well established that Florida physicians are required to report any adverse incident that occurs in their office to the Department of Health. Discovery of these reports is a patient’s constitutional right under Article...more

Allowing in parol evidence as to a trust-settlor's intent: Construing trust terms versus reforming them

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

In the Missouri case of Mense v. Rennick, 491 S.W.3d 661 (Mo. App. 2016), the testimony of the settlor-beneficiary of an irrevocable trust as to what she had intended was not allowed in, the court having determined that the...more

Speculation, Estate Planning, and Legal Malpractice

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In some will contests, lawyers will speculate that the decedent may have misled people as to his true estate plan, either out of weakness, to keep the peace, to measure reactions, to avoid uncomfortable conversations, and...more

Health Alert (Australia) April 24, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 11 April 2017 - Medical Board Of Australia and Nuttall [2017] WASAT 58 - National Law - Professional misconduct - Advice - Lacking...more

Professional Regulatory Alert: Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Regulators Have Broad Authority and Discretion to Fulfill Mandate

by Field Law on

In its recent decision of Green v. Law Society of Manitoba, 2017 SCC 20, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that professional regulatory organizations will be granted deference when they enact general rules or bylaws to...more

Economists’ Rx for MDs’ legal wellbeing? Practice better medicine

In the battles between lawyers and doctors over malpractice lawsuits filed by patients harmed while seeking medical services, it may be worth heeding economists’ prescription for caregivers: Physicians, heal thy selves....more

Tort Reform Bill to Narrow Definition of Employee in Medical Negligence Actions

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

SB 237 is a bill designed to limit the liability of hospitals and other healthcare providers for the actions or omissions of those who are not within a narrow definition of “employee.” SB 237 is designed as a legislative fix...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - April 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Attorney-Client Privilege – Invoices to Public Entity Client – Ongoing Litigation - Los Angeles Cty. Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 2 Cal. 5th 282, 386 P.3d 773 (2016) - Risk Management Issue: May a law firm's...more

Health Alert (Australia) April 10, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 5 April 2017 - Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2017] HCASL 86 - The High...more

Don’t Let New Technology Cloud Your Legal Judgment

Law firms are slowly but steadily moving to the cloud. According to an American Bar Association report, 37.5% of lawyers reported the use of web-based software services or solutions in 2016, up from 31% in 2015, and 30% in...more

New rules on medical liability (Italian)

by Dentons on

Entry into force on April 1 the Law n Gelli. 24/2017: new rules on health responsibilities - On April 1, 2017 came into force Law no. 24/2017 ( "Law Gelli") on "Measures for the safety of care and of the patient, as well...more

Residual liability in the trust context of excluded fiduciaries

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

Some states by statute have introduced into their trust jurisprudence the concept of the excluded fiduciary: In the case of a trust the terms of which allocate fiduciary functions between the trustee and, say, a trust...more

Strategies for EEO Compliance: Focus on Leadership, Not Compliance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We observed last year that the legal industry is no more immune to the holdovers of sexism than any other profession. As we noted, in a step toward stemming this problem, the American Bar Association has passed a new model...more

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

Doctor's Legal Malpractice Claim Tossed Based on Her Failure to Demonstrate "But For" Causation

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Manveen Saluja, M.D. v. Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP, 2017 WL 1033751 (Mich. 2017) - Brief Summary - Summary judgment in favor of defendants was affirmed based on plaintiff's failure to establish that but...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others

by DLA Piper on

On 22 March 2017, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others, in which they considered the meaning of the words 'a series of related matters or transactions' within an...more

Fifth DCA Reaffirms Protections Against Surprise Tactics at Trial

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

This past January, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal found that a trial court had committed reversible error by allowing a party to argue and present previously undisclosed expert testimony and evidence to the jury at...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

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