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Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19586 - Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission - The Court started off by saying..... We have not previously had occasion to squarely address..... [this]...more

'Ostrich' Theory Enforces Ill-Defined Duty to Investigate Clients' Conduct

In recent years, the application of a “conscious avoidance” or “willful blindness” theory as the basis of attorneys’ liability for clients’ criminal conduct has been on the rise. In principle, this standard — commonly...more

Health Alert (Australia) 26 September 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland - 10 September 2016 - Inquest into the death of C - C was a 14 year old girl with multiple physical and...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37588 - Prime Locations of CT, LLC v. Rocky Hill Development, LLC - When a commercial condominium unit owner’s association refused to grant their approval for a...more

Health Alert (Australia) September 19, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: South Australia - 13 September 2016 - Dang Pharmacy P/L v Dang [2016] SADC 106 - This is a review of a decision by...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Felony Conviction of Urologist, Under FDCA, for Reusing Single-Use Needle Guides During Prostate Biopsies...

In 2014, Las Vegas urologist, Dr. Michael Kaplan, was convicted by a federal jury for reusing single-use plastic needle guides during prostate biopsies. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit adulteration in violation of...more

Trial Court's Error In Underlying Case Was Superseding Cause Of Plaintiffs' Claimed Damages

Whether the trial court erred in the underlying litigation is always an important part of the proximate (or "but for") causation analysis. Stanfield v. Neubaum, 2016 WL 3536865 (Tex. June 24, 2016) is yet another case that...more

A Fool For a Client?

If you think you can fix that mistake, think again. As lawyers, taking matters into our own hands is dangerous and ill-advised. We are all familiar with Abe Lincoln's maxim: “The lawyer who represents himself has a fool...more

Hospital Errors – No Disclosure

Hospitals and doctors, according to a recent study, rarely admit their mistakes. Deflecting responsibility and avoiding blame are traits that society associates with schoolchildren but not with accomplished professionals,...more

Health Alert (Australia) September 12, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland - 2 September 2016 - Inquest into the death of Michael James Calder Mr Calder was aged 33 when he was...more

Who’s the “Real Client”? Attorney-Client Privilege Between Firm In-House Counsel And Other Firm Lawyers

While attorneys provide legal advice to their clients, they are sometimes the recipients of such advice from their own counsel, including in-house firm counsel. Agreeing with recent decisions by the highest courts of Georgia...more

Common Examples of Medical Malpractice that Can Lead to Birth Injuries

Thankfully for everyone involved, modern medicine has made the process of pregnancy, labor and delivery much safer for both mother and child than it has ever been in history. Unfortunately, however, there are instances in...more

Health Alert (Australia) August 29, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 23 August 2016 - Secretary, Department of Health (as successor to the Secretary, Department of Social Services) v DLW...more

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

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

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

Three Immigration Lawyers Sanctioned by the SEC for Brokering EB-5 Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just published three new decisions in connection with administrative proceedings against two well known immigration lawyers, as well as against a third lawyer. One party has...more

Illinois Court Holds That $6.5 Million Malpractice Claim Barred By Statute of Repose

Terra Foundation for American Art, et al. v. DLA Piper LLP (US), 2016 IL App (1st) 153285 - Brief Summary - Plaintiffs filed a legal malpractice action against defendant law firm that plaintiffs had retained in...more

Health Alert (Australia) August 22, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 15 August 2016 Calvary Hospital Auxiliary Inc v D'Amico [2016] ACTCA 39 - The appellant,...more

Did You Search Your Jurors’ Social Media? There Are Rules

If you represented a large corporation or a wealthy individual, wouldn’t you want to know if your prospective jurors were campaigning for Bernie Sanders on Facebook? Or how about criminal prosecutors who might want to know if...more

When professional and personal lives collide – Parity among professions?

Are all professions held to the same standard of honesty? In particular, if a professional is dishonest in his personal life, what is the impact on his professional life?...more

Challenges to the Constitutionality of Indiana’s Med Mal Caps Continue Despite a Recent Legislative Compromise

Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act’s caps on damages have survived constitutional challenges since their inception in 1975. In 1980, the Indiana Supreme Court, in Johnson v. St. Vincent Hosp., Inc., 273 Ind. 374, 404 N.E.2d...more

Health Alert (Australia) August 15, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales - 11 August 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Sheldrick [2016] NSWCATOD 105 - Ms Sheldrick...more

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

Joint Clients — Confidentiality — Right to See Clients' File - New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1070 (10/9/15) - Risk Management Issue: In a joint client representation, if one...more

Duty to Defend: Surplus Line Brokers and Professional Liability

Negligent solicitation and placement of insurance policies and failure to conduct due diligence into the admitted insurance market are covered under E&O policy - In a decision with significant implications for surplus...more

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