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How Are the Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute and Jade Helm 15 Alike?

May a court “draw rational inferences from circumstantial evidence” when determining if a plaintiff has met its burden in a suit in which the defendant has invoked the Texas Citizens Participation Act . That was the question...more

Florida High Court Overturns Summary Judgment for Defendant School Board, Deciding it Owed Common Law Duty to Student Athlete

On April 2, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court quashed the Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Limones v. School District of Lee County, 111 So. 3d 901 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013), and held that the school district owed a...more

Statements Made in HOA Recall Election Campaign are Subject to Anti-SLAPP Protection

A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or “SLAPP” is a civil lawsuit brought to either prevent or punish another person for exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government or to speak about public...more

Essential Steps One Must Take Right after a Hit and Run Accident

The impediments of an auto accident end up compounding greatly if the driver immediately leaves the accident scene. Even though in the United States, it is illegal to do so, many drivers flee the scene of the accident knowing...more

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Perhaps, before crossing a street, you checked left and right and saw that the coast was clear of cars. Or you thought you and a driver made eye contact, but she kept driving...more

The California Supreme Court - What to Expect in 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT, Sedgwick attorneys Kirk Jenkins (Chicago), Hall Marston (Los Angeles) and Michael Walsh (Los Angeles) presented a webinar titled “The California Supreme Court: What to...more

Over 65,000 children in the U.S. are victims of medication errors

When young patients receive care from a medical professional, their parents rarely think that their children may be receiving improper medication....more

Pa. Toxic Tort Settlement Shows Potential Danger in Benzene Exposure Lawsuits

A settlement recently reached between U.S. Steel Corp. and the widow of a Pennsylvania man allegedly exposed to benzene may fuel use of toxic tort lawsuits to sue over benzene exposures. ...more

Read Insurance Policy as Drafted, Not as Insurance Company “Wishes It Had Drafted It”

Confronted with an ambiguity in its own insurance policy, an insurance company will sometimes attempt to rewrite its policy long after it first issued that policy. Last week, the Pennsylvania Superior Court again rejected...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Tort Duty of Care for 911 First Responders

In the closing days of the March term, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Coleman v. East Joliet Fire Protection District, a case from the Third District. Coleman poses the question of whether public entities...more

Making Things Easier After an Auto Accident: Getting Professional Legal Assistance

Injuries caused by auto accidents are usually due to the negligence of a driver. Normally, auto accident injuries involve neck, back and head injuries, which require immediate medical attention. Sadly, the treatment for such...more

Study: breast cancer often misdiagnosed in early stages

Misdiagnosis is a problem that continually plagues the U.S. healthcare system. A medical malpractice lawyer in Illinois often sees patients who are told that they don’t have a disease only to learn later that they have...more

Don’t Terminate Me —Bro!

Due to under-funded Superior Courts, it is more and more difficult to enforce discovery. Therefore, a “new breed” of litigator is growing that is trying to game the otherwise self-executing discovery process. When they...more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (5/15)

In its weekly orders, the Texas Supreme Court issued one opinion and granted two cases for review. The opinion is in No. 13-0439, Ross v. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. In this case, a hospital visitor slipped on a wet...more

Texas Considers Asbestos Transparency Legislation

Texas is the latest state to consider legislation aimed at increasing transparency between the civil tort and asbestos bankruptcy trust systems. Four states, most recently West Virginia, have enacted such legislation. Texas...more

Proffers 101: When to Make Your Offer of Proof

Where a party challenges a trial court’s ruling excluding testimony, appellate courts generally require the substance of the excluded evidence to have been set forth on the record or else the challenge will not be properly...more

California Appellate Court Finds Railroad Company Not Subject to Jurisdiction

In BNSF Railway Company v. Superior Court (2015) 185 Cal.Rptr.3d 391, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, reversed a trial court order denying BNSF Railway Company’s motion to quash service of summons for lack of...more

Lone Pine Order Reversed: Rocky Mountain Low

We think Lone Pine orders are fair and useful tools, and we believe that courts should use them more often, not less. We learned last week that the Colorado Supreme Court disagrees, at least when reviewing the particular...more

4 potential signs of nursing home neglect

The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that one in three nursing home residents in the United States suffer from neglect. Illinois investigates nursing homes every 15 months or less, but a study by the U.S. General...more

A Personal Injury Claim Involving a Patient’s Fall on a Wet Hospital Floor Is Not Within the Scope of MICRA’s One-Year Statute of...

Asma Pouzbaris v. Prime Healthcare Services-Anaheim, LLP - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (April 23, 2015) - On June 13, 2010, plaintiff Asma Pouzbaris (“Plaintiff”) was admitted to defendant’s...more

Inspections Expose Unsafe Product Imports

The United States Department of Justice recently filed a product liability lawsuit in federal court against Toys Distribution Inc., BLI Apparel Inc., All Seasons Sales Inc. and S&J Merchandise Inc., as well as six of the...more

10 Details You Should Write Down After Being Involved in a Car Accident

In the confusion and chaos often following a serious auto accident in Woodland Hills, the last thing on many accident victims’ minds is protecting their legal rights. However, if down the road, you or your loved one may want...more

"Defamation Claims Brought by Texas Health Care Providers Will Be Subject to Anti-SLAPP Act Requirements"

Health care providers should keep in mind that virtually any suit alleging defamation or other harm from a “communication” relating to the provision of services by a health care professional will be subject to the demanding...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Likely To Affirm Personal Injury Coverage For Data Breach Requires Actual Publication To Third Parties

The Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday April 27th on an appeal testing the scope of coverage afforded for a business’s data loss or theft events under its Commercial General Liability insurance’s “Personal...more

Ray v. ESPN, Inc. - USCA, Eighth Circuit, April 22, 2015

Eighth Circuit affirms dismissal of professional wrestler’s state-law right of publicity claims arising from ESPN’s re-telecast of wrestling match footage as preempted by Copyright Act....more

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