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State ex rel. Heartland Title Services, Inc. v. The Honorable Kevin D. Harrell

— S.W.3d —, 2016 WL 6090816 (Mo. banc October 18, 2016) In a matter of first impression, the Missouri Supreme Court recently clarified that Missouri’s venue statute must be read to allow venue (referring to the locale where…more
| Civil Procedure, Professional Malpractice

Fifth District Appellate Court Reverses Defense Verdict, Remands for New Trial on Issue of Damages

Larry Claro v. Shirley Ann DeLong, 2016 IL App (5th) 150557 (August 31, 2016). The Fifth District Appellate Court recently reversed a St. Clair County jury verdict in favor of the defendant and remanded the case to the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 3)

In this third and final part of this blog series, I will address the intersection of social media and intellectual property rights, as well as how and when social media may be used as evidence during trial…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

New CMS Guidance on Abuse of Patient Privacy Rights

Last month, I noted recent media reports raising patient privacy concerns due to health care providers’ use of social media in the workplace [The Potentially Dangerous Intersection of Healthcare and Social Media]. It appears…more
| Health, Personal Injury, Privacy

UnitedHealth Plan Holders Win Class Certification in ERISA Lawsuit

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted certain members of UnitedHealth health plans class certification in their suit alleging improper denial of benefits. Plaintiffs in the putative classes…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Health, Insurance

Might An Interlocutory Appeal Be In The Cards?

During the course of litigation, unfavorable interlocutory court rulings (i.e. rulings that are not final for purposes of an immediate appeal) may be temporary hiccups in the preparation of a party’s case or may threaten a…more
| Civil Procedure

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Uber’s plan to launch autonomous cars invokes the question, “Who’s responsible?” When reading a police report, most attorneys cringe when the narrative states, “Driver 1 admitted it was totally his fault” (especially when…more
| Transportation

Is Your Client Prepared?

Depositions are commonplace for litigation attorneys; however, we may sometimes forget that they are not routine for our clients. Many times our clients have never given a deposition. Even if a client has been deposed once or…more
| Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

Commonsense Tips for Documenting Reported Accidents

One of legendary coach John Wooden’s sayings goes, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” While common-sense advice applies across the board, it is particularly applicable to proper…more
| Personal Injury

What Role Can Appellate Counsel Play Before the Appeal?

In many ways, referring to a lawyer with extensive experience practicing in appellate courts as an “appellate” lawyer is misleading. An appellate lawyer is practiced generally in legal research, writing and analysis and is…more
| Civil Procedure

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts

Tips for Maintaining a Positive and Productive Attorney-Client Relationship

Retaining legal counsel can be overwhelming for many clients. The attorney-client relationship frequently begins at a difficult time in a client’s life. As lawyers, we are charged with not only helping clients work through…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Missouri Western District Court of Appeals Reminds Us to Pay No Attention to the Headings for the Revised Statutes

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s issuance of summary judgment and, in the process, reminded practitioners that the bold faced headings in the Revised Statutes are not part of the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

The Potentially Dangerous Intersection of Healthcare and Social Media

Lately, there have been numerous reports in the media raising patient privacy concerns due to healthcare providers’ use of social media in the workplace. A few examples include..…more
| Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Health, Personal Injury, Privacy

Application of Illinois Dead-Man’s Act Results in Summary Judgment for Defendant

Andice Peacock v. Kathleen Waldeck, Deceased, 2016 IL App (2d) 151043 (August 8, 2016). The Second District Appellate Court affirmed a trial court’s award of summary judgment in favor of a deceased defendant’s special…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury
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