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Construction Case Law Update - January, 2015

FLORIDA STATE CASES - Slavin Doctrine; Design Contracts - Under the Slavin doctrine, a subcontractor design company was not liable despite negligently designing intersection traffic lights that resulted in a fatal car...more

Indemnification by Insurance Precluded under Wyoming Anti-indemnity Statute in Oil & Gas Personal Injury Coverage Dispute

On December 19, 2014, the Federal District Court in Wyoming issued a decision in Lexington Insurance Company v. Precision Drilling Co., LP, et al. , D. Wyo., Case No. 12-cv-070-J, extending the reach of the anti-indemnity...more

California Expands the Duty of Professional Consultants

Professional consultants and sub-consultants provide essential services to a Project during its planning, design, construction, and acceptance. In some jurisdictions, they enjoy protections from liability for “economic...more

New York State Court Dismisses Construction Manager’s Third Party Claims Against Subcontracting Geotechnical Engineer

In Board of Mgrs. of the A Bldg. Condo. v. 13th & 14th St. Realty, LLC, 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5632; 2014 NY Slip Op 33353(U) (New York Cty. Sup. Ct. Dec. 18, 2014), Hudson Meridian Construction Group, LLC, s/h/a Hudson...more

The Demise of the Economic Loss Rule in Construction Defect Litigation

The Massachusetts Supreme Court recently held in Wyman v. Ayer Properties, LLC, that the “economic loss rule is not applicable to the damage caused to the common areas of a condominium building as a result of the builder’s...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Formally Adopts “Gist of the Action” Doctrine

Pennsylvania’s “gist of the action” doctrine prohibits plaintiffs from pursuing tort claims for what are, in actuality, breach of contract claims. A variety of defendants, including those in the financial services industry,...more

Gist of the Action Doctrine May Not Bar Tort Claims Arising from Negligent Performance of Contractual Duties

On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court broke its long silence on the gist of the action doctrine when it issued its decision in Bruno v. Erie Insurance Co. The gist of the action doctrine precludes a plaintiff...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 12-26, 2014 & January 2, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Quiet Title: investor who pooled money with two other entities to purchase property could not quiet title after the two entities recorded second version of deed that omitted investor’s name...more

Brain damage from birth injury leads to $32 million award

Birth injuries are often some of the most devastating injuries that a family can experience. When a healthy baby is expected, but preventable injuries occur due to the actions of negligent medical personnel, families are...more

What Preemption? Connecticut State Court Gives Life to Negligence Claims Based on HIPAA Privacy Standard of Care

Like many federal statutes, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) contains a provision governing how the statute is designed to interact with similar or otherwise related state laws. When...more

Florida High Court Clarifies Harmless Error Standard in Civil Appeals

On November 13, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court answered the following certified question of great public importance in the negative: “In a civil appeal, shall error be held harmless where it is more likely than not that the...more

Like Hats and Belt Buckles, Indemnity Agreements in Texas Must be CONSPICUOUS

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Texas law allows an indemnity agreement to insulate a party from the consequences of its own, allegedly negligent conduct, but only if that feature...more

MICRA’s Cap on Noneconomic Damages Does Not Apply to Joint Tortfeasor’s Pre-Trial Settlement to Offset Damages Award at Trial

In Rashidi v. Moser (No. S214430, filed 12/15/2014), the California Supreme Court held that in medical professional negligence cases, the noneconomic damages cap applies only to the amount of damages awarded to a plaintiff in...more

Not so obvious “obvious risks”

The District Court of Western Australia’s recent decision in Petkovic v Blazeski [2014] WADC 170 highlights the limitations of “obvious risk” defences and the level of evidentiary analysis that defendants ought undertake...more

Deadly Car Accidents and Pennsylvania Negligence Claims

Fatal Head-On Crash Near Philadelphia High School - A recent article from CBS 3 Philly reported that a head-on crash just outside of Northeast High School in Philadelphia resulted in the death of one victim and the...more

U.S. District Court in Minnesota Denies Target’s Motion to Dismiss Data Breach Lawsuit

On December 2, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota denied Target’s motion to dismiss the claims of a group of five payment-card-issuing banks, credit unions, and savings associations (the “Banks”) that...more

Torts – Negligence – Assumption of the Risk

Tanya Honeycutt v. Meridian Sports Club, LLC - Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (November 6, 2014) - The primary assumption of the risk doctrine has been used by courts to provide immunity from suit...more

Issuer Banks’ Claims in Target Data Breach Litigation Survive Motion to Dismiss

Federal District Judge Paul Magnuson has ruled that banks that issued credit and debit cards to customers whose data was stolen in the December 2013 Target data breach could continue to litigate claims against Target for...more

Ruling Gives New Life to Bank Claims Against Breached Retailers in Target Case

One common occurrence after the disclosure by a retailer of a breach affecting card present payment card data used to be the filing of claims by banks that issued payment cards affected by the incident. The banks bringing the...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Plaintiffs to Circumvent HIPAA’s No Private Right of Action Clause

In an opinion released on November 11, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its implementing regulations preempt a common law claim for...more

The New Product Liability Paradigm In Pennsylvania: The PA Supreme Court Declines To Adopt The Third Restatement, But Overrules...

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this past week dramatically altered the landscape of product liability litigation in Pennsylvania. In Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., No. 17 MAP 2013 (Pa. November 19, 2014), the Court overruled...more

Forced to Cyber-Spy: Court Rules Parents Can Be Held Negligent for Child’s Facebook Activity

Are parents now liable for what their kids post to Facebook? According to a recent decision in the Georgia Court of Appeals, they are. The Georgia Court of Appeals held that the parents of a seventh-grade student...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Redefines Strict Liability Design Defect Claims

The court in Tincher recalibrates Pennsylvania strict liability law by declining to adopt the Restatement (Third) of Torts and by overruling Azzarello....more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines To Adopt Restatement (Third) of Torts

In a long-awaited opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has recently declined to adopt the Restatement (Third) of Torts in product liability cases, ruling instead that the strict liability regime of the Restatement (Second)...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision That Could Expand State Law Liability in Data Breach Class Actions for Businesses...

Health care providers have not escaped the recent proliferation of data breach class actions, but plaintiffs generally have been unsuccessful in bringing claims based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

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