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Insurer Sues Department of Insurance Over Multi-Million Dollar Penalty

In suing the California Insurance Commissioner on July 10, 2014, PacifiCare Life Insurance Company sought a writ of mandamus ordering the Commissioner to set aside his Decision and Order imposing a record $173 million penalty...more

The Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act Action may be required by Florida LLCs by December 31, 2014

In 2013, the Florida Legislature adopted the Revised Florida Limited Liability Act. The Revised LLC Act restates the Florida laws governing LLCs in an entirely new Chapter 605, which succeeds the prior LLC Act found in...more

Police Pursuit Accidents and Liability

Residents and drivers in the greater Los Angeles area are no strangers to police chases. We seem to see one on the news on weekly basis! Have you ever wondered what happens in the cases when the driver trying to get away hits...more

Georgia Composite Medical Board Issues New Telemedicine Rules

The Georgia Composite Medical Board enacted a new regulation governing the standards for telemedicine practice. The regulation, titled Practice Through Electronic or Other Such Means, is found under Georgia Comp. Rules and...more

Tennessee CON Report - July 2014

In This Report: - I. July 2014—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - A. Certificate of Need Review - B. General Counsel’s Report - II. Certificate of Need Program Report—Filings Since June...more

Rail Corporation New South Wales v King [2014] NSWCA 207

The New South Wales Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in the matter of Rail Corporation New South Wales v King. The facts of the matter are that at 3:00 am on the morning of Saturday, 2 September 2006, Shane King...more

Telemedicine Standards Approved by the Leading Organization of State Medical Boards

Experts predict that the global telemedicine devices market will exceed $1B this year and that it will grow at a five-year compounded annual rate of 56 percent. Several trends are driving the growth of this alternative care...more

Draft Guidelines for Telepathology Released

The American Telemedicine Association released draft Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology and is seeking public comments through June 20, 2014. Practice guidelines can serve as a useful reference point for the...more

CMS Final Rule Eliminates Outdated, Unnecessary Regulations

On May 7, 2014, CMS issued CMS-3267-F, which finalizes reforms to various regulatory provisions that CMS identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome. CMS estimates that these changes will save affected...more

Is the Irreversible Truly Unforeseeable?: The Law of Suicide

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of suicide deaths in 2010 was 38,364, making it the tenth leading cause of death in America. For younger demographics, the numbers are even more...more

Draft Guidelines for TeleICU Operations Released

The American Telemedicine Association released draft Guidelines for TeleICU Operations on March 28, 2014 and is seeking public comments through April 26, 2014. Practice guidelines can serve as a useful reference point...more

China’s New Consumer Protection Law: Dramatic Changes Ahead

On October 25, 2013, China’s President and Chairman of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping signed off on the long-expected revised Law on the Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests (the “New Consumer Law”), which is...more

Suing a Licensed Real Estate Professional May Require You to Complete and Turn In Your Homework

A lawyer must have a good faith belief, after reasonable inquiry, that a lawsuit he files is grounded in fact and warranted by existing law. Ariz. R. Civ. P. 11. In other words, lawyers violate Arizona’s rules of civil...more

When Can Insurance Companies Sue Their Coverage Lawyers?

Insurance coverage lawyers are sometimes called upon to serve as expert witnesses on the standards of practice applicable to coverage attorneys engaged by insurers to provide coverage advice. ...more

BVI Trusts: Private Trust Companies

INTRODUCTION - Since 2007, it has been possible in BVI to establish a Private Trust Company (“PTC”) which may act as trustee of trusts without the need to obtain a BVI trust licence as long as certain conditions are...more

Health Care Fraud Conviction Stands Despite Vague Standards of Care

In Brief: - A failure to meet medical standards, by itself, would not sustain a health care fraud conviction. - The government, however, typically offers additional evidence sufficient to establish knowledge...more

Lees v. Carthage College: A Seventh Circuit Decision on the Admissibility of Expert Testimony for the Standard of Care

The Seventh Circuit recently issued two opinions with interesting evidentiary issues. We wrote about the multiple levels of hearsay in Jordan v. Binns, No. 11-2134 (7th Cir. Apr. 4, 2013), last week. And, this week, the...more

Mine is better than yours! Battle of the experts in the construction lawsuit (Law & Order: Hard Hat files Part 6)

Eventually, most construction lawsuits of any size involve hiring experts to review the project. These experts then usually issue an opinion as to whether or not you, as the design professional, violated the professional...more

Medical Malpractice: Defining The Standard Of Care In Oklahoma

"Standard of care" is a critical legal yardstick used in medical malpractice litigation to determine responsibility – or lack of responsibility – on the part of a medical practitioner for negative medical outcomes. The...more

Engineering for the Earthquake- Dumbarton Bridge (News Note)

Engineers who design in earthquake-prone areas know that they need to design the seismic loads of their bridges to account for potential massive shifts during a quake. (This is what is legally known as the professional...more

Court holds that federal standards of care pre-empt state law standards

Originally published in International Law Office on November 27 2012. A New York state trial court recently added another voice to the chorus of cases finding that federal law pre-empts state law standards of care in the...more

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