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Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Illinois Recognizes a Claim for Wrongful Death from Suicide

In Turcios v. The DeBruler Company, a case from the Second District, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide a simply stated question: can a plaintiff state a claim for wrongful death as a result of a suicide?...more

Where Suicide Is Caused by Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Illinois Now Recognizes Ensuing Actions for Wrongful...

The Illinois Appellate Court has held, as a matter of first impression in the state, that where a plaintiff can satisfy the elements of the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress and the emotional distress is a...more

Is the Error of Judgment Defense Still Available in Suicide Cases?

Are courts becoming more liberal with the standards by which physicians are judged in failing to prevent suicides? Traditionally, the professional judgment rule has been used by psychiatrists and other physicians as a...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

This Has to Stop: Suicide Among Lawyers On the Rise (Part 2)

I hope you got a chance to read last week’s blog post, inspired by a desire to provide hope for the lawyers who are seriously depressed about the reality of the practice of law. I, too, found myself hopeless for a time in...more

This Has to Stop: Suicide Among Lawyers On the Rise (Part 1)

Very recently, CNN reported that more lawyers are killing themselves than ever before. And this is not the figurative kind of killing themselves from working too many hours… it’s the literal kind — suicide....more

Rodriguez Redux

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Carter v Canada (AG), which deals with the constitutionality of the assisted suicide provision of the Criminal Code. In 1993, in Rodriguez v British Columbia (AG),...more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - October 2013

In This Issue: - Risk Factors and Warning Signs - How to Help - Protective Measures - Helping Survivors - When someone we know dies by their own hand, waves of emotion attack the survivors. We are...more

Pennsylvania Nurse Charged With Assisting in Father's Suicide

In a case being closely watched by baby boomers throughout the country caring for aging parents, a Pennsylvania nurse has been charged with helping her 93-year-old father commit suicide. Barbara Mancini allegedly handed her...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2013

Kenneth Hatai sued his employer (CalTrans) and his supervisor (Sameer Haddadeen), alleging discrimination based on his Japanese ancestry and the fact that he was not of Arab ancestry like Haddadeen. The case was tried to a...more

Comparing Suicide Pricing by Lawyers and Antitrust Claims for Below-Cost Pricing

Seemingly unrelated, the WSJ’s discussion of antitrust claims challenging below-cost pricing (Antitrust Busters with Gavels, 4/26/2013) and the Internet tabloid Above the Law’s discussion of increased use of “suicide pricing”...more

Veterans' Issues and How They May Impact Your Practice  [Video]

Whether you're focusing your practice on tax preparation; family law; personal injury; disability; criminal law or general litigation, you're likely to encounter a situation where your client is a veteran. Don't be alarmed,...more

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