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Health Alert (Australia) 15 May 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 5 May 2017 - Inquest into the death of Heather Fotiades [2017] NTLC 012 Medical practitioners prescribing high dose opioids for...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

Workwise: Province Announces New Partnership with Police to Investigate Serious Workplace Safety Incidents

by Field Law on

The Government of Alberta has announced a new partnership with ten different police agencies across the province to define protocols for the investigation of serious workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) incidents....more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

Xarelto Litigation – Bellwether Update

Searcy Denney Mass Tort Unit attorneys Brenda Fulmer and Cal Warriner have filed three more lawsuits on behalf of Florida and North Carolina residents who suffered bleeding in their brains and GI tracts following use of...more

SCOTUS Reverses KY Nursing Home Arbitration Decision; Refuses To Prioritize Right To Jury Trial

Just as I predicted, SCOTUS reversed the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision in Kindred this morning. The interesting piece, though, is that the seven member majority went out of its way to cut off some of the “on trend”...more

Hoverboard Fire - A Tragedy that Should Not Have Happened

Tragedy recently struck a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania family when a fire caused by a recharging hoverboard consumed their home, killing a 3-year-old girl, injuring several others and almost bringing the structure to the ground....more

Health Alert (Australia) April 24, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 11 April 2017 - Medical Board Of Australia and Nuttall [2017] WASAT 58 - National Law - Professional misconduct - Advice - Lacking...more

Employer liable for off-duty murder?

by McAfee & Taft on

Companies often assume they are not responsible for interactions between employees that happen off-site after hours and that are unrelated to their jobs. However, if a supervisor and a subordinate are involved and the...more

Bullied to death? PEI WCB awards benefits to widow after finding a link between workplace bullying and fatal heart attack

by Dentons on

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island recently awarded WCB benefits to the widow of a worker who died of a heart attack in November 2013. The worker had suffered a workplace back injury a few months earlier...more

Product Liability Update: April 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Prescription Drug Case Holds “Learned Intermediary” Rule Requiring Warnings Only To Prescribing Physician Applied Even Though Patient and Caregiver Were Physicians, But Experts’ Affidavits of...more

No Excuses: Preventing Construction Site Accidents and Remembering the Dead

by Lewitt Hackman on

With Spring comes not only warmer weather, a change in time, and the start of baseball, but a return of construction projects as builders begin another season of home and commercial building. ...more

Corporations are People Too! Ontario Court Confirms that Corporations Have a Right to a Speedy Trial

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Corporate defendants have the right to a speedy trial, without requiring them to prove actual prejudice to their fair trial rights. In R v Stephensons Rental Services, a March 2017 decision of the Ontario Court of Justice,...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter - April 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Exceptions to California’s “Going and Coming” Rule - In Lynn v. Tatitlek Support Services, Inc., E063585, Super.Ct.No. CIVBS1200525, 2/22/17, the plaintiffs appealed a summary judgment at the California Court of Appeal...more

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Health care providers may favor arbitration due to the perception that it is a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. State and federal policy favors arbitration for the same reasons.  Because of the strong public...more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Hoverboard Suspected in Fatal Fire

by Wilson Elser on

Since our last blog post on lithium-ion batteries, there has been a report that a self-balancing scooter, known as a hoverboard, is the suspected cause for a March 10, 2017, fatal fire that occurred in Harrisburg,...more

Why Should Class Action Matter to You?

According to a bill pending in the House of representatives, class actions are bad for you and multi-district litigation is not your friend. HR 985 is an example of our legislators acting out of complete ignorance or an...more

Fifth DCA Reaffirms Protections Against Surprise Tactics at Trial

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

This past January, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal found that a trial court had committed reversible error by allowing a party to argue and present previously undisclosed expert testimony and evidence to the jury at...more

City Slickers and Airplane Litigation: Fight or Flight: Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc.

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Sometimes venue challenges are successful. Sometimes the convenience of the lawyers is not the standard for judging the proper venue for a lawsuit. In Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc., 208 So.3d 287 (Fl. 2016), Florida’s...more

City Slickers and Airplane Litigation: Fight or Flight: Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc.

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Sometimes venue challenges are successful. Sometimes the convenience of the lawyers is not the standard for judging the proper venue for a lawsuit. In Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc., 208 So.3d 287 (Fl. 2016), Florida’s...more

CDC Study Finds Mesothelioma Death Rates Higher Than Projections

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On March 3, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study assessing malignant mesothelioma mortality rates in the United States between the years 1999-2015. The Study – apparently the first of...more

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

One of Our Employees Died at Work – Am I Going to Jail?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Most know that lawsuits against an employer based on an employee’s workplace injury are barred by the applicable State’s Worker’s Compensation Act. However, did you know that in some circumstances, an employer may be...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Plaintiff Cannot Use Savings Statute to Revive Dismissed Lawsuit Brought by Improper Plaintiff

Love v. Piatchek, No. 103690 (November 8, 2016) The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit as being time-barred. The court held that the plaintiff could not rely on...more

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