Wrongful Death Appeals

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Supervisor’s OHSA conviction upheld on appeal: prosecutor not required to prove what “hazard” caused concrete worker’s death

A supervisor’s Occupational Health and Safety Act conviction of failing to sufficiently and competently supervise work has been upheld on appeal, after a concrete worker died. The supervisor operated and managed a...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19589 - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - SC19589 Concurrence - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - Claim for negligent infliction of bystander emotion...more

Plaintiff Who Could Not Afford to Pay for Arbitration Was Allowed to Pursue Her Malpractice Action in Court

Tillman adv. Rheingold Firm, No. 13-56624, 2016 BL 190432 (9th Cir. June 15, 2016) - Brief Summary - A former client who had agreed to arbitrate disputes with her lawyers, but ultimately could not afford to pay the...more

Defence & Indemnity - April 2016: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES B.

B. Do police need a warrant to access the data on a vehicle’s airbag control module without the owner or driver’s permission? R. v. Fedan, 2016 BCCA 26, per Smith, J.A. [4176]...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 21, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria - 15 March 2016 Inquest into the death of Reginald Johns Brooks - On 20 December 2013, Mr Brooks,...more

The Contours of a Franchisor’s Vicarious Liability

In a ruling that reflects a clear understanding of the distinction between the roles of the franchisor and franchisee, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts recently held that Domino’s was not vicariously liable for the acts of...more

Supreme Court of Missouri Upholds Health Care Affidavit Statute for Medical Malpractice Claims

Lang v. Goldsworthy, 2015 WL 5936587 (Mo.banc. October 13, 2015) The Supreme Court of Missouri, en banc, affirmed a trial court’s decision to dismiss a wrongful death action premised on medical malpractice because the...more

California Court of Appeal Bars Plaintiffs’ Wrongful Death Action Involving an Employee Who Used his Employer’s...

The California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a pipe manufacturer based upon the worker’s compensation exclusivity rule. Melendrez et al. v....more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reinforces the Standard for Detailed and Complete Expert Disclosures and Clarifies the...

Massachusetts has made much ado about expert disclosures in recent years, even going so far as to implement the still “newish” Superior Court Rule 30B, which requires experts to sign party disclosures of the facts, opinions...more

Do You Have A Duty To Cross The Rubicon?

Property boundaries have great significance in law and life. Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, the boundary between Gaul and Italy in violation of Roman law, and nothing was the same for him thereafter. ...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

Former Abu Ghraib Detainees Appeal Political Question Dismissal of Suit Against War-Zone Contractor

Iraqi citizens who claim that they were abused by civilian government contractor employees who helped the US military interrogate detainees at Abu Ghraib prison following the US invasion in 2003 are appealing a federal...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 17, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales (NSW) 13 August 2015 - Waller v James [2015] NSWCA 232 The NSW...more

Eighth Circuit: No Bad Faith Where Insured Failed to Make a Sufficient Demand and Insurer Refused to Entertain Settlement Offer...

Purscell v. Tico Ins. Co., No. 13-2362, 2015 WL 3855253 (8th Cir. June 22, 2015). Court holds it was not bad faith for insurer to pursue investigation into underlying lawsuit before considering settlement...more

Wis. Supreme Court Applies the Discovery Rule to Accrual of Wrongful Death Claims

On June 24th, Wisconsin’s supreme court decided that the discovery rule—that is, the rule that a tort claim for which the legislature has provided no other rule “accrues” for statute-of-limitations purposes when the plaintiff...more

Expert Declaration in Conjunction with Circumstantial Evidence Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment in Vehicle Defect Case

In Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2015 No. 13-55761 (“Pavoni”), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs’ expert declaration in conjunction with circumstantial evidence of the incident were sufficient to raise...more

Emergency Physicians Ostensible Agents of Hospitals?

n Whitlow v. Rideout Memorial Hospital, plaintiffs alleged that the hospital should be held responsible in a wrongful death suit for the actions of an emergency room physician who had failed to diagnose and treat a brain...more

Appellate Court Notes

- AC35807 - Llera v. Commissioner of Correction [Not summarized.] - AC36240 - Customers Bank v. Tomonto Industries, LLC Plaintiff bank acquired the assets of a defunct bank from the FDIC, including the $3...more

California Court of Appeals Upholds a Minor’s Release of Liability for Equestrian Trainer in Parents’ Wrongful Death Action

Karan Eriksson, et al., v. Kristi Nunnink - California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (January 27, 2015) - The California Court of Appeals recently held that a minor’s release of liability was...more

NJ Appeals Court Upends Nursing Home Negligence Suit

In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for long-term care litigation, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that § 30:13-4.2 of the Nursing Home Responsibilities and Residents’ Rights Act (NHA) does...more

Bus Driver’s Aneurysm Found Compensable

The South Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion on February 18, 2015, wherein it found a bus driver’s death due to an aneurysm compensable and the driver’s common-law wife entitled to benefits. ...more

Oncology Expert’s Opinion Based on Plaintiff’s Family History and Personal Experience Properly Admitted in Wrongful Death Action

In Uriell v. Regents of UC (Filed 1/29/2015, Published 2/20/2015, No. D064098) the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, held the testimony of an Oncology expert testifying in a wrongful death action was...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC18997 - Ruiz v. Victory Properties, LLC - SC18997 Dissent - Ruiz v. Victory Properties, LLC This is a continuation of an earlier Appellate Court decision I reported on, which held the landlord responsible...more

Alien Tort Case Development: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Occidental Petroleum

In mid-December, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of claims filed pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) against Occidental Petroleum. Plaintiffs in the case argued that Occidental should be held...more

Practitioners Beware - Unfavorable Allegations And Disclosure Can Be Used Against Your Client

Arizona is a pure comparative fault state, which allows the finder of fact to apportion fault to parties and non-parties alike. As a general rule, defendants will only be responsible for their apportioned share of fault –...more

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