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Court Denies Plaintiff's Gameshow Approach to Litigation and Twice Denies Her Motion to Increase Her Demand

by Sands Anderson PC on

The First Case - The plaintiff filed a Complaint asking for an award of $250,000. She alleged she was entitled to this amount as compensation for injuries the defendant’s armored van caused her during a 2013 automobile...more

Court Refuses to Exclude Evidence of Disciplinary History of Plaintiff's Expert

by Sands Anderson PC on

The plaintiff filed a Complaint alleging she was injured in a March 23, 2013, automobile accident. In her initial expert disclosure, the plaintiff identified a single doctor as her only damages expert. The doctor had never...more

Court Excludes Plaintiff's Expert's Opinion On Future Damages

by Sands Anderson PC on

The plaintiff filed a Complaint in the Fairfax County Circuit Court claiming the defendant injured her in an automobile accident. After deciding not to use the first expert orthopedist she hired for the case, the plaintiff...more

In a Word - Incredible

by Reed Smith on

Summary judgment isn’t normally available for credibility issues. During the “summary judgment trilogy” of 1986, the Supreme Court stated, “[c]redibility determinations, the weighing of the evidence, and the drawing of...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017: IV. QUANTUM/DAMAGES ISSUES

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IV. QUANTUM/DAMAGES ISSUES - A. Where a plaintiff is held to suffer a negative loss (i.e. has had a “gain”) under one head of damage, that gain is not to be offset or deducted from another head of damage where the...more

Defamation Claims Against Gemological Institute Doomed: Qualified Privilege Shield Is Stronger Than A Diamond

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs,” said Malcom Forbes. An industry that generates over $13 billion annually, diamonds are considered one of the world’s major natural resources. ...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues C.2

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES - C. Where the policy excludes coverage for intentional acts, allegations of negligence relating to the same claim will not be excluded from coverage if “it is possible that they were not committed with...more

Avandia Case Flunks Warning Causation

by Reed Smith on

We’re now into the New Year but aren’t completely done with the old one. The name of the first month of the year, January, is conventionally attributed to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, and doorways....more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues D.

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES - D. An insurer-appointed defence counsel will be in conflict of interest if the interests of the insurer and the insured are not in alignment, and in such cases the Court may appoint independent...more

Protecting a Facebook personal page from insurer intrusion

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Steps Michigan car accident lawyers can take to stop insurance company ‘fishing expeditions’ into the Facebook personal page of clients to harass and intimidate; don’t let your client be made a victim twice - Car accident...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2017

In this issue, we cover two decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, three decisions denying such motions, 26 decisions denying class certification or reversing grants of class certification, 22 decisions...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues B.

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES - B. Where a claim is advanced against a parent in negligence for injury suffered by his child, the family member exclusion clause in the parent’s homeowner’s policy was held to exclude coverage for the...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues A.

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES A. In Ontario the Statutory Condition in an auto policy requiring that the driver be “authorized by law” to drive refers to the licensing regime such that breaching driving conditions in a probation...more

EDNY Rejects Successor Liability in Hip Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

Happy birthday, Christopher Plummer. The great Canadian actor turns 88 today, and seems as vibrant as ever. What a marvelous career Plummer has had. He is a preeminent Shakespearean actor. We saw him play Iago to James...more

The Second Circuit is Tasked with Reviewing the Plausibility of an Iqbal Hearing

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In what may result in a fundamental transformation of pleadings challenges, the Second Circuit is set to address the propriety of a so-called Iqbal hearing – an apparent first of its kind....more

Tennessee Supreme Court Rejects Efforts to Alter Existing Law on the Collateral Source Rule in Personal Injury Cases

Last month the Tennessee Supreme Court, in Dedmon v. Steelman, affirmed the long-standing collateral source rule in personal injury cases. As long as an injured plaintiff can establish that the medical expenses they incurred...more

A Question of Liability for Emergency Responders and Municipalities

by Harris Beach PLLC on

As another State legislative cycle begins in 2018, there is a municipal liability issue that deserves attention regarding the liability protections extended under New York law to emergency vehicle operators. When a vehicular...more

Note to Experts: Do Not Cruelly Disparage Your Client’s Decedent, Curse Out Your Judge, and Flout the Court’s Orders, or You May...

by Reed Smith on

Those of us who practice in the mass tort space spend vast portions of our professional lives dealing with our opponents’ experts. In our minds, we seek only to enforce the dictates of the Federal Rules and of the United...more

Federal Pre-emption and Aircraft Certification: You Have to Read This Opinion!!

by LeClairRyan on

Originally posted August 11, 2017 - Today, we turn our attention to the latest chapter in a long saga concerning the scope of federal preemption over product liability claims made against manufacturers of certificated...more

Charges By Law Firm-Owned Vendors Challenged In Putative Client Class

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Plaintiffs signed engagement letters with the law firm Finkelstein & Partners (the “law firm”) to represent them in two separate personal injury lawsuits on a contingency basis. ...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Preemption of HRT Complaint

by Reed Smith on

Today, December 1, 2017, is the birthday of Gilbert O’Sullivan, who scored a hit back in 1972 with “Alone Again, Naturally,” the saddest song we can think of this side of Albinoni’s Adagio. That is fitting, given our...more

United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation: November Meeting Overview

The next hearing session of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is scheduled for November 30, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Eight matters are set for oral argument to consider motions to transfer each...more

Drivers Beware: A Seemingly Safe And Legal Driving Maneuver Could Come With Potentially Life-Changing Hazards

by Fraser Trebilcock on

For more than 30 years, Fraser Trebilcock attorney Gary Rogers has handled automobile negligence litigation. Recently, he has litigated a number of claims arising out of what you might think would be a rather safe driving...more

Supreme Court of Canada holds banks liable in fraud scheme

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In a recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision, the SCC reinforced its position regarding the allocation of liability in cases involving fraudulent cheque schemes. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the majority held that...more

Long-Time Reinsurance Attorney Ruled Not Qualified To Arbitrate 9/11 World Trade Center Reinsurance Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

An attorney with “considerably more than ten years’ experience of insurance and reinsurance law” has been deemed unqualified to arbitrate a reinsurance dispute stemming from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the...more

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