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Is It Bad Faith to Exercise a Contractual Right?

by Cozen O'Connor on

A recent malpractice case highlighted this issue. In Johnson v. Proselect Insurance, the doctor/insured contended that the insurer acted in bad faith by settling a claim after trial without the doctor’s consent. The doctor...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Breathes New Life into Survival Actions

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave new life to otherwise time-barred survival action claims in medical malpractice cases in a significant decision last month – even if one justice was blunt in his disagreement with the...more

Appeals Court: No Bad Faith For An Insurer’s Legitimate Exercise Of A Contractual Right Or Its Settlement Within The Policy Limit...

In a Rule 1:28 decision applying New Hampshire law, the Appeals Court affirmed the entry of summary judgment dismissing a doctor’s suit accusing her professional liability insurer of improper settlement of a claim without her...more

Ambulance chasing insurance claims adjusters

by Michigan Auto Law on

Laws protecting injured car accident victims in Michigan from ambulance chasing personal injury lawyers should also protect people from the claims adjusters who prey on the unsophisticated after a crash; settling cases for...more

Litigation Funders’ Collateral Did Not Include Malpractice Claims

When the fallout from failed intellectual-property litigation collides with bankruptcy, the complexities may be dizzying enough, but when the emerging practices and imperatives of litigation financing are imposed on those...more

Accountancy Forum Newsletter - December 2017

by Reed Smith on

In this edition, we have drafted an article on the recent FRC sanctions and we have also included short summaries of recent cases and items of interest to our target audience. At the end of the newsletter, you will also find...more

Attorneys Switching Sides During Litigation Sometimes Allowed… at least in the First Department!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Notwithstanding general public opinion of attorney ethics, most people (including attorneys) believe that an attorney cannot dump a client in the middle of litigation to represent the other side. However, attorneys in the...more

Doctors Who Disobey Health Care Agents in California May Be Liable for Elder Abuse

by Downey Brand LLP on

A recent California appellate case, Stewart v. Superior Court (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 87, validates the primacy of medical powers of attorney and (as they are more currently known) advance health care directives. Medical...more

Continuous Representation Revisited

by Vedder Price on

New York courts have frequently applied the continuous representation doctrine (“CRD”) to toll the three-year statute of limitations period for malpractice claims against accounting firms under CPLR § 214(6), which has...more

Exploring Legal Malpractice Exposure Faced by Law Firms and Lawyers from Use of Technology

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The relationship between technology and the practice of law is a paradox at best. Computers, tablets, cell phones, and other forms of technology provide an enormous benefit by permitting the creation, storage, transmission...more

Legal Malpractice Case Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction under Illinois Long Arm Statute

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Brook, as Trustee of the David North II Trust, successor to the assets of Cortina Financial, Inc. v. McCormley, et al., No. 16-4255 (7th Cir. 2017) Brief Summary - The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's...more

Missing the trust issue: Litigators beware

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

In 2017, South Carolina’s Supreme Court decided The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina [the “Disassociated Diocese”] v. The Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America [the...more

Why Finding Your Physician’s Disciplinary History Is So Hard

by Howard Ankin on

Physicians are not required to inform their patients that they are on probation for unethical conduct or medical errors that result in disciplinary actions. Most databases that contain this important information are either...more

Health Alert (Australia) 20 November 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) 15 November 2017 - Clarke v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2017] NSWCATOD 163 - Nursing – appeal against...more

Don’t overlook the legal malpractice insurance application

by Dentons on

As part of the process of renewing or replacing legal malpractice insurance, law firms are typically required to complete an application. Law firms that treat the application as a formality and fail to give the application...more

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Defendants' Ex Parte Interviews with Treating Physicians

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has dealt a significant blow to Florida's medical malpractice pre-suit process, ruling that statutes authorizing the conduct of informal, ex parte interviews with a medical malpractice claimant's...more

Hospital Answer Stricken for Destroying Paper Medical Record after Scanning into the EMR

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Arkansas Court of Appeals handed down an opinion affirming a severe sanction against a hospital in a medical malpractice case. The trial court had stricken the hospital’s answer, where...more

When It Comes to Pretrial Publicity, Should Lawyers Let Their Clients Do the Talking?

When it overturned a federal court’s order suppressing a litigant’s right to publicly gripe about a pending suit late last month, the Ninth Circuit took the opportunity to remind those of us in the legal profession that we...more

Peer Review Not Protected: U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Disturb Florida Decision Limiting the Patient Safety and Quality...

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A multi-year discovery dispute regarding the adverse medical incident reports of a Jacksonville, Florida hospital concluded on October 2, 2017 when the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in...more

Health Alert (Australia) 30 October 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 20 October 2017 - Quach v New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission; Quach v New South Wales Civil and...more

Factual and Legal Issues of Malpractice in Ambulatory Surgical Centers

by Wilson Elser on

We all are familiar with complex medical malpractice lawsuits against hospitals that include claims against the numerous professionals and staff members involved in the treatment of admitted patients. The list of parties and...more

Three Key Things to Consider on Motions to Disqualify

by Dentons on

While some motions to disqualify are nothing more than a litigation tactic, others raise legitimate questions regarding the ethical obligations owed by the attorney and her or his law firm to former clients....more

Could seeking judicial enforcement of a trust's no-contest clause implicate the state's anti-SLAPP statute?

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

On January 1, 2013, I posted on JDSUPRA some content entitled "Trial lawyers beware of the in terrorem trust clause: A nasty trap that can keep on springing," which is still accessible. The focus of the piece is the lawyer...more

Attorney’s Expert’s Affidavit on Causation Sufficiently Detailed to Withstand Summary Judgment

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Starwood Management, LLC by and through Norma Gonzalez v. Don Swaim and Rose Walker, LLP, Texas Supreme Court Number 16-0431 (September 29, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Texas Supreme Court overturned the trial court and...more

Florida Supreme Court: Physicians' Peer Reviews Not Protected from Public Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and held that an analysis of a medical malpractice claim sent by an attorney to an external medical review company in...more

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