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N.Y. Court of Appeals: No Difference Between “Private” and “Public” Posts in Discovery

Those who thought designating social media posts as “private” would be sufficient to shield them from outsiders—including opposing parties in litigation—had better think again. On February 13, 2018, the New York Court of...more

Disclosure of Certain Private Information on Facebook Account Allowed by New York Court of Appeals

by Cozen O'Connor on

The New York Court of Appeals gave defense counsel in personal injury cases a Valentine’s Day present when it ruled, on February 13, 2018, that discovery under the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR 3101 (a))...more

Question Mark Leaves Court Questioning Defamation Claim

Demonstrating the power of punctuation, actor James Woods dodged a Twitter defamation suit after a federal court judge found that his use of a question mark meant his tweet was not a false statement of fact and merely invited...more

Facebook Private Pages are not Always Private

by Harris Beach PLLC on

A Facebook user’s privacy settings cannot determine the discoverability of relevant evidence, held New York’s high court, the Court of Appeals. In a unanimous decision, Forman v. Henkin, — NY3d —, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 01015,...more

If At First You Don't Succeed, Try And Try Again: A Broker Is Finally Successful At A Federal Preemption Argument

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

A recent ruling by Judge Ronald Guzman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois should have a significant impact on how brokers, and in some circumstances motor carriers, defend themselves in...more

Illinois Appellate Court Expands PSEBA Exposure for Illinois Local Governments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, the Illinois First District Appellate Court, in a 2-1 decision, greatly expanded the "unlawful act" trigger for eligibility for lifetime healthcare benefits under the Public Safety Employee...more

New York Law Extends Statute of Limitations for Failure to Diagnose Cancer

by Harris Beach PLLC on

On January 31, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill S 7588-A, which amended the statute of limitations for medical, dental and podiatric malpractice cases where there is an alleged failure...more

Temporary Employees in Wisconsin Now Able to Bring Tort Suits for Work Injuries Despite Worker's Compensation Act's Exclusive...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a game-changing decision, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently ruled that temporary employees who have not filed a compensation claim under Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation Act may sue their temporary employer in tort....more

Joint C.C.P. 998 Offers to Compromise May be Valid—in Certain Circumstances.

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is a frequent commentator on the C.C.P. § 998 Offer to Compromise process which allows a party in litigation to “reverse” certain costs if that party “beats” its offer...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Upholds Entry of Summary Judgment In Favor of Defendant In Slip And Fall Case

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In a case with very good facts for the property owner, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the entry of Summary Judgment against the Plaintiff in a case filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County (Collins...more

Confirmation from Pennsylvania Superior Court: The Fair Share Act Applies to Strict Liability Cases Involving Asbestos Exposure

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As a matter of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that the Fair Share Act applies to strict liability cases involving asbestos exposure. In Roverano v. John Crane, Inc., 2017 PA Super. 415 (Dec....more

Wisconsin Employers Now Subject to Tort Lawsuits for Temporary Workers’ Workplace Injuries

On January 9, 2018, District III of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that temporary workers who are injured while working for their host employers have the right to elect either to claim workers’ compensation benefits or...more

Ninth and Fifth Circuits Split on Issue of Punitive Damages Under Maritime Law

by Liskow & Lewis on

The stage appears to be set for intervention by the United States Supreme Court following the Ninth Circuit’s recent panel decision in Batterton v. Dutra Group, No. 15-56775 (9th Cir. Jan. 23, 2018). In Batterton, the Ninth...more

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

by Field Law on

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

by Field Law on

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.

by Field Law on

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

by Michigan Auto Law on

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.

by Field Law on

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

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