Calif. Appeals Court Affirms New Trial In Patient Death Suit

Law360, Chicago (October 30, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling granting a new trial in a suit accusing a doctor of negligence in the death of a patient from a severe colon infection, finding that the jury's failure to return a written verdict amounted to an irregularity in the proceedings.

Dr. Alfonso Barragan must face a second trial in a case brought by the family of Olivia Montoya — who died under the doctor's care in 2007 — even though the jury found that Barragan's negligence was...
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