A Utah appellate panel said Friday a nursing home must pay the entire $1.4 million jury verdict in a suit accusing a nurse of negligence in fatally giving a patient the wrong medication, saying that as the nurse's employer, the home must assume responsibility for both the act and its concealment.
The federal government asked a Wisconsin federal judge Friday to dismiss a proposed class action accusing a Veterans Affairs dentist of engaging in unsterile practices that could have exposed patients to deadly viruses, saying the patients’ claims amount to “a disfavored species of tort law.”
Hollywood litigator Mark Geragos and other lawyers “dropped the ball” when they failed to fight a medical center's call for summary judgment last year, sinking a case brought by the family of a deceased woman, according to a California state suit filed Friday.
A New Jersey judge has released a German surgical toolmaker on jurisdictional grounds from a wrongful death suit alleging a device used to treat a now-deceased patient’s uterine fibroids caused her to develop cancer, leaving hospital entities and staff and the toolmaker's subsidiary to face the claims.
A Texas appellate panel has upheld the dismissal of a medical malpractice lawsuit brought against the East Texas Medical Center Tyler on behalf of two patients who alleged negligent care led them to contract bedsores, agreeing with a trial court that the expert reports submitted to back up the claims were insufficient.
A California appeals court refused to grant an attorney’s request for a bigger piece of a $2.5 million settlement for a minor with cerebral palsy, and ruled instead that the attorney’s percentage approved by the lower court might already be too high under California law.
A Philadelphia County court “played into defendants’ hands” by ignoring a number of late filings and made other mistakes in deciding to transfer a medical malpractice suit over the death of a toddler to another court 60 miles away, a Pennsylvania appeals court said Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday said it will get more assertive about ensuring that doctors and nurses can refuse to participate in abortions, a move that will encourage hospitals to assess employee attitudes on the subject.
An Illinois appeals court on Thursday affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a doctor accused of committing malpractice in a knee replacement, saying a trial court was within its rights to refuse to instruct the jury that evidence was missing.
A veteran and leg amputee who claims that a West Virginia tolling law should have delayed the deadline for filing his case alleging U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs malpractice has neither solid factual basis nor case law to proceed with his lawsuit, the government told the Fourth Circuit on Thursday.
A Missouri federal court on Thursday dismissed a $35 million suit by a former naval aviator over an allegedly career-ruining bipolar misdiagnosis by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, saying that the suit was filed too late.
The California Supreme Court on Thursday decided to review a suit over the suspension of a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center physician in connection with an allegedly botched spinal surgery, agreeing to review the hospital's appeal of a October decision that allowed the physician to continue the suit against the hospital over his suspension.
A split Louisiana appellate panel on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing a doctor and a hospital of failing to properly treat a woman’s sepsis, which ultimately caused her death, saying the doctor properly ruled out sepsis given negative test results.
Former executives at Insys Therapeutics Inc. charged with plotting to bribe fentanyl prescribers notched a quick win on evidence access Thursday at a Boston hearing that grew tense after defense counsel surprised a leading federal prosecutor with last-minute motions.
A Minnesota appellate court has nixed a medical malpractice case against a doctor who advised against admitting to the hospital an emergency room patient who went home and then died the next day, finding no doctor-patient relationship was ever established.
A Maryland appellate panel on Wednesday affirmed a jury verdict clearing the University of Maryland Medical Systems of negligently piercing a patient's esophagus during surgery that purportedly contributed to the patient's death, saying certain expert testimony and evidence for the defense was properly allowed by the trial judge.
USA Gymnastics on Thursday said it has ended its relationship with the Karolyi Ranch training center, one of the locations where former team doctor Larry Nassar is alleged to have molested gymnasts, an announcement that came amid a sentencing hearing in which Nassar pled guilty to sexual abuse charges.
A doctor admitted in New Jersey federal court Thursday to selling unlawful prescriptions for oxycodone to a government operative in exchange for cash or access to welfare benefits, and to defrauding Medicare and Medicaid programs out of $30,000 in billing for allergy tests, authorities said.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a trial judge’s decision to transfer out of Philadelphia a suit accusing health care providers of causing a man’s injury in a paratransit vehicle, even after determining the judge incorrectly classified the case as a form of medical malpractice.
A Pennsylvania federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss a suit seeking a declaration that Homeland Insurance Co. has no duty to help out a behavioral-health facility hit with an $11 million verdict after a patient left and shot someone, saying the claims are sufficiently pled at this stage.
While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
The pace of U.S. Department of Justice settlements with life sciences companies slowed in 2017, suggesting a potential change in enforcement approach. It remains to be seen whether U.S. attorneys in key districts will take the reins and reverse this slowdown, say John Bentivoglio and Jennifer Bragg of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.
While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
All too often, lawyers just think about “getting through” the deposition phase without fully taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their story. But following a few basic rules on the front end can help maximize the impact of a deposition at trial, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.
Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.
Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.