A Washington state appellate court declined Monday to overturn a jury verdict in favor of a doctor accused of missing a patient’s fractured shoulder after surgery, ruling that the trial court judge was right to accept testimony and a report from the doctor’s expert.
A California state appeals court on Friday tossed a medical malpractice suit accusing a doctor of partially severing a woman’s nerve during organ removal surgery, rejecting the patient’s argument that the doctor failed to properly inform her about the risks and complications of the surgery.
The government told an Arizona federal court Monday that it’s the only proper defendant in a wrongful death suit brought over a woman who died after a fall at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, urging the court to dismiss the hospital and several of its staff from the case.
A Pennsylvania appellate court on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing a nursing home of medical negligence, saying the late patient’s husband failed to prove that his remaining claims of breach of contract and fraud should be revived.
An Illinois appellate panel tossed Friday a suit alleging that a hospital and doctors' failure to timely refer a patient to a vascular surgeon caused his leg to be amputated, saying the patient was treated by a vascular surgeon when the leg was still salvageable.
An osteopathic doctor and his chiropractor son were each slammed with prison sentences by a New Jersey federal court for defrauding Medicare out of about $890,000 by having unqualified individuals provide physical therapy at their medical practice, authorities announced Monday.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Friday affirmed a jury verdict clearing a doctor of medical malpractice in connection with an injury a woman suffered during an emergency Cesarean section, saying conflicting expert witness testimony was not enough to warrant a new trial.
A physician who sold painkiller prescriptions to patients at a restaurant and bar had his two-year probation for unprofessional conduct upheld by a Maryland appeals court Wednesday after it found that the evidence supported the state board’s disciplinary decision.
Texas’ high court on Friday freed four University of Texas doctors from a defamation suit brought by a medical resident, rejecting the resident's attempt to skirt a state law that prevents him from naming both the state university and its employees in the suit.
The Supreme Court of Alabama on Friday revived a suit alleging that doctors at a University of Alabama health facility made "heartless" remarks about an elderly cancer patient, including allegedly saying that doctors were “wasting resources” by treating her.
An Illinois jury awarded $4.8 million Thursday to the husband of a woman who died after being treated by a gastroenterologist who allegedly failed to live up to the standard of care.
In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The Texas Supreme Court declined Friday to hear appeals from both a doctor and the estate of a deceased patient suing him for allegedly bungling a spinal surgery, refusing to toss the suit and leaving in place an appellate ruling that the family must submit an amended expert report.
The Pennsylvania judiciary logged another busy year in 2017 as members of both the appellate and trial benches handled major cases, including a wholesale reshaping of environmental law in the state and a string of eye-popping verdicts in pharmaceutical product liability cases.
The family of an Ohio man filed a wrongful death suit in state court Tuesday alleging that Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s poor treatment of his bladder cancer led to his death in 2016.
New York’s highest court ruled Thursday in favor of two couples claiming they wouldn’t have had children through a fertility clinic had they known the egg donor was a genetic defect carrier, saying the statute of limitations began running at birth, rather than the date of the alleged medical malpractice.
A Texas appellate panel said Thursday a trial judge shouldn't have denied a dismissal bid in a medical malpractice suit alleging a doctor caused a patient's death by failing to timely order exploratory surgery, saying the estate’s expert testimony was "conclusory and inconsistent."
The New Jersey Supreme Court reinstated a medical malpractice lawsuit against Newark Beth Israel Medical Center that had been tossed over the late submission of an expert witness' statement, ruling on Thursday that the parties had been entitled by law to a conference to discuss any concerns about the testimony.
Harris County, Texas, filed a lawsuit in state court in Houston on Wednesday against 18 pharmaceutical companies and four local doctors, alleging they are collectively responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic and are liable for covering the costs of responding to it.
An Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that a mental health care provider will have to face a suit by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. alleging it should not have to defend the provider in an underlying suit over a patient’s suicide.
The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.
To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.
Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.
There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.
Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.
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The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.
There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.