A Texas appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a woman sued for being responsible for a minor car accident that purportedly caused a man’s late-onset injuries and eventual suicide, saying certain jury instructions were not unfair and the evidence supported the verdict.
A Kansas federal judge ruled Friday that the federal government is liable in a suit accusing Veterans Affairs medical staff of being responsible for the suicide of a former U.S. Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
An Ohio state appeals court on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing a Cleveland Clinic surgeon of negligently performing a routine shoulder surgery, saying the patient failed to present medical expert testimony that the doctor caused her injury.
A Pennsylvania appeals court refused to strike a judgment against an auto dealership Monday after agreeing that the company had waited too long to respond to claims it was facing over a car crash involving one of its employees.
A Georgia appeals court has reversed a trial judge’s decision to send a nursing home resident’s malpractice suit to arbitration, saying that just because a relative had the authority to make health care decisions on the man's behalf didn’t mean that family member had the right to decide how a legal grievance should be litigated.
The U.S. Department of Education said Monday it will open an investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of reports of sexual abuse and assault against former sports doctor Larry Nassar, as the fallout continues from allegations by female gymnasts that the school failed to adequately protect them.
A Dallas dancer who alleges the strip club that employed her negligently overserved her alcohol and contributed to her single-car crash after leaving work must take her claims to arbitration, a Texas appellate court held Friday in reversing a trial court decision against Buck’s Cabaret.
A pediatric cardiologist was charged with wrongfully disclosing protected health information in Massachusetts federal court Monday, with prosecutors alleging that in 2013, the Georgia man disclosed patient data to representatives of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc., which recently pled guilty to marketing cholesterol drug Juxtapid for off-label uses during the same time frame.
A New York high court decision granting access to the private portions of a plaintiff’s Facebook account because it was relevant to her personal injury allegations could be a boon for defense counsel and help clients beat suits by making it easier to obtain contradictory and potentially damning evidence.
A former Massachusetts pharmacist convicted of recklessly mixing drugs that led to a 2012 meningitis outbreak must forfeit $175,000, or less than one-half of his salary from the roughly three years a jury decided his laboratory degenerated into a criminal enterprise, a federal judge decided on Friday.
The Second Circuit on Friday upheld the toss of a malpractice case accusing a New York City hospital of causing nerve damage in a man’s shoulder by improperly positioning him during surgery, finding the patient’s expert testimony was far too speculative.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied a request from Methodist Richardson Medical Center to intervene in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the widow of a former patient, leaving in place a lower court's ruling granting the widow an extension to fix deficiencies in an expert report submitted in support of her claims.
A Texas appeals court has upheld a jury’s findings that an attorney violated state professional rules of ethics, noting that by his own admission he outright ignored discovery requests and was generally unresponsive in representing an auto accident client.
Amtrak is facing growing pressure to improve its spotty performance, justify its national network of routes, and modernize its systems following a string of high-profile derailments and accidents and continuing threats to its budget.
A Connecticut federal judge on Thursday recommended partial sanctions against the lead attorney for two former wrestlers in the concussion suit against World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., calling for him to pay for legal fees associated with the sanctions motion and warning him that failure to follow another court order would result in his dismissal from the suit.
A Louisiana state appellate court has revived a woman’s suit against a New Orleans hospital over the way it allegedly failed to provide for her mother during Hurricane Katrina, ruling that the woman should be allowed more discovery time to find an expert to support her claims.
Sam's Club again lost its challenge to a $1 million verdict for a customer left scarred and limping after injuring her leg at a New Jersey store, with a state appeals court saying Thursday that the business failed to show the award constitutes a miscarriage of justice.
The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a jury verdict which found a doctor liable for injuries suffered by a woman due to an alleged botched hysterectomy, saying the patient failed to present any evidence at trial that the doctor proximately caused her injury.
A Texas doctor who is facing an investigation into his care of three patients has asked the state Supreme Court to hear his constitutional challenge to billing record subpoenas issued by the state medical board.
A California jury awarded nearly $53 million on Wednesday to a pair of brothers whose pickup truck was hit by the driver of a CRST Inc. commercial truck that crossed over the center line of a two-lane highway.
Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.
Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Depositions are all about sound bites. You’ll either play them for the jury on video or use them for sharp, crisp impeachment. Either way, the message must be pithy and concise, says Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC.
Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.
Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.
The opioid epidemic is putting a white-hot spotlight on physicians for the foreseeable future. Careful adherence to regulations in their roles as both practitioner and employer can help physicians avoid unwanted scrutiny and penalties that could, at their harshest, threaten their livelihoods, say Joseph Gorrell and Matthew Collins of Brach Eichler LLC.
There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.