Professional Liability in the News

Weekly, the ABPLA provides a summary of articles of interest to attorneys who practice professional liability and the consumers of legal services. The majority of the stories provided each week are be from various mainstream media written in a language that is easy for non-attorneys to understand. 


Week Ending February 10, 2019

MEDICAL

 
Trial lawyers and doctors clash over planned medical malpractice rule change
witf.org
A proposed rule change is sparking debate around medical malpractice lawsuits, pitting doctors and health systems against personal injury trial ...

UW Health Transformation surgeon accused of neglect, sexual exploitation
WMTV
The medical malpractice lawsuit claims John W. Siebert, M.D. “failed to use the degree of care, skill and judgment that reasonable physicians would ...
 
Trial lawyers and doctors clash over planned medical malpractice rule change
witf.org
A proposed rule change is sparking debate around medical malpractice lawsuits, pitting doctors and health systems against personal injury trial ...
 
Thyroid cancer incidence associated with malpractice climate
Penn State News
The incidence of thyroid cancer was associated with malpractice payouts in a ... Malpractice payout rates related to thyroid cancer could be a proxy for ...
Comstock's Magazine
In 1975, California's two main medical malpractice insurers announced huge premium increases and threatened to drop all coverage in the state.

Jury Awards $4.7M in Med-Mal Case
Law.com
A $4.7 million verdict from a medical-malpractice trial against multiple defendants turned into a $1 million insurance policy limit settlement and more ...
 

Imaging Co. Urges 7th Circ. To Toss $15M Med Mal Verdict
Law360
Stephen Peters of Plunkett & Cooney PC, counsel for the Center for ... could in turn cite the state's medical malpractice law to limit his legal obligations.

Negligence – Medical malpractice – Bond
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Where (1) a plaintiff brought suit seeking damages for a serious infection and related complications after a surgical procedure on July 31, 2015 at ...
USA TODAY
In 1996, my husband underwent surgery for spinal stenosis, which helped with the pain. But 10 years later, his back was hurting again. He was a big, ...

Court didn't abuse discretion in instructing jury in medical malpractice case, Maryland court rules
Legal News Line
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeals of Maryland determined that instructions given to a jury in a medical malpractice case in ...
  
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Scranton judge transfers $600M legal malpractice case against Montgomery McCracken
The Pennsylvania Record
SCRANTON - A massive legal malpractice lawsuit alleging class action plaintiffs were shorted by more than $600 million is headed out of ...

Insurer Cannot Sue Law Firm it Hired to Defend its Insured for Legal Malpractice
JD Supra (press release)
Once the underlying litigation ended, the insurer filed a legal malpractice action against the law firm alleging its negligence caused the insurer to pay a ...

Dugan partially grants motion to dismiss legal malpractice suit involving $780K Madison County ...
Madison County Record
“First, in order to state a cause of action for legal malpractice, the complaint must set forth the facts from the underlying case to establish that Midwest ...

Summary judgment affirmed in legal malpractice suit stemming from 2010 oil spill
The Louisiana Record
The State of Louisiana in the Court of Appeal for the First Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment despite challenges from a seafood company ...
 
Colorado court: If you sue your lawyer for a lost judgment, you must prove it would have been ...
Legal News Line
“In a legal malpractice claim alleging that an attorney mishandled an underlying case, the measure of a client-plaintiff's damages is the amount of the ...

Texas Supreme Court grants motion to dismiss in dispute between insurance company, law firm
Legal News Line
The court ruled that "each of Thompson Coe's requested declarations are aimed at establishing a defense to a potential legal malpractice claim by ...
 
Will AI Put Lawyers Out Of Business?
Forbes
“It may even be considered legal malpractice not to use AI one day,” says Tom Girardi, renowned civil litigator and the real-life inspiration for the ...