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HTMLAre New Jersey Courts Modifying the Affidavit of Merit Requirements in Professional Malpractice Cases? 
Jeremy J. Zacharias; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
Based on its recent decision in Hill International v. Atlantic City Board of Education, 106 A.3d 487 (App.Div. 2014), the New Jersey Appellate Division had to decide whether the affidavit of merit (AOM) statute should be interpreted to require a supporting AOM from a “like-licensed”...


HTMLBleeding Risks Accompany Transvaginal Mesh Removal Surgeries
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2015, previously published on June 8, 2015
New findings have recently been published about the dangers for women forced to undergo surgery for the removal of transvaginal mesh. The mesh products have caused injuries to so many women that thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against at least seven manufacturers, including...


HTMLGet the Gist? No Certificate of Merit Necessary
Christina J. Westall; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 16, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
In December 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided Bruno v. Erie Ins. Co., 106 A.3d 48 (Pa. 2014), significantly changing the rules requiring a certificate of merit in professional liability cases. The scope of a professional liability claim is governed by Pa. R.C.P. 1042.1, which permits a...


HTMLAnother Crack In the Dam: “Narrow” Class of Beneficiaries Who May Sue Attorney Without an Attorney-Client Relationship Not So Narrow After All
Charlene S. Seibert; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 12, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
It is firmly established in Pennsylvania that to sue an attorney for legal malpractice, one must establish an attorney-client relationship or a specific undertaking of a duty. Of course, our system allows exceptions where public policy requires it, assuming that the exception is first defined and...


HTMLPrimer on Virginia’s Data Breach Law: Part III
J. Brandon Sieg; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2015, previously published on June 2015
Previous articles in this series have introduced considerations for Virginia businesses that experience a “breach of the security of the system.” They have discussed Virginia-specific disclosure obligations, including who to notify and what information to provide. But many Virginia...


HTMLWhy You Need a Written Employment Agreement
Christopher P. Morris, Karin Pagé, Megan D. Wallace; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2015, previously published on May 25, 2015
Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l. has a long history of providing employment law advice to its diverse clientele. With our employer clients, we always recommend the preparation and implementation of written agreements for all of their team members whether they are employees,...


HTMLDubeck v. California Physicians' Service (2nd Dist.Ct.App. 2015), ---- Cal.App.4th ---, 2015 DJDAR 2629, Case No. BC397704
McCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte Carruth LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2015
Plaintiff had a lump on her breast examined on February 11, 2005, and made follow-up appointments for a mammogram, ultrasound and a consultation with a breast surgeon. The lump proved to be cancerous resulting in numerous medical procedures. On February 16, 2005, the plaintiff filled out an...


HTMLLegal Update: Architects Beware: It Is Now Settled That The Principal Architect Owes a Duty of Care to Third Party Purchasers for Negligent Design
Amy Matthew; Miller Starr Regalia A Professional Law Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2015
In Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, the California Supreme Court held that architects and engineers can be held liable to condominium owners for negligently prepared plans, specifications or design modifications. In doing so, the Court enlarged the...


HTMLWashington Court of Appeal Finds Testimony of Non-Physician Toxicologist Sufficient to Prove Causation
Patrick S. Schoenburg; Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 5, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015
In a May 2014 opinion, the Washington Court of Appeal reversed a lower court decision, dismissing a plaintiff’s claim against her employer for negligent cleanup of mold growth. Plaintiff Bonny Bolson was working as a tax accountant when a severe storm flooded her office. While attempting to...


HTMLSignificant Louisiana Jurisprudential Development Regarding the Requirement of Utilization Review Doctors to be Licensed to Practice Medicine in Louisiana
Joseph J. Cefalu, Trenton J. Oubre; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 4, 2015, previously published on March 2015
Recently, on March 11, 2015, the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in Wilson v. Broadmoor, LLC, 14-694 (La.App. 5 Cir. 3/11/15); 2015 WL 1088465, affirmed the workers’ compensation judge’s (“WCJ”) exclusion of an employer’s utilization review report due to the...


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