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Widener Commonwealth Law School

Friday, May 15, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 36 (5/15/09)

It's graduation weekend at many schools.  Best wishes to all law grads!

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • John Day on a doctor-owned med mal insurer's surgical checklist (Day on Torts)
  • Hearings on the Medical Device Safety Act of 2009 (Drug and Device Law)
  • Let's stick with Beck and Hermann for a while--In this post, they describe the ALI's attempt to finalize The Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation (Drug and Device Law)
  • NC Medical Board opposes a bill in the legislature that would make it more difficult to discipline doctors (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • OK tort reform compromise (TortsProf)

New Lawsuits

  • A tort claim, a precondition to filing suit against a public entity such as a school, has been filed in Indiana over alleged sexual assault on a school bus (
  • Walter Olson on "sexting suicide" suit (Overlawyered)


  • Virginia Court of Appeals disputes the meaning of "assault."  It's a criminal case, but the tort definition is discussed.  (VLW Blog)
  • Commentary on a recent D.C. Circuit decision rejecting the right-to-control test to distinguish between employees and independent contractors (Stier/Mass Torts Profs)



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