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Friday, July 2, 2010

WA: 90-Day Med Mal Notice Requirement is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Washington ruled yesterday that a 90-day notice requirement in medical malpractice cases violates the separation of powers.  The court struck down the certificate of merit requirement last September. has the story.


July 2, 2010 in Legislation, Reforms, & Political News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The "Most-Sued Mascot in Sports" is Sued Again

The Phillie Phanatic, named by Bob Jarvis (Nova Southeastern) as the "most-sued mascot in sports," is adding to his tally.  His latest round of litigation was brought by a woman claiming the Phanatic injured her knees when he climbed through the stands at a 2008 game in Reading, PA (home of the Phillies AA minor league club).  Coverage is here:; ABA Journal.


July 1, 2010 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Supreme Court of VA Grants Writ in Sovereign Immunity Case

The Supreme Court of Virginia will revisit its sovereign immunity doctrine in the drowning case of a 16-year-old boy in a Lexington, VA park.  Circuit Judge Michael Irvine found the City of Lexington was protected by sovereign immunity.  VLW Blog has the story.


June 30, 2010 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Retroactive Grade Inflation

Seriously.   From the New York Times:

One day next month every student at Loyola Law School Los Angeles will awake to a higher grade point average. But it’s not because they are all working harder.  The school is retroactively inflating its grades, tacking on 0.333 to every grade recorded in the last few years. The goal is to make its students look more attractive in a competitive job market.

Thanks to Kate Schaffzin for the tip.


June 29, 2010 in Teaching Torts | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Reminder- Prosser Award Nominations Deadline Coming Up

From Mike Rustad:

Dear Section Members:

The Torts and Compensation Systems section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) is soliciting nominations for the William L. Prosser Award for 2011.  The Prosser award "recognize[s] outstanding contributions of law teachers in scholarship, teaching and service in ... torts and compensation systems ...."   The three most recent distinguished recipients are  Oscar Gray, Dan Dobbs, and Robert Rabin.  Past recipients also include luminaries such as  Leon Green, Wex Malone,  and John Wade. 

Any law professor is eligible to nominate another law professor for the award.  Selection of the recipient will be made by members of the Executive Committee of the Torts and Compensation Systems Section, based on the recommendation of a special selection committee.  The announcement of the award will be made at the annual AALS meeting in January, 2011.   

Nominations, accompanied by a brief supporting statement, should be submitted to Prof. Michael L. Rustad, Chair Elect of the Executive Committee, either by regular mail or e-mail  at profrustad [at]   Since I am in Sweden teaching at the University of Lund until July 14, I will extend the period of nomination until July 20, 2010.   Nominations must be received no later than 5 pm eastern time (U.S.) on July 20, 2010.  E-mail submissions at profrustad [at] are preferred.   Under our section’s policy for the Prosser award, all letters must be accompanied by a letter of support via email or hard copy at the address below:

Michael L. Rustad

Thomas F. Lambert Jr. Professor of Law &

Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Concentration

Suffolk University Law School

120 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108-4977

June 28, 2010 in TortsProfs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)