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Friday, August 9, 2013

Bystander-of-a-Bystander Duty to Warn

Deborah J. LaFetra has an informative post at Pacific Legal Foundation on the Maryland Court of Appeals' decision in Georgia-Pacific v. Farrar.  This, of course, is the "bystander of a bystander" asbestos case, where the grandaughter of a worker who worked near another worker who worked with asbestos-products sued for her mesothelioma.  The Court of Appeals rejected the duty to warn.   

- SBS

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Overhaul of DC Office of Risk Management

The BLT reports on recent changes at DC's Office of Risk Management, the mandatory first stop in any tort claim against the city.

- SBS

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Update on Pittsburgh Zoo Mauling

Back in June, Chris provided a thorough summary of the Pittsburgh zoo mauling case. Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Tribune reported that the judge refused to dismiss the plaintiff's punitive damages and strict liability claims.   Discovery will now begin in the case.

- SBS

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

CT Personal Injury Lawyer Charged In Insurance Fraud Scheme

The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that a Connecticut attorney has been "charged with nine federal offenses" related to an insurance fraud scheme.  The article reports:

As alleged in the indictment, Haddad, who lives in Orange, and the others defrauded insurance companies by exaggerating the auto accident injuries sustained by Haddad's clients, and the cost of their medical care, to justify larger monetary settlements with insurance companies. Authorities say more than 10 insurance carriers lost a total of approximately $2.5 million. The Connecticut Post lists Travelers, Metropolitan, Progressive, Esurance and Nationwide as being among those that were defrauded from December 2006 to February 2010.

In June, Allstate and Deerbrook insurance companies filed a federal civil lawsuit against Haddad and others involved allegedly involved in the scheme. According to the suit, beginning in 2006, Haddad and others began to "defraud Allstate by submitting bils for medical treatment that was unneccessary, worthless, and often based on fictitious clinical findings or diagnosis."

Thanks to Lisa-Smith Butler for the alert. 

- SBS

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Monday, August 5, 2013

"Tort Law Defences" by James Goudkamp

James Goudkamp (Oxford Law) has published Tort Law Defences.  The book description provides:

The law of torts recognises many defences to liability. While some of these defences have been explored in detail, scant attention has been given to the theoretical foundations of defences generally. In particular, no serious attempt has been made to explain how defences relate to each other or to the torts to which they pertain. The goal of this book is to reduce the size of this substantial gap in our understanding of tort law. The principal way in which it attempts to do so is by developing a taxonomy of defences. The book shows that much can be learned about a given defence from the way in which it is classified.

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