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Award of Permanent Partial Impairment by Virginia Commission Is Voided On Appeal

In Hitt Construction v. Pratt, 53 Va. App. 423, 672 S.E.2d 904 (Va. App. Feb. 17, 2009), the Court held that for the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission to exercise its review authority under the Act, when that authority is timely challenged, it must be composed of three statutorily authorized members. As a result, a d… Read More
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In Virginia, An Error of Judgment, or Even Negligence, Does Not Show Bad Faith By Insurer

In Goldstein v. National Casualty Company, 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 58129 (W.D. Va. July 28, 2008), Judge Kiser granted the insurer’s motion for summary judgment on an insurance bad faith claim. The claim arose from an excess judgment. The insured was a truck driver who was involved in an accident as he was attempting to… Read More
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Legal Malpractice Suit in D.C. Dismissed For Plaintiff’s Lack of Expert Testimony

In Footbridge Limited Trust v. Zhang, 584 F.Supp. 2d 150 (D.D.C. Nov. 5, 2008), Judge Kollar-Kotelly dismissed a legal malpractice suit due to plaintiff's lack of expert testimony to support the claim. The suit arose out of a real estate closing in which the plaintiff had loaned certain non-party borrowers $1.5 million… Read More
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Legal Malpractice Insurance Policy Rescinded Due To Fraud in the Application

In Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Ins. Co. v. Hancock, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20536 (E.D. Va. March 3, 2009), Judge Henry E. Hudson granted summary judgment in an insurer’s rescission action based on fraud in the application. The policy at issue was a legal malpractice insurance policy issued by Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insu… Read More
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Legal Malpractice Suit Dismissed Following Daubert Challenge to Mold Expert

In Young v. Burton, 567 F.Supp.2d 121 (D.D.C. July 22, 2008), the plaintiffs filed a legal malpractice claim based on the defendants’ alleged failure to file a timely personal injury lawsuit. The underlying suit was a claim for damages suffered by plaintiffs as a result of exposure to toxic mold while residing at an a… Read More
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Maryland Court of Appeals Holds That Co-Counsel Owes No Tort Duty to Referring Counsel

In Blondell v. Littlepage, No. 16, Sept. Term, 2008 (Md. March 30, 2009), the Court held that a plaintiffs’ co-counsel, who advised the clients to settle the medical malpractice claim, owed no tort duty to referring counsel. After the settlement, the referring counsel sued co-counsel, asserting negligence, fraud, brea… Read More
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Legal malpractice: Defense of Judgmental Immunity Recognized in D.C.

In Biomet, Inc. v. Finnegan Henderson LLP, No. 07-CV-813 (D.C. March 19, 2009), the Court formally recognized the defense of judgmental immunity in legal malpractice actions. Concerning this defense, the Court stated the following: Essentially, the judgmental immunity doctrine provides that an informed professional judgment… Read More
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