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D.C. Workers Compensation Act Amended to Provide for Reversion of Third Party Claims

The District of Columbia Workers Compensation Act provides for an automatic assignment of the right to sue a third party to the employer if the person entitled to compensation does not file suit within six months after being awarded compensation in an order. D.C. Code § 32-1535(b). This provision had been applied to ba… Read More
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Indemnification in Maryland

Frequently, when a party asserts a cross- or third-party claim, at least one count will assert that the cross- or third-party plaintiff is entitled to indemnification. It is almost boilerplate. However, Maryland law is fairly restrictive on the concept of indemnification, and frequently claims for indemnification are vulner… Read More
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Categories: Maryland

District of Columbia: Duties of Local Counsel

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has reminded the bar again that when an attorney undertakes to act on behalf of another person, no matter what the circumstances, he invokes upon himself the entire structure of the Code of Professional Responsibility. In re Thomas Fortune Fay, No. 14-BG-7 (D.C. March 19, 2015). The… Read More
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Virginia Legal Malpractice:  The burden of proving non-collectibility is on negligent attorney

In Shevlin Smith v. McLaughlin, the Virginia Supreme Court considered the issues of: (1) whether an attorney breaches the duty to a client by failing to correctly anticipate a judicial ruling on an unsettled legal issue; (2) whether collectibility is relevant to a legal malpractice claim when the alleged injury is the loss… Read More
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Requirements to plead a legal malpractice action arising from a criminal matter in Virginia

In Desetti v. Chester, the Virginia Supreme Court considered the issue of whether a plaintiff sufficiently pled a claim for legal malpractice that occurred during the course of an attorney's misrepresentation of the plaintiff in a criminal matter. The plaintiff, her husband, and her son were all involved in a criminal… Read More
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Federal court in D.C. rejects dramshop liability claims arising from off-premises fight

Partner Steve Schwinn, assisted by Raphael Cohen, of Jordan Coyne, LLP secured the dismissal of all claims against a District of Columbia nightclub owner seeking damages arising from the death of a graduate school student who became involved in a fight outside a fast food restaurant with three men who had been served alcoho… Read More
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Limit on Virginia courts to enforce subpoena duces tecum on nonresident non-parties

In Yelp, Inc. v. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc., 2015 Va. LEXIS 51 (April 16, 2015), the Supreme Court of Virginia considered the issue of whether a Virginia Circuit Court was empowered to enforce a subpoena duces tecum against a non-party California company having a registered agent in Virginia. The Court held that Virginia… Read More
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Categories: Virginia

D.C. Court of Appeals adopts the economic loss doctrine

In Aguilar v. RP MRP Washington Harbor, LLC __ A.3d __ (D.C. Sept. 4, 2014), the D.C. Court of Appeals considered the issue whether the District of Columbia will follow the majority of jurisdictions by adopting the “economic loss doctrine” which prohibits claims of negligence where a claimant seeks to recover pu… Read More
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Failure to issue reservation of rights letter does not waive per claim/per claimant deductible

We previously noted the decision in Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. All Plumbing, Inc., Civil Action No. 12-851 (D.D.C. Oct. 18, 2013)(Kollar-Kotelly, J.), where the Court held that Cincinnati Insurance's failure to properly reserve its rights and five-month delay in disclaiming coverage while controlling important actions… Read More
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DC:  Legal malpractice verdict in favor of plaintiff reversed on appeal due to lack of privity

In Scott v. Burgin, No. 12-V-1474 (D.C. Aug. 14, 2014), the Court reversed a $255,000 jury award in a legal malpractice case against a divorce attorney. The plaintiff was not a client of the defendant law firm, and consequently the Court held that the defendant's duty of care did not extend to the Plaintiff, and revers… Read More
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