Case Notes

Court of Appeals Affirms Award of Compensatory Damages in Negligence Action for Medical Malpractice

On November 20, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Providence Hospital, Inc. v. Willis, Nos. 13-CV-920 & 13-CV-921, slip op. (D.C. Nov. 20, 2014), in which it reviewed a judgment awarding compensatory damages for medical malpractice. Id. at 1-2. By way of background, the plaintiff in this case alleged, inter alia, that nurses employed by
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Case Notes

Court of Appeals Affirms Award of Damages Against MPD Officers for Assault and Battery

On November 13, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided District of Columbia v. Bamidele, Nos. 12-CV-28 & 12-CV-33, slip op. (D.C. Nov. 13, 2014) in which it considered whether to affirm a judgment awarding compensatory and punitive damages against several officers of the Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) for assault and battery and against
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Court of Appeals Rejects Premises Liability Action Because Plaintiffs Failed to Establish Applicable Standard of Care

On October 23, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Night and Day Management, LLC v. Butler, Nos. 13-CV-944 & 13-CV-1168, slip op. (D.C. Oct. 23, 2014) in which it considered whether the trial court properly entered summary judgment for the defendants in a negligence action for premises liability. Id. at 2. The plaintiffs
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Court of Appeals Holds Negligence Action Barred by Public Duty Doctrine; Vigorous Dissent Calls for En Banc Review

On September 25, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Allen v. District of Columbia, No. 10-CV-1425, slip op. (D.C. Sept. 25, 2014) in which it considered whether the public duty doctrine barred a negligence action against the District of Columbia. Id. at 2. The action was based, in relevant part, on the conduct of two emergency medical technicians
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Short Articles

Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Accident Cases for 2014

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia recently released compilations of data regarding jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice, slip-and-fall, and auto accident cases for 2014 (i.e., January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014). According to the compilations: » There were eight jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice cases during 2014, three of which were for the
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News Briefs

News Briefs: January 2015

» On January 2, 2015, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie became Chair of the D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary. To view a biographical statement and other information about Councilmember McDuffie, click here. » On January 7, 2015, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure announced that it has begun performance reviews of Judges John M. Ferren and Frederick
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Court Opinions

Court Opinions: January 2015

In January 2015, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals published the opinions listed below. The opinions listed below are organized by type or source of appeal. To retrieve an electronic copy of any of these opinions from the Court of Appeals’ website, click on the citation for the opinion that you want to retrieve. Civil Havilah
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Books

A New Book to Add to Your Law Library: Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia

The publisher of this website is pleased to announce that he has authored Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia, which is a reference book intended for legal professionals who need detailed technical information about the principal tort claims and defenses recognized in the District of Columbia. The book is logically organized to
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