Case Notes

Court of Appeals Holds that No-Fault Act Did Not Preclude Motor Vehicle Insurer From Enforcing Subrogation Clause

On February 27, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Hubb v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., No. 12-CV-1952, slip op. (D.C. Feb. 27, 2014), in which it held that the District of Columbia’s Compulsory / No-Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance Act (the “No-Fault Act”) did not preclude a motor vehicle insurer from enforcing a
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Case Notes

Superior Court Holds that Common Law Collateral Source Rule Generally Applies to Medicare

On February 6, 2014, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia decided Shell v. Rock Creek Nursing Center, Inc., No. 12 CA 8632, 2014 D.C. Super. LEXIS 3 (D.C. Super. Ct. Feb. 6, 2014), in which it considered whether the common law collateral source rule generally applies to Medicare. Id. at *1-2. The Superior
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Court of Appeals Clarifies Procedures for Challenging Denial by MPD of Non-Chargeable Sick Leave

On December 12, 2013, and again on January 16, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued decisions holding that a denial by the Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) of a police officer’s request for non-chargeable sick leave is reviewable — in the first instance — by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and
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Court of Appeals Holds that Trial Court Erred in Excluding Expert Testimony in Medical Malpractice Action

On November 7, 2013, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Perkins v. Hansen, No. 11-CV-1540, slip op. (D.C. Nov. 7, 2013), a medical malpractice case in which it held that the trial court erred in excluding expert testimony on causation. Id. at 1-2. By way of background, “[a]ppellant brought a medical malpractice suit
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Court of Appeals Holds that Notice Requirement Applicable to Medical Malpractice Actions May Be Excused in the Interests of Justice

On October 3, 2013, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Lewis v. Washington Hospital Center, No. 12-CV-1178, slip op. (D.C. Oct. 3, 2013), in which it considered the scope of a trial court’s authority to excuse a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action for failing to provide a defendant with prior notice of
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Short Articles

Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Collision Cases for 2013

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 collision cases for 2013 (i.e., January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013). According to the compilations: (1) There were eight jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice cases during 2013, two of which were
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News Briefs

News Briefs: March 2014

» On March 5, 2014, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued an administrative order establishing procedures for “Stand-In Attorneys” who are responsible for representing and advising participants in Family Treatment Court. To retrieve a copy of the administrative order from the Superior Court’s website, click here. To retrieve an attachment to the administrative order, click here.
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Court Opinions

Court Opinions: March 2014

In March 2014, 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
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