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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Case Notes

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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Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Negligence Action for Failure to Establish Duty; Adopts Economic Loss Doctrine

On September 4, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Aguilar v. RP MRP Washington Harbour, LLC, No. 13-CV-329, slip op. (D.C. Sept. 4, 2014) in which it considered whether the trial court erred in dismissing a negligence action on the grounds that the plaintiffs failed to establish the existence of a recognized
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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 First Half of 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 the first half of 2014 (i.e., January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014). According to the compilations: » There were six jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice cases during the first
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News Briefs

News Briefs: November 2014

» On November 4, 2014, Karl Racine was elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. To view an article published by The Washington Post about Mr. Racine’s election victory, click here. » On November 12, 2014, the White House issued a press release announcing that President Barack Obama has forwarded to the U.S. Senate the
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Court Opinions

Court Opinions: November 2014

In November 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 District
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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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