On May 2, 2013, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, decided Hernandez v. Banks, Nos. 08-CV-1571 & 09-CV-744, slip op. (D.C. May 2, 2013) in which it considered “whether [the District of Columbia] should continue to follow the [common law] rule . . . that the contracts of mentally incapacitated persons are inherently void, or
- Court of Appeals Holds in En Banc Decision that Contracts of Mentally Incapacitated Persons Are Not Inherently Void
- Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Collision Cases for 2012
- News Briefs: April 2013
- Court of Appeals Casts Doubt on Private Nuisance as an Independent Tort; Suggests En Banc Review Needed
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On April 11, 2013, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Ortberg v. Goldman Sachs Group, Nos. 11-CV-125 & 11-CV-440, slip op. (D.C. Apr. 11, 2013) which is a split decision. Although the Court of Appeals considered several issues in reaching its decision, this case note mentions only the Court of Appeals’ consideration of one issue; specifically,
On April 11, 2013, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Pietrangelo v. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP, No. 11-CV-1067, slip op. (D.C. Apr. 11, 2013), a case in which the plaintiff, an individual, alleged a litany of claims against the defendant, a law firm that had previously represented him in a civil matter. Id.
On March 28, 2013, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Woods v. District of Columbia, No. 11-CV-1011, slip op. (D.C. Mar. 28, 2013) in which it considered whether a negligence claim against the District of Columbia was barred by the public duty doctrine. Id. at 1-2. By way of background, the public duty doctrine ”precludes holding
On March 21, 2013, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Briscoe v. District of Columbia, No. 11-CV-981, slip op. (D.C. Mar. 21, 2013) in which it considered a case arising from an incident in which the appellant allegedly tripped and fell due to a defective curbstone on a public street in the District of Columbia. Id.
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 2012. According to the compilations, there were nine jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice cases during 2012, only two of which were for the plaintiff. The plaintiff verdicts were
On January 18, 2013, the District of Columbia enacted the “Access to Justice for Bicyclists Act of 2012″ (A19-625) which provides bicyclists with additional rights to relief for civil assault and battery by motorists. The legislation states, in relevant part, that “[a]n individual who, while riding a bicycle, is the victim of an assault or battery by
» On April 26, 2013, the Judicial Nomination Commission announced that it is seeking comments from interested persons on the qualifications of Chief Judge Eric T. Washington for redesignation as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Chief Judge Washington’s current four-year term as Chief Judge ends in August 2013. To read