Case Notes

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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Case Notes

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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Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Tort Claims for Trespass to Realty, Conversion, and Invasion of Privacy

On August 21, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Greenpeace, Inc. v. Dow Chemical Co., No. 13-CV-685, slip op. (D.C. Aug. 21, 2014) in which it reviewed the trial court’s dismissal of tort claims for trespass to realty, conversion, and invasion of privacy by intrusion. Id. at 2-3. By way of background, the claims
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Court of Appeals Holds that a Power of Attorney Does Not Authorize Appearance in Court on Behalf of a Principal

On August 7, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Jones v. Brooks, No. 12-CV-478, slip op. (D.C. Aug. 7, 2014), in which it considered, inter alia, “whether a power of attorney grants an attorney-in-fact (who is not a member of the bar) the authority to appear in court on behalf of a
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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: October 2014

» On October 2, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order amending Appellate Rule 48, which concerns legal assistance provided by law students, and Bar Rule XI, Section 1(a), which delineates the Court of Appeals’ jurisdiction in disciplinary matters. To view the order, click here. »  On October 7, 2014, the District
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Court Opinions

Court Opinions: October 2014

In October 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 Night
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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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