Case Notes

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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    The D.C. Law Report is published by Douglas C. Melcher. Mr. Melcher is a licensed attorney and an active member of the District of Columbia Bar with more than a decade of experience in the private practice of law in the District of Columbia. He is a civil litigator with experience litigating a wide range of matters, including torts cases. He has written numerous articles for The D.C. Law Report and other publications, and is the author of the book Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia. To learn more about Mr. Melcher, click here. To learn more about Mr. Melcher's book, click here.

Case Notes

Court of Appeals Holds Plaintiff’s Evidence of Causation and Injury Sufficient to Survive Summary Judgment on Negligence Claim

On June 26, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Folks v. District of Columbia, No. 13-CV-688, slip op. (D.C. June 26, 2014), in which it considered whether the plaintiff presented sufficient evidence of injury and causation to survive summary judgment on a claim for negligence. Id. at 1-3. By way of background, the plaintiff alleged
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Court of Appeals Holds that Denial of Special Motion to Quash Under Anti-SLAPP Act Is Immediately Appealable

On May 29, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Doe No. 1 v. Burke, No. 13-CV-83, slip op. (D.C. May 29, 2014), in which it considered, inter alia, whether the denial of a special motion to dismiss under the District of Columbia’s Anti-SLAPP Act is immediately appealable. Id. at 2. By way
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Court of Appeals Holds that Plaintiff Failed to Establish a Claim Based on Allegedly False Report Casting Doubt on His Eligibility for Disability Benefits

On April 17, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Grimes v. District of Columbia, No. 12-CV-218, slip op. (D.C. Apr. 17, 2014), in which it considered whether the trial court erred in dismissing the plaintiff’s claims for (1) retaliation under the District of Columbia Human Rights Act (“DCHRA”), (2) intentional infliction of emotional
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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: July 2014

» On July 16, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order amending D.C. Appellate Rule 49 to allow in-house counsel who are not members of the D.C. Bar to provide pro bono legal services in the District of Columbia, subject to certain conditions. To retrieve a copy of the order from
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Court Opinions

Court Opinions: July 2014

In July 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 Steele
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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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