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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Case Notes

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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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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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: September 2014

» On September 7, 2014, The Washington Post published an article discussing financial problems faced by the District of Columbia’s IOLTA program due to low interest rates. To view the article, click here. » On September 8, 2014, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure announced that it has begun reviews of Judge Warren R.
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Court Opinions

Court Opinions: September 2014

In September 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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