Case Notes

Court of Appeals Affirms Award of Compensatory Damages in Negligence Action for Medical Malpractice

Dec 26th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

On November 20, 2014, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided Providence Hospital, Inc. v. Willis, Nos. 13-CV-920 & 13-CV-921, slip op. (D.C. Nov. 20, 2014), in which it reviewed a judgment awarding compensatory damages for medical malpractice. Id. at 1-2. By way of background, the plaintiff in this case alleged, inter alia, that nurses employed by
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Court of Appeals Affirms Award of Damages Against MPD Officers for Assault and Battery

Dec 14th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

m4s0n501 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
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Court of Appeals Rejects Premises Liability Action Because Plaintiffs Failed to Establish Applicable Standard of Care

Dec 4th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

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

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

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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