Case Notes

Court of Appeals Holds that a Power of Attorney Does Not Authorize Appearance in Court on Behalf of a Principal

Aug 12th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

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

Aug 10th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

p5rn7vb 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
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Court of Appeals Holds that Denial of Special Motion to Quash Under Anti-SLAPP Act Is Immediately Appealable

Jun 28th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

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

Jun 27th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

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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