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Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Collision Cases for 2013

Mar 15th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

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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Legislation Introduced to Create Civil Cause of Action for Malicious Interference with Ability to Remarry

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

On December 17, 2013, Councilmember Muriel Bowser and three other members of the D.C. Council introduced the Justice for Ex-Spouses Act of 2013 (“B20-619″) which, if enacted, would “establish a civil cause of action for an individual whose former spouse has maliciously interfered with the individual’s ability to remarry.” B20-619, Preamble. The legislation states, inter
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New Rule of Evidence Provides Employers with Safe Harbor for Hiring and Retaining Persons Who Have Criminal Records

Jul 6th, 2013 | By Douglas C. Melcher

Effective June 15, 2013, employers in the District of Columbia may avail themselves of a new rule of evidence that provides a safe harbor for hiring and retaining persons who have criminal records. The new rule of evidence, which was enacted as part of the “Re-Entry Facilitation Amendment Act of 2012″ (L19-319), provides that “[i]nformation
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Legislation Introduced to Amend Statute of Limitations Applicable to Third-Person Negligence Claims Brought By Recipients of Workers’ Compensation

Jun 29th, 2013 | By Douglas C. Melcher

On June 18, 2013, Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Marion Barry introduced the “Workers’ Compensation Statute of Limitations Amendment Act of 2013″ (B20-345) which would permanently amend a statute of limitations contained in the District of Columbia Workers’ Compensation Act of 1979 (“WCA”). The WCA currently provides that, in cases where a private-sector employee is injured due
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