Short Articles

Legislation Introduced to Limit Defense of Contributory Negligence in Certain Motor Vehicle Negligence Cases

Jan 11th, 2015 | By Douglas C. Melcher

On January 6, 2015, five members of the D.C. Council introduced the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2015 (B21-4), the stated purpose of which is “[t]o limit the application of the doctrine of contributory negligence in cases of collisions between non-motorized users of public highways and motor vehicles.” B21-4, preamble. By way of background, the common law
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Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Accident Cases for First Half of 2014

Sep 7th, 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 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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Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Accident 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 accident cases for 2013 (i.e., January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013). According to the compilations: » 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, according to the legislation’s preamble, would “establish a civil cause of action for an individual whose former spouse has maliciously interfered with the individual’s ability to remarry.” The operative text
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