Short Articles

Legislation Introduced to Limit Damages for Unjust Imprisonment Claims

May 7th, 2015 | By Douglas Melcher

On March 31, 2015, on behalf of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, the Chairman of the D.C. Council introduced the Unjust Imprisonment Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-150). The preamble to this proposed legislation states that it is intended “[t]o amend the District of Columbia Unjust Imprisonment Act of 1980 to limit damages that may
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Legislation Enacted Amending Statute of Limitations Applicable to Third-Person Negligence Claims Brought By Recipients of Workers’ Compensation

Mar 29th, 2015 | By Douglas Melcher

/ On February 26, 2015, the Workers’ Compensation Statute of Limitations Amendment Act of 2014 (Law 20-159) (the “Act”) became effective. By way of background, the District of Columbia Workers’ Compensation Act of 1979 (“WCA”) contains a statute of limitations stating that, in cases where a private-sector employee is injured due to the negligence of a third person, the acceptance
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Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Accident Cases for 2014

Feb 15th, 2015 | By Douglas 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 2014 (i.e., January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014). According to the compilations: » There were eight jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice cases during 2014, three of which were for the
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Legislation Introduced to Limit Defense of Contributory Negligence in Certain Motor Vehicle Negligence Cases

Jan 11th, 2015 | By Douglas 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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