Posts Tagged ‘litigation’

Revamping the DSM-5: What This Means for Defense Attorneys

 By: Ian Lambeets The American Psychiatric Association’s recent changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) provide another arrow in the quiver for plaintiffs seeking recovery for psychological injury.  These changes are especially relevant to insurers and businesses defending against personal injury claims where posttraumatic psychological disorders are at issue.   Defending against […]

 

Rule 3:22A: Expanding the Scope of Voir Dire

By: Ian Lambeets On January 1, 2013, a new rule passed by the Supreme Court of Virginia governing voir dire in civil trials took effect.  Rule 3:22A, in essence, will both expand and standardize the scope of questioning permitted during voir dire across all of Virginia’s circuit courts.  In the past, the scope of voir […]

 

Preserving a UM/UIM Carrier’s Right to Defend

[ed. note: THE INFORMATION IN THE ARTICLE BELOW DESCRIBES LEGAL MATTERS HANDLED IN THE PAST BY OUR ATTORNEYS. AS ALWAYS, THE RESULTS WE HAVE ACHIEVED DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH MATTER. BECAUSE EACH MATTER IS DIFFERENT, OUR PAST RESULTS CANNOT PREDICT OR GUARANTEE A SIMILAR RESULT IN THE FUTURE.] By:  Ian […]

 

Supreme Court of Virginia Grants Cert in Respondeat Superior Case

  Hat tip to the Virginia Lawyers Weekly for covering a story about a recent case that may have a far-reaching impact on the doctrine of respondeat superior in Virginia. The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted certiorari in a case out of Portsmouth Circuit Court, Westermann v. Bermisa M.D. (Va. Lawyers Weekly subscription needed) […]

 

ERISA Can Be Key Defense in Serverance Claims

The leader of our Life and Health team, Robert B. “Chip” Delano, Jr., writes: Regardless of how carefully plaintiff’s counsel may attempt to disguise claims for severance in state law clothing, employers should remember that claims of entitlement to severance benefits by former employees under a plan established by the employer for the purpose of […]

 

Recent Virginia Supreme Court Cases Effect Privilege Analysis and Liability for Accidents to Children

On June 10, 2010, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued two rulings that could have important impacts on Risk Management clients.

 

Supreme Court Holds That “Close Enough” Counts When Naming Parties to Suit

Research and analysis by Eric Howlett, summer associate at Sands Anderson, PC. Eric is a student at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. On June 7, 2010, in Krupski v. Costa Crociere S.p.A., No. 09-337, slip op. at 1 (U.S. June 7, 2010), the Supreme Court of the United States held that “relation […]