Court of Appeals Requests Conflict Panel to Resolve Issue of Whether Plaintiff’s Prematurely Filed Complaint Can Be Equitably Amended to Allow Notice Period to Toll Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Action

Yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an adversarial published opinion in the case of Furr v. McLeod, MD, et al, Court of Appeals Docket No. 310652.  The panel ruled as it did only because prior Court of Appeals precedent  required it to do so under Michigan Court Rule (MCR) 7.215(J).  However, the panel requested impaneling a [...]

Supreme Court Issues Peremptory Order Reversing Court of Appeals Opinion Admitting Expert Opinion Without Supporting Literature in Medical Malpractice Case

This peremptory order issued by the Michigan Supreme Court on September 25, 2013, reverses the Court of Appeals opinion in Tondreau ex rel Estate of Peetz v. Sachinders S. Hans, M.D., P.C.coa.opn. In this medical malpractice case plaintiff alleged malpractice against the defendants and claimed a procedure "a carotid endarterectomy" was the cause of "chronic [...]

New York’s Highest Court Holds Insurer Responsible Up to Policy Limits Where It Refused to Defend Attorney in Underlying Suit Alleging Professional Malpractice for the Lawyer’s Conduct Acting in His Capacity as a Principal of a Business and Insurer Could Not Invoke Policy Exclusions to Coverage

This is a rather unremarkable case from the point of view of the legal rules expressed by the opinion, but I wanted to highlight a few significant points for clients to consider when addressing the parameters of an insurer’s duty and the risk involved in not taking affirmative action if a dispute arises or, better [...]

Michigan Supreme Court Grant Oral Argument to Consider Causation and Speculative Injury Claim in Medical Malpractice Action

The Supreme Court has granted oral argument on an application in a medical malpractice case to consider the Court of Appeals' majority ruling that speculative injuries can be the basis for damages in a medical malpractice case.  The Court specifically requests the litigants to brief and address whether the Court of Appeals' majority ruling is [...]