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John Bair

Plaintiff 101: A Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

This article is the second in a short series called Plaintiff 101: Things to Know Before, During and After Litigation. Without warning, the unthinkable has happened: you were seriously injured. At first, the events that led to the injury might […]

Tatum O’Brien

If you get hurt at the gym, can you sue them?

At most gyms, an individual must sign a membership agreement prior to using the facility. This membership agreement almost always includes a release from liability or liability waiver provision. Generally, if an individual signs a release of liability or a […]

Leslie Brueckner

Corporations’ Use of Personal Jurisdiction Defense on Trial in U.S. Supreme Court

In July 2016, the California Supreme Court offered a ray of hope by rejecting a corporation’s personal jurisdiction defense in sweeping terms, much to the dismay of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and all its corporate cronies—and to the delight of fans of access to justice. Predictably, the corporation has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the California Supreme Court’s ruling, arguing that it would be fundamentally unfair to allow it to be sued in California. Now, Public Justice has weighed in with an amicus brief on the other side, arguing that the California Supreme Court got it 100% right.

Tatum O’Brien

Marsy’s law: What is it, and what does it mean for North Dakota?

Marsy’s Law is not a law at all, but is actually part of the North Dakota Constitution as of December 8, 2016. North Dakota’s voters approved a new constitutional amendment about victims’ rights called Marsy’s Law. Despite opposition from attorneys, […]

Tatum O’Brien

Why Carry More Auto Insurance Than the Limits?

In North Dakota, drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of bodily injury liability coverage equal to $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident, and $25,000 per accident for property damage. Why should you consider carrying more? When a crash is […]

Leslie Brueckner

Patients v. Profit: Landmark Case at South Dakota Supreme Court

When a patient’s doctor is found to have repeatedly, and brutally, performed unnecessary surgery after surgery, does the patient have a right to know why that physician was ever allowed inside a hospital’s doors in the first place? That’s the central question at the heart of Novotny v. Sossan, a case filed on behalf of more than thirty plaintiffs who claim they were victims of a scheme by two South Dakota hospitals to commit fraud by subjecting those patients to unnecessary and dangerous spinal surgeries that left many of them permanently injured.

Nathaniel Fick

Avoidable Chaos After Being Injured

In a recent Maryland Court of Appeals case, the standing question to pursue a personal injury claim was ultimately resolved in favor of the plaintiff. Even though that plaintiff had filed for bankruptcy before she filed her claim in Maryland […]

Arthur Bryant

This Year’s Top 5 Reasons They’re Attacking ‘Greedy’ Trial Lawyers & ‘Frivolous’ Lawsuits

Each year, Public Justice recognizes the lawyers who made the greatest contribution to the public good by trying or settling a case as finalists for our nationally-prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. We’re proud to announce this year’s five finalists.

Nathaniel Fick

Expert Witnesses – What They Add to a Personal Injury Case

When you bring a personal injury lawsuit, you must be prepared to prove your damages within a reasonable degree of certainty. This doesn’t mean picking a number that seems fair, or simply guessing what happened when facts are in dispute. […]

Nathaniel Fick

What’s the Difference Between Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation?

When an employee is injured on the job, the remedies available to him may include workers’ compensation and/or a personal injury lawsuit, but many people do not understand the difference between the two. Workers’ Compensation Workers compensation is an insurance […]