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By Brittany Buckley Salup

Chief Judge Brian Jackson issued an “Omnibus Order Suspending All Deadlines” for cases pending or to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  The Order explains that the court has been inaccessible—a key term in the Federal Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure—since August 12,

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By Claire Juneau

On August 17, 2016, Governor Edwards amended Executive Order JBE 2016-57 which had suspended the running of prescription, peremption, and all legal delays from August 12, 2016 until September 9, 2016. The amendment to Executive Order JBE 2016-57 modifies the suspension of deadlines as follows:

  • Liberative prescription and peremptive periods continue to

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By Jennifer J. Thomas

On December 20, 2015, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners’ (“LSBME”) published in the Louisiana Register the final rules for processing complaints against physicians and investigations regarding the practice of medicine.   The new rules are contained in Chapter 97 of LAC 46:XLV and are a result of Act 441 of

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By Karen M. Fontana

William McDougald et al. v. St. Francis North Hospital Inc. No. 48,955 (La. App. 2nd Cir. April 9, 2014) 137 So.3d 1233 writ denied 2014-0815 (La. 6/3/14), 140 So.3d 1191.

In this medical malpractice wrongful death action, the plaintiffs contended that the defendant physician breached the standard of care in temporarily

By Karen M. Fontana

The effect of a physician’s decision to deviate from the pharmaceutical company’s dosage instructions contained in a drug’s FDA approved package insert has been a recurring issue in medical malpractice litigation with many claimants contending that any deviation from the manufacturer’s instructions constitutes malpractice. In a recent case the Louisiana Fourth

By Jason R. Cashio

The Louisiana Supreme Court has, once again, affirmed the constitutionality of the statutory cap for damages in Medical Malpractice cases.  On March 13, 2012, the Court reiterated its prior holding that the cap is constitutional and applicable to all qualified healthcare providers under the Medical Malpractice Act, including nurse practitioners.  The

By Linda G. Rodrigue

Act 337 of the Regular Session of the 2011 Louisiana Legislature enacted an amendment to Louisiana R.S. 37:1285(A) to add new subsection (A)(32), which provides an additional ground for physicians to be disciplined by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (the “LSBME”). The new ground relates to a physician holding

By Deborah J. Juneau

In Oliver v. Magnolia Clinic, 2010-2785 (La. 3/25/11), 57 So. 3d 308, the Louisiana Supreme Court vacated a Third Circuit ruling that nurse practitioners were not covered by the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act and did not benefit from the cap on damages. The Supreme Court remanded the case to the Third Circuit for an en banc consideration in order to obtain a majority opinion on the issues presented.

Upon original hearing, two judges of a five judge panel of the Third Circuit ruled the Medical Malpractice Act’s inclusion of nurse practitioners within its ambit violated the equal protection guarantees of the Louisiana Constitution and La. R. S. 40:1299.41(A)(1) and was, therefore, unconstitutional. Two judges on the panel ruled that the inclusion of nurse practitioners as health care providers entitled to the protection of the Medical Malpractice Act did not go into effect until the amendment of the statute in 2009. Because the alleged malpractice of the nurse practitioner occurred in 2000-2001, the statute did not cover the defendant nurse practitioner, and she was not entitled to a cap on the damages awarded at trial.
 


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By Jennifer J. Thomas

The United States Supreme Court on March 21, 2011 denied a writ application by a physician who was appealing the lower Federal court’s decision dismissing the physician’s civil rights action against the University of Illinois where the physician alleged numerous violations of his constitutional rights. See Abcarian v. McDonald, 617 F.3d 931 (7th Cir. 2010), writ denied, No. 10-913 (2011). The physician had been the head of the Department of Surgery at the University when he was notified that a lawsuit was being contemplated against him due to the death of a former patient. The physician alleged that when the University learned of the potential lawsuit it conspired with other defendants to discredit the physician’s reputation and executed a settlement agreement with the deceased’s family. The physician further alleged that the settlement agreement was a step in a conspiracy to destroy his reputation because the settlement agreement was entered merely so the defendants could report the settlement of the medical malpractice claim to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the National Practitioner Databank. The physician filed suit alleging free speech, equal protection and procedural due process claims against the defendants.


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On March 21, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives on almost a straight party-line vote passed two final healthcare reform bills late Sunday night. Initially, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3950, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a vote of 219 to 212.

Following the passage of H.R. 3950, the House of