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Seeking Your Nomination

Attention blog readers! This year, the ABA Journal is publishing their first ever “Web 100” celebrating the best of the legal industry on the web. In order to be named, we’ll need your help. For years, Professional Liability Matters has been your source for trends, regulations, decisions, and breaking news impacting the professional liability community. Our goal is — and always has been — to educate you about the professional liability landscape and provide resources to help professionals avoid pitfalls and to defend those professionals in the event of a lawsuit. If you feel Professional Liability Matters is one of the best legal blogs today, click here to nominate us.  The nomination deadline for the contest is July 30th.

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A Recap of 2016

There was considerable activity within the professional liability community in 2016. As a result, there was much to discuss. As we've done in past years, we've taken a close look at what was most interesting to you in 2016 with an eye toward maintaining your interest this year. Like 2015, thousands of you read about the risk management issues facing a response to legal audit letters. You were also very interested in the FLSA and FMLA. Many readers were interested in the tricky concept of pleading the Fifth Amendment in the civil context. Next, the most read post focused on how an eroding malpractice policy could spur litigation. Finally, in terms of the most read posts, you were interested in when a malpractice claim arises.

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We Need Your Vote!

Attention blog readers! We are proud to announce that Professional Liability Matters has been nominated in The Expert Institute’s “2015 Best Legal Blog Contest.” To be officially named one of the best legal blogs, we’ll need your help! There is a two-step process to this contest: first, blogs need to be nominated by our readers. Then, the blogs that receive the most nominations make it to the voting round. So, if you’d like to nominate Professional Liability Matters, click here for the official submission form! …

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Nationwide Certificate of Merit Survey

A growing number of states have enacted some version of an “affidavit of merit” statute in professional malpractice matters. The intended purpose behind these laws is to reduce “unnecessary” or unsupported lawsuits against licensed professionals. In states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and others, plaintiffs in malpractice litigation must certify through an impartial professional in the defendant’s field that there is a fundamental basis for the complaint. While the specifics of the particular statute in each state may differ in terms of scope and application, the importance of compliance cannot be overstated. At the request of many of our readers, we compiled a table of the requirements in each jurisdiction. This TABLE (click here) includes a 50-state survey of affidavit of merit statutes, includes a link to the applicable statute, if any, and summarizes the application of each law.

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New Reinsurance Deskbook from Thomson Reuters and DRI Features Thomas Segalla as Editor, Seven Goldberg Segalla Contributors

Goldberg Segalla founding partner Thomas F. Segalla led the team of lawyers who wrote the inaugural edition of the Reinsurance Professional’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide, a new treatise co-produced by leading legal publisher Thomson Reuters and DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, the largest organization of defense lawyers in the country.

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PL Matters Reaches 50,000th Hit

We’ve reached a milestone! PL Matters is pleased to report that we recently passed our 50,000th hit. We are humbled that thousands of professionals and employers (and our family members) decided to spend a few minutes — maybe more — on our site. Over the next 50,000 hits, we will continue working toward our goal of providing relevant and insightful content regarding the trends, legal developments, decisions, and breaking news impacting the professional liability community. Thank you for your time and your interest.

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The Inevitable Question: Who Hired You?

Invariably, during the representation of a professional, defense counsel may be asked by his or her adversary: who hired you? For a variety of reasons, opposing counsel may be interested in whether you were retained directly by the professional or you were appointed as defense counsel by an insurance company. A perfectly reasonable and appropriate response to this question could be: it’s none of your business.

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ABA’s Blawg 100 – Nominations Due August 9th

The ABA Journal is putting together its annual list of the 100 best legal blogs, based on reader votes. As publishers of Professional Liability Matters, we are proud to be considered for this prestigious list — and we would be honored if you would help. If you enjoy visiting Professional Liability Matters, and believe it is worthy of industry recognition, please click here to visit the ABA Blawg 100 Amici page and nominate us before the August 9 deadline. Thank you!

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