October 27

Broad Expansion of Duty by Design Professionals: The Beacon Residential Case

Broad Expansion of Duty by Design Professionals: The Beacon Residential Case

In Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, a landmark decision, the California Supreme Court greatly expanded the scope of duty owed by design professionals to third party purchasers. The Supreme Court justices unanimously held that a principal architect of new residential construction can be held liable to the eventual purchasers of those residences, and their associations, for negligently prepared plans.

October 14

Discovery Relating To The Reasonable Value Of Medical Services: Children’s Hospital (June 2014)

Discovery Relating To The Reasonable Value Of Medical Services: <em>Children’s Hospital</em> (June 2014)

Two recent appellate decisions, Dodd and Children’s Hospital, discuss whether defense counsel can discover the actual amount charged and not just the amount billed by third party factoring companies, lien holders, or insurance companies to medical providers for medical expenses incurred by a plaintiff. In Dodd, the court ultimately held that evidence of a medical care provider’s acceptance of a discounted amount was relevant to prove past medical expenses. While Dodd has been depublished, Children’s Hospital restores that ruling in the context of a hospital-insurance provider relationship.