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No immunity for sponge count claim (access required)

A teaching hospital’s surgical nurses and technicians can be sued for leaving a sponge in a patient’s abdomen. Although a teaching hospital has an educational mission that may protect the hospital and some medical personnel from suit, correctly counting sponges ...

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Every dog-bite case has its day (access required)

Most lawyers will have a dog-bite case at least once in their legal careers. Even if you do no personal injury work, you may have another kind of client, or a friend, neighbor or employee, who has had an unfortunate ...

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Dysfunction Junction (access required)

Don’t dis a dysfunctional marriage, the Virginia Court of Appeals says. Even dysfunctional marriages deserve respect. Even when they’re not actually marriages. After all, one couple’s de facto “dysfunctional marriage” may be another person’s happy cohabitation. It was a familiar ...

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