Indiana Court of Appeals: Medical-Malpractice Plaintiff Not Required to Settle with Healthcare Provider for Cap

Indiana Court of Appeals: Medical-Malpractice Plaintiff Not Required to Settle with Healthcare Provider for Cap

This week’s discussion looks to the Indiana Court of Appeals’ decision in Wallen v. Hossler holding that a medical-malpractice plaintiff was free to reject a settlement offer from a healthcare provider that would pay the entire amount up to the cap. In the process, the court preserved the plaintiff’s right to choose trial by jury.

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Seventh Circuit: Rule 67 is Not Viable Path to Pick Off Class Action Plaintiff

Seventh Circuit: Rule 67 is Not Viable Path to Pick Off Class Action Plaintiff

This discussion looks to the Seventh Circuit's decision in Fulton Dental, LLC v. Bisco, Inc., which rejected a defendant's attempt to use Rule 67 to deposit funds with the court's registry as a way to force a putative class representative to involuntarily settle its claim. Fulton Dental builds on the Supreme Court's decision, last year, in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, which held that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment could not moot a plaintiff's claims.

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Seventh Circuit Examines Standing for Class Rep and Departs from 3rd 8th Circuits on FDCPA Interpretation

Seventh Circuit Examines Standing for Class Rep and Departs from 3rd 8th Circuits on FDCPA Interpretation

This second installment on the day addresses the Seventh Circuit decision in McMahon v. LVNV Funding, LLC, which held for the first time – in direct opposition to the Third and Eighth Circuits – that a letter attempting to collect a time-barred debt does not need to threaten litigation to be actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The case also examined the issue of when a named-plaintiff in a putative class action case has his individual claim rendered moot by offer of settlement.

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