"Professional Liability When Acting Pursuant to Court Appointment," International Association of Defense Counsel's Professional Liability Newsletter

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August 2009

Briggs and Morgan shareholders Diane Bratvold and John Degnan author "Professional Liability When Acting Pursuant to Court Appointment,"  as seen in the August 2009 issue of the International Association of Defense Counsel's Professional Liability Newsletter. In their article, Degnan and Bratvold report on a case of first impression in Minnesota and in many other jurisdictions. The case held that an accountant, who was court appointed as a neutral to perform a business valuation, had immunity from claims by parties to a dissolution action.

Degnan is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 30 years experience handling medical malpractice claims, prescription drug and pharmacy matters, products liability and issues relating to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act and the federal False Claims Act. He is frequently chosen as a mediator in business disputes and employment, commercial and injury cases.

Bratvold has practiced almost exclusively in civil appeals for more than 20 years and frequently consults or has been admitted pro hac vice for appellate matters in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. She has handled many appeals involving a wide range of issues, including constitutional law, employment law, trust and probate matters, trade secrets, business contracts, insurance law, ERISA litigation, complex civil procedure, product liability and tort liability.

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