If you think Professor Rainwater's harsh on the red ink when it comes to deducting grades, don't even think about submitting your appellate brief to the 7th Circuit. The U.S. federal court expressed its frustration with an Illinois lawyer for failing to to provide a complete appendix. The omission, which violated the circuit court's rule requiring inclusion of important opinions from other courts, resulted in a $1000 sanction and a public reprimand published in the court's opinion.
The Minnesota Supreme Court recently held in Molloy v. Meier, 679 N.W.2d 711 (Minn. 2004), that a physician has an affirmative duty to inform a child's biological parents about possible future implications of their child's genetic disorder. This is one of the rare instances where the physician's duty of care extends to someone other than the patient. However, commentators note that an evolving standard of care heightens the physician's responsibility to share information when it carries repercussions for others.
Source: Litigation News March 2005