This year, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana has participated as amicus in a variety of issues of significant interest to the defense bar. Although DTCI is unable to become involved in every case in which its participation is requested, the Amicus Committee and the Board of Directors carefully consider each request and welcome the chance to work with defense counsel across the state on important issues of Indiana law before Indiana’s appellate courts.
In recent years, federal and state courts have issued numerous decisions involving medical monitoring. The results of these decisions make a couple of things clear. The first is that the viability of medical monitoring claims continues to decrease, and the second is that both federal and state courts overwhelmingly deny certification in medical monitoring class actions.
Do we all feel like we are drowning? Probably not, or at least I hope not. Some days I definitely feel like I have it all together. But what can we all do to help each other — and not just defense attorneys, but all members of the Indiana bar — during those days and weeks when we are struggling?
It’s no secret that depositions can make or break your defense. A discovery deposition is generally your one and only chance to learn what a witness knows and what they might say at trial. Failing to take advantage of this tool can lead to big consequences down the road, whether at trial or in a dispositive or other motion.
This year, the annual DTCI conference in South Bend will include a presentation on stress management. Those who find themselves with spare time in the northern part of Indiana should cross the state line into Michigan. I have heard numerous people say that the instant they enter Michigan on the Red Arrow Highway, they feel like they are on vacation.