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Countdown to 2021: 60 Important Supreme Court Decisions for Rhode Island Civil and Appellate Practitioners (2015-2020)

For the first time in a decade, the Rhode Island Supreme Court is about to have a new composition.  Justices Melissa A. Long and Erin Lynch Prata will fill the seats vacated by retired Justices Gilbert V. Indeglia and Francis X. Flaherty in the New Year.

The outgoing Court has left an indelible mark on Rhode Island’s jurisprudence.  As we count down to 2021, we look back on the important civil decisions of the past five Rhode Island Supreme Court terms and the issues of first impression, practice pointers, and significant holdings that fill the pages of the Atlantic Reporter.

The slide deck highlights 60 decisions that fall within the following categories:

2019-2020 Term

  • Insurance
  • Employment Law: Rhode Island’s Whistleblower Protection Act
  • Statute of Limitations/Discovery Rule
  • Personal Jurisdiction
  • Attorneys
  • Constitutional Law
  • The Unauthorized Practice of Law

 2018 – 2019 Term

  • Electronic Filing
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Depositions
  • Motions to Amend
  • Statute of Limitations – the Discovery Rule
  • Raise-or-Waive Rule

2017-2018 Term

  • Attorneys’ Fees
  • Class Actions
  • Motions to Dismiss
  • Whistleblowers’ Protection Act/Internal Affairs Doctrine
  • Attorney-Client Privilege
  • Uniform Commercial Code – Lost Note

2016 – 2017 Term

  • Limited Scope Representation
  • Personal Jurisdiction
  • Employment Law
  • Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine
  • Law of the Case Doctrine
  • Raise-or-Waive

2015 – 2016 Term

  • Attorneys’ Fees
  • Electronic Filing
  • Expert Discovery
  • Judicial Notice
  • Motions for Entry of Partial Final Judgment (Rule 54(b))
  • Damages
  • Jury Verdict Forms
  • Juror Misconduct
  • Certiorari
  • Sufficiency of Prebriefing Statements and Appellate Briefs
  • Raise-or-Waive Rule
  • Transcripts

2014-2015 Term

  • Ghostwriting
  • Pleadings
  • Statute of Limitations
  • In Camera Review
  • Sua Sponte Rulings
  • Depositions
  • Independent Medical Examinations
  • Offer of Judgment
  • Punitive Damages
  • Annuities
  • Appeal from Grant of Summary Judgment in Favor of One Defendant without 54(b) Judgment
  • Timeliness of Appeal

About The Author

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Nicole J. Benjamin

I am a shareholder and business litigator at AP&S. I help businesses and their legal departments achieve their objectives by reducing their liabilities, advising them on complex legal matters and defending unavoidable litigation in federal and state court. I am also a member of the firm’s Appellate practice group and counsel the firm’s clients on appellate matters in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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