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Saturday, February 08, 2003

National Law Journal's 2002 Litigation Yearbook Cites Snell & Wilmer
in Top 100 Defense Wins


Doug Seitz of Snell & Wilmer's Phoenix office and Gina Rossano-Slattery of Snell & Wilmer's Tucson office were named as the defense team in a significant medical malpractice case tried in Maricopa County Superior Court. Seitz and Rossano-Slattery successfully cleared a pathologist of charges that he was negligent in failing to detect evidence of cancer in the biopsy of a young breast cancer patient. The Phoenix jury found no liability and there was no appeal in the case.

The National Law Journal's annual list identifies the top defense jury verdicts where the amount at risk is substantial. The cases identified are won despite problems such as unfriendly venues, sympathetic plaintiffs and tough opposing counsel. Basic criteria for the list includes; the plaintiff should have had a reasonable chance to win, as indicated by a settlement by a co-defendant, a defense offer of a substantial settlement or previous plaintiffs' wins in similar cases; the win must be complete (a moral victory where the loss is a million dollars instead of a billion dollars does not count); and the jury's decision must be valid, with no reversals or remands for new trials.

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