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Form Over Substance: The Rhode Island Superior Court Further Refines The Peer Review Privilege

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Rhode Island Supreme Court Update: Oden v. Schwartz, May 16 2013

On May 16, 2013 the Rhode Island Supreme Court delivered its opinion in Oden v. Schwartz, a medical malpractice action arising out of the misplacement of a suture during mitral valve replacement surgery. This decision is notable for the Supreme Court’s rulings upholding the constitutionality of the prejudgment interest statute, R.I. Gen. Laws § 9-21-10(b), its approval of the trial judge’s instruction on liability insurance and its ruling on the applicability of the defense of intervening and superceding cause.