Preparing and Trying the Dog Bite Case

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Wednesday, September 26, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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Wednesday, October 10, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $150

Information

Why Attend?

  • Learn the law associated with injuries caused by pet dogs
  • Understand how the dog’s previous behavior might affect liability
  • Plan to present the best case—for either the plaintiff or the defendant

Dogs are man’s best friend: nearly 40% of households in the United States have at least one dog. Unfortunately, well over 4 million people suffer dog bites each year, and the great majority of those are from dogs that they know. Whether the victim requires medical attention or not, the experience is traumatic for all concerned—owner, victim, and even the dog.

It is no surprise that dog bite–related litigation is commonplace, or that legislatures across the country are making significant revisions to their laws. Our speakers, Rhonda Quagliana (for the plaintiff) and Don Morin and Rachel Horvath (for the defense), will update you on important legislative changes in Virginia dog law, and then show you the best way to handle cases of your own.

They will cover the elements for a cause of action for a dog bite (duty, violation, and cause) and damages that may be awarded for injuries. In addition, they will answer these questions:

  • What do dangerous dogs and sex offenders have in common?
  • Do dogs have a right of self-defense/defense of others?
  • What can you do if you catch the neighbor’s dog chasing your chickens?
  • Is it criminal for the state to take your pets away?
  • Recently, how have dogs made legal news?
  • When is a dog “vicious” and when is it merely “dangerous”?
  • Does a dog have a right to a jury trial?  If so, does he get a jury of his peers?
  • When a “dangerous” dog moves, must he leave a forwarding address?
  • Are parents liable for the torts of their children's dogs?
  • Following a divorce, who “owns” the dog for purposes of liability?
  • What civil liberties do owners of “dangerous” dogs relinquish?
  • May a locality ban pit bulls?
 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (September 26)

12:00 Preparing and Trying the Dog Bite Case
1:45 Question-and-Answer Session
2:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 11:30 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 10)

12:00 Preparing and Trying the Dog Bite Case
1:45 Question-and-Answer Session
2:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY

Rachel D. G. Horvath, Morin & Barkley LLP / Charlottesville
Donald R. Morin, Morin & Barkley LLP / Charlottesville
Rhonda Quagliana, St. John, Bowling, Lawrence & Quagliana, LLP / Charlottesville

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