Preparing and Trying the Dog Bite Case (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2021


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the September 2018 webcast, Preparing and Trying the Dog Bite Case.

Topics Covered

  • 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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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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