NMSC: Independent Medical Examiner Required to Determine Cause of Death in Workers Compensation Claims

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Just before the Thanksgiving holiday the New Mexico Supreme Court released an opinion in a worker’s compensation case, Lewis v. Albuquerque Public Schools. I try to blog about these cases

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NMSC Applies Notice Pleading Standard to the Medical Malpractice Act

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The New Mexico Supreme Court published an opinion this week applying New Mexico’s liberal notice pleading standard to applications to the Medical Review Commission (“MRC”) under the Medical Malpractice Act.

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NMSC: A Business Cannot Sue for Unfair Competition Under the Unfair Practices Act

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The Unfair Practices Act is one of the most useful laws in New Mexico for consumers. But it protects consumers, not businesses: businesses cannot sue each other for

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State v. Sloan: NMSC Affirms Felony Murder Conviction

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State v. Sloan is a direct appeal of a felony murder conviction. The defendant and two other people broke into the victim’s house to obtain money or drugs. During the

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New Mexico Supreme Court Reverses Grant of Habeas Petition in Resident Child Molestation Case

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In State v. Lente, filed last week, the New Mexico Supreme Court reversed a district court order granting habeas relief to a defendant convicted of criminal sexual penetration and contact

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NMSC: No Magic Words for Guilty Pleas

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No "magic words" are required to show that a guilty plea is knowingly and voluntarily made.

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NMSC Affirms Order of New Trial After District Court Has ex parte Contact with Jury

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In a direct appeal, the NMSC affirms the district court's decision to order a new trial after having impermissible ex parte contact with the jury.

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NMSC Disbars Lawyer for Mismanagement of Client Funds

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The latest opinion out of the New Mexico Supreme Court, In re Behles, is a reminder of both an attorney's duty to safeguard client money and the diverse jurisdiction of

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New Mexico Supreme Court Eliminates Spousal Privilege

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The New Mexico Supreme Court just became the first state to eliminate one of the more obscure legal doctrines out there: the spousal privilege. Writing for the majority, Justice Nakamura

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New Mexico Supreme Court Stops New Energy Economy’s Bid to Block PNM’s Solar Plans

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The New Mexico Supreme Court filed its opinion earlier this week affirming the Public Regulation Commission’s order approving PNM’s 2018 renewable energy procurement plan. The PRC regulates utilities, telecommunications, and

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