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Charter v. Chleborad

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
551 F.2d 246 (8th Cir. 1977)


Facts

The plaintiff had surgery on both of his legs. As a result of surgery complications, he had to have both legs amputated. He brought a medical malpractice suit against the surgeon (defendant). At trial, John Alder, an attorney, testified for the defense. On cross-examination, Alder testified that some of his clients were insurance companies in medical malpractice cases. The plaintiff asked him which companies, specifically, he represented but the trial court upheld the defendant’s objection to the questioning. The jury found for the defendant and the trial court denied the plaintiff’s motion for a new trial. In that motion, the plaintiff stated that one of Alder’s clients was the same insurance company that represented the defendant. The plaintiff appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per Curiam)

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