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California Supreme Court overturns common law “release rule”

USA - September 18 2012 In Leung v. Verdugo Hills Hospital, 282 P.3d 1250 (Cal. 2012), a unanimous California Supreme Court repudiated the common law “release rule,” which previously held that a plaintiff who settles with and releases one joint tortfeasor from liability also releases all other joint tortfeasors from liability....