Thursday, April 16, 2015

Attorney's Jill Bechtold and Alison H. Hofheimer appear on The National Lawyers website

Attorney’s Jill F. Bechtold and Alison H. Hofheimer article was featured today on The National Trial Lawyers ( website. The article discusses how traditionally, pharmacists have enjoyed broad protection from potential liability claims of pharmacy customers. Many courts have historically held that pharmacists owe no independent duty to customers, beyond exercising “due and proper care in filling prescription[s].” However, in the last decade, the law provides a good case study in the evolution of pharmacist liability, exhibiting what is gradually becoming a growing movement among the courts. Now, pharmacists arguably must act as a “check” on the prescribing physicians and must independently evaluate the “reasonableness” of prescriptions, including the quantity, frequency, dosage, or combination with other prescriptions.”

Please click here to read the article in its entirety.

Jill F. Bechtold is Of Counsel with Marks Gray in Jacksonville, FL. She has a civil litigation practice focusing primarily in the areas of medical and professional liability defense, product liability defense, business litigation, trucking litigation and insurance defense. Her clients include physicians, hospitals, business owners, trucking carriers and insurers. She also has experience in defending professional licensure actions, including defending medical physicians in Department of Health investigations and licensed companies in Department of Business and Professional Regulation actions.

Alison A. Hofheimer is an associate at Marks Gray. She was the General Counsel of the Florida State University Supreme Court, served as the Business Relations Editor and a Senior Member of the Law Review. Her article titled, “Saved by the Bell? Is Online, Off-Campus Student Speech Protected by the First Amendment?” was published in the Fall 2013 Florida State University Law Review. Prior to joining Marks Gray, Ms. Hofheimer was a law clerk with the Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic and the Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut in Tallahassee, Florida.

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