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MTA head Smith ousted

Robert Smith is no longer the head of the Maryland Transit Administration. Erin Henson, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Transportation, said Smith's last day was on Friday, and she declined to characterize the nature of his departure. The MTA, a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation, oversees the state's mass transit operations. "It's a personnel issue. I can't discuss it," Henson said. MTA Senior Deputy Administrator of Operations Rob Barnes has assumed Smith's responsibilities. Henson said a replacement for Smith is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

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Rosen, Montgomery: A year later, opinion on informed consent has broad implications

In April 2014, Maryland’s highest court laid down a seminal opinion restating the doctrine of informed consent in Maryland, while addressing important issues of proof in informed consent lawsuits. The decision is a mixed bag for health care providers in Maryland. On the one hand, the decision helpfully makes expert testimony a legal requirement for informed consent cases, and sets a bar for that testimony to clear. On the other hand, that bar is set low and can now be cleared by a wider range of experts.

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