The names of candidates recommended to become the newest judge on the state’s highest court were revealed in the most-read law story of the week. The Court of Appeals was also in the news for disbarring three lawyers in five days. A new allegation of an unnecessary stent procedure and the legal horrors of Halloween are also included in this week’s Top 5:
1. 4 candidates sent to O’Malley for Court of Appeals vacancy — by Steve Lash
The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission on Tuesday sent Gov. Martin O’Malley the names of four candidates for the Court of Appeals vacancy created when Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. retired from Maryland’s top court Sept. 30.
O’Malley is expected to pick one of the four nominees to succeed Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., 67, who stepped down from the bench to join his daughter, Erin Murphy, at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White LLC in Baltimore.
2. Union Memorial doctor sued for stents — by Andy Marso
After news broke that Dr. Mark G. Midei may have performed hundreds of unnecessary stent procedures at St. Joseph Medical Center, a spokeswoman from Union Memorial Hospital assured the public such a thing could not happen at her hospital.
But a lawsuit filed last month alleges that, in at least one case, it did.
A. Donald C. Discepolo and Andrew J. Toland III, of Discepolo LLP, filed suit on behalf of Martha J. Phillips, who says Dr. John C. Wang inserted two stents in her left anterior descending artery unnecessarily and then falsified medical records to hide it.
3. Court of Appeals disbars three attorneys in one week — by Steve Lash
Maryland’s top court unanimously ordered the disbarment of three attorneys in separate decisions last week, including one who had listed a UPS mailbox as his law office.
The Court of Appeals said Joel D. Joseph engaged in dishonesty when he posed as a Maryland resident to secure pro hac vice admissions in the courts of California, where he actually resided. The Maryland address Joseph gave court personnel — 4938 Hampden Lane Suite 118, Bethesda, Md. — was a UPS store.
4. Court of Appeals limits defense to slip-and-fall suits — by Steve Lash
With winter approaching, Maryland’s highest court has issued back-to-back decisions that limit a key defense against lawsuits by people who slip and fall on ice.
In the first decision, the Court of Appeals said the “assumption of risk” defense applies only when the injured person actually knew ice was present, not just that the ground might be slippery.
And on Monday, the court said tenants generally do not voluntarily assume the risk of a poorly maintained sidewalk simply by entering or leaving their homes in bad weather.
5. The legal horrors of Halloween — by Andy Marso
Matthew P. Woods was sitting in his Towson law office in March 2007 when a scary story came across his desk.
There were no ghouls, vampires or undead serial killers involved, but enough questions of liability to send chills down the spine of any homeowner who fears a negligence lawsuit.