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ALBERT BLUMBERG, ET AL. v. MARYLAND BOARD OF PHYSICIANS, ET AL.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW -- WRIT OF ADMINISTRATIVE MANDAMUS -- LACK OF A SUBSTANTIAL RIGHT Following the receipt of a complaint regarding the referral practices of Sanford J. Siegel, M.D. (“Dr. Siegel”), the Maryland Board of Physicians (“the Board”) entered into a Consent Order with Dr. Siegel, resolving the matter. Appellants, several licensed healthcare providers, brought suit against the Board in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, seeking both an administrative mandamus and a declaratory judgment regarding the Board’s interpretation of the Maryland Patient Referral Act. The Board filed motions to dismiss the action and Dr. Siegel, not a party before the circuit court, filed a motion to intervene. The circuit court granted the Board’s motions and thereafter, denied Dr. Siegel’s motion as moot. Appellants appealed, presenting the following questions for our review, which we have rephrased: I. Whether the circuit court erred in dismissing appellants’ petition for writ of administrative mandamus. II. Whether the circuit court erred in dismissing the petition for declaratory ruling.

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