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Coronavirus may trigger ‘force majeure’ clauses in contracts, attorneys say

Timothy Maloney argued that the family of a man shot by police should get the $11.5 million a jury awarded, not the $400,000 permitted under a cap on damages (Daily Record photo/file)

Supply chain disruptions, closures and cancellations due to the spread of the novel coronavirus have attorneys fielding calls from clients wondering what their rights and responsibilities are under contracts that are affected by the situation. Many contracts have “force majeure” ...

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RODRICK JACKSON v. MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Former firefighter appeals dismissal of breach of contract claim against the city of Baltimore, arguing it was premature and an abuse of discretion to decide Appellant did not have grounds to pursue a breach of contract claim per the Memorandum of Understanding.

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Wage law provides out-of-state protection, court says

Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk, a lead sponsor of the anti-waiver provision in 2011, and Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin (pictured) praised the high court’s statements regarding Maryland’s strong public policy of wage protection. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

A poorly drafted employment contract between a Maryland lawyer and a Virginia law firm gave Maryland’s top court the opportunity to say the state’s wage-protection law safeguards Marylanders working for out of state companies regardless of where their contract was signed.

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ERIC KEMPSON, et ux. v. ASTORIA FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION

Appellants filed a pro se Motion to Vacate Judgment on the ground of fraud pursuant to Rule 2-535(b). Their fraud allegation was based upon a claim that they never entered into a contract with the party named as plaintiff. In its response, the bank admitted that it had incorrectly stated its own name through “a scriveners error."

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WINIFRED J. BOOKER v. JAMES LAWRENCE KERNAN HOSPITAL, INC. et al.

Appellant alleged breach of contract, breach of an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligence, and other misconduct by Kernan Hospital, Inc., and others. Kernan successfully raised the defense of immunity under state and federal law.

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