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Dec 22, 2008

This week in Maryland Lawyer

Maryland’s cap on non-economic damages has put a damper on personal injury awards for more than two decades now. Soon, the Court of Appeals will decide if the cap passes constitutional muster and whether it applies to lead-paint lawsuits brought under the state’s Consumer Protection Act. Mary Joel Davis, founder and executive director of Alternative Directions […]

Dec 1, 2008

This week in Maryland Lawyer

As the number of lawsuits for hospital-acquired infections rise, attorneys are working with their clients to curb the risk of infection — and litigation.  Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Dana Mark Levitz is stepping down as a full-time judge after 23 years on the bench. Legal Affairs Writer Danny Jacobs writes about the judge’s path […]

Nov 10, 2008

This week in Maryland Lawyer

Marland’s federal courthouses need renovation, if not replacement, judges and other court users say; however, relief is a long way off. The Garmatz building in Baltimore is dilapidated, outdated, not secure enough and too small, while the Greenbelt Courthouse was “essentially out of space the day it opened,” Chief Judge Benson E. Legg says. What […]

Nov 7, 2008

Obama and the 4th

With the election of Barack Obama as our next president, plenty of legal buffs are already starting to think ahead about potential changes to the Supreme Court. But how about our very own 4th Circuit Court and its empty slots? Legal affairs writer Steve Lash will address that question in next week’s Maryland Lawyer. Check […]

Oct 20, 2008

This week in Maryland Lawyer

In international adoptions, caveat emptor is still the rule. Now, though, a group of parents is trying a new approach. As Ben Mook writes, they’re using the civil RICO statute to sue their former “adoption facilitator” for damages. Deregulation. Greed. Financial meltdown … The latest news from Wall Street? No; Maryland’s S&L scandal of 1985. […]

Oct 14, 2008

This week in Maryland Lawyer

Mandatory retirement doesn’t mean Maryland judges pack up their robes for good. Retired judges also serve as substitute judges when needed, bringing experience to the bench while making room for new jurists. Evidence expert Lynn McLain is exploring whether the Danger Assessment tool — which evaluates the risk that a domestic-violence perpetrator will kill his […]

Sep 8, 2008

This week in Maryland Lawyer

Market and public-interest pressures are taking their toll on the bail bond industry, Brendan Kearney reports. Read how some bondsmen are fighting back. A tour bus company that wants to put a service building on its commercially zoned property ran into trouble with its residential neighbors. Maybe that’s because it proposed to put the facility […]

Aug 18, 2008

This week in Maryland Lawyer

Good lawyers don’t try their cases in the court of public opinion — or do they? For Paul Kemp, who represented anthrax researcher Bruce Ivins before Ivins’ fatal drug overdose, a trial in the press was the only trial his client was going to get. Danny Jacobs talks to Kemp and other attorneys about handling […]

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