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Maryland Tort Claims Act

Mar 1, 2023

State reaches $7M settlement with Baltimore Detention Center beating victim

Maryland will pay $7 million to settle the pending state Supreme Court appeal of a man who was savagely beaten while in state custody.

Nov 27, 2022

Md. high court will weigh constitutionality of cap in state tort claims

Maryland’s top court will consider whether the limit on damages in personal injury lawsuits against the state passes constitutional muster when the injured plaintiff’s costs far exceed the statutory cap.

Jul 11, 2018

Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit against state for assault by prison guards

A lawsuit alleging supervisory negligence in a 2013 assault by guards in a Baltimore prison can proceed against the state after a judge denied Wednesday a motion to dismiss.

Apr 12, 2018

Md. top court: Tort claims act covers gross negligence

A Maryland law limiting the state’s liability for injuries caused by its employees applies even when the workers were grossly negligent, the state’s top court unanimously ruled Thursday.

Dec 5, 2017

Md. court weighs state’s liability when defending employees, immunizing itself

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland must be held liable for the full damages awarded when it defends a sued state employee who is later found liable for gross negligence on the job, a plaintiffs’ lawyer told Maryland’s top court Tuesday in seeking to recover an $18.5 million judgment in the slaying of a prison inmate feet away […]

Jun 3, 2015

High court weighs guard’s liability in prison bus killing

Prison guards cannot be held personally liable for deaths occurring on their watch unless they intended harm, an attorney for Maryland said Wednesday in urging the state’s top court to find a correctional officer immune from liability in one prisoner’s strangulation of another on a prison bus headed to Baltimore.

Apr 14, 2015

General Assembly raises tort claims damages caps

The General Assembly passed legislation in the final hour of its 2015 session to raise to $400,000 the liability cap for state, county and local governments for negligent acts that injure people. The legislature also increased to $800,000 the cap on a county or local government’s liability on any single claim, regardless of the number of plaintiffs.In addition, individuals injured through the ne[...]

Apr 10, 2015

Zirkin says he has no interest in splitting difference in damages cap

The chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee said Friday he has no intention of settling for the mathematical middle ground between Senate- and House-passed legislation to raise the liability cap for state, county and local governments for negligent acts that injure people. The Senate's higher limit of $500,000 per harmed individual provides more appropriate compensation than the House'[...]

Apr 9, 2015

Senate advances bill to raise damages cap

The Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to legislation that would more than double the liability cap for state, county and local governments for their negligent acts that injure people.

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