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.
Baltimore not liable for cave-in death, Md. high court says
The family of a 20-year-old man who was buried alive while working at a Baltimore excavation site cannot pursue its lawsuit against the city for its alleged negligence in hiring a contractor who failed to protect its worker against the cave-in, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled Monday. The Court of Appeals said the common law […]
Montgomery County jury awards $1.8M to Uber driver injured in collision
A Montgomery County jury has awarded more than $1 million for the emotional trauma an Uber driver continues to endure after being severely injured in a car crash four years ago when another motorist ran a red light in Fairland. The jury’s award last month of $1.2 million for Raymond Quick’s pain and suffering is […]
Mulch, cigarette butts don’t mix, Md. high court says
A commercial landowner knew or should have known that one of the many cigarette butts being tossed into mulch on its property could cause a fire that would harm neighbors, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled this week in saying a Capitol Heights facility was properly held liable for more than $1.3 million in damage after […]
Cigarette butts, mulch don’t mix, Maryland court says
A commercial landowner knew or should have known that one of the many cigarette butts being tossed in mulch on its property could cause a fire that would harm neighbors, a divided Maryland appeals court ruled Thursday in saying a Capitol Heights facility was properly held liable for more than $1.3 million in damage after […]
CAMHONG AN ET AL. v. TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICALS AMERICA INC. ET AL.
Where the jury found all of the elements of negligent failure to warn, which include all of the elements of strict liability failure to warn, yet the jury found defendants not liable for the strict liability claim, was the verdict irreconcilably inconsistent?
MANAL KIRIAKOS v. BRANDON PHILLIPS
Appellant was badly injured after being struck by a car driven by an intoxicated eighteen-year-old. Appellee allegedly provided alcohol to the underaged driver. The circuit court granted summary judgment for appellee on the grounds that Maryland does not hold social hosts liable for the injuries caused by their intoxicated guests
PATRICIA MAREK v. OLGA CARBALLO, ET AL.
1. Whether the circuit court erred in admitting testimony that appellant underwent a neuropsychological evaluation for the purpose of obtaining disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. 2. Whether the circuit court erred in declining to give a jury instruction on susceptibility.
Frivolous lawsuits and judicially guided missiles
How our thinking about frivolity in the law could be stamping out growth and innovation.
John A. Buchanan v. Charles County Commissioners et al.
"I. The circuit court erred in finding that appellee Robinson enjoys absolute immunity for any statements made in a meeting. "II. The circuit court erred in finding that appellee Commissioners cannot be liable."
David Rogers v. Prince George’s County, Maryland, et al.
1. Whether Rogers failed to substantially comply with the LGTCA notice requirement. 2. Whether the circuit court erred when it ruled that good cause did not exist to waive the LGTCA notice requirement.
Shundra Banks, et al. v. Terex Corporation, et al.
Michael Banks worked at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland; he operated a forklift that moved pallets of beer kegs in the brewery’s cooler. On March 23, 2009, a co-worker found him in the cooler lying unconscious next to the forklift, and he died a day later.