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Defense Line—Winter 2010

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  • Implications Of Praxair v. ATMI
  • President's Message
  • Editor’s Corner
  • Hospitals are Not the Insurer of Last Resort
  • The Infamous Mold “Expert,” Dr. Shoemaker, Finally Excluded in Maryland
  • Spotlights
  • Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County News
  • Standard for Determining an Appealable Workers’ Compensation Order
  • A Different Way of Doing Business
  • 2010 MDC Sponsors

Defense Line—Winter 2009

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  • Challenging Plaintiff’s Causation Theory
  • Editor’s Corner
  • Micro-Evaluations Anyone?
  • Spotlights
  • F&P Attorney Awarded State Trucking Honor
  • 2009 MDC Sponsors

Defense Line—Summer 2008

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  • UIM Insurers Lose Right to Contest Liability by Consenting to Underinsured Tortfeasor’s Carrier’s Settlement
  • Editor’s Corner
  • Litigating Liability Insurance Coverage
  • Attorneys Fees Incurred in Defending Insurance Policy Non-covered Claims: Who Pays?
  • Requiem for the Limitations Defense: Dove v. Montgomery County Board of Education, 943 A.2d 662 (2008)
  • Spotlights
  • 2008 MDC Sponsors

Defense Line—Fall 2007

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  • The New First Party Failure to Act in Good Faith Laws
  • President’s Message
  • Editor’s Corner
  • Court of Appeals Issues Decision Addressing Requirements for Legally Sufficient Plaintiff’s Certificate of Qualified Expert in Medical Malpractice Cases
  • Stacking of Liability Policies Permitted in Maryland
  • New Members
  • Neuroscience & Bio-Behavioral Technologies/2007 ASTAR National Judges’ Science School
  • Spotlights
  • The Daily Record's Leadership in Law 2007 Winners
  • 2007 MDC Sponsors

Defense Line—Spring 2007

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  • Undocumented Aliens: The Maryland Court of Appeals, The Commission and The Lagos Decision
  • President’s Message
  • Editor’s Corner
  • A Five-Year Restropective of Workers’ Compensation Practice in Maryland
  • New Members
  • MDC First Specialty Bar Association to Host ASTAR Symposium
  • Implied Indemnity Between Co-Defendants
  • Mutual v. Ackerman: Dwelling Policy Exclusion for Vandalism Does Not Include Arson
  • Rausch v. Allstate: Doctrine of Implied Co-Insureds Rejected
  • Maryland Appellate Courts Resist Temptation to Distinguish Commercial Policies
  • Recent Developments in “Claims-Made” Law
  • A Motion to Dismiss Without Prejudice, Filed on Behalf of a Minor, May Be Analyzed the Same as Any Other Voluntary Dismissal Motion
  • 2007 MDC Sponsors
  • Spotlights

Defense Line—Fall 2006

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  • Supervening Cause is Alive and Well
  • President’s Message
  • Editor’s Corner
  • Maryland Businesses Beware: New Department of Homeland Security Initiatives Make Employment of Illegal Aliens a “Bet the Company” Proposition
  • The Impact of USAA v. Riley on Lead Paint Litigation in Maryland
    What have Maryland’s ASTAR judges been thinking about?
  • New Members
  • Spotlights

Defense Line—Spring 2006

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  • If We’d Been Good at Science, Wouldn’t We Have M.D. Behind Our Names? MDC Participates in ASTAR
  • President’s Message
  • Editor’s Corner
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Appendix: Case Study Problems
    What have Maryland’s ASTAR judges been thinking about?
  • New Members
  • Maryland General Assembly Update
  • Spotlights

Defense Line—Fall 2005

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  • Insurer-Insured Communications and the Scope of Maryland's Attorney-Client Privilege
  • President’s Message
  • Editor’s Corner
  • Young Lawyers: Assumption of the Risk: Winning a Summary Judgment Motion
  • Telemedicine: Friend or Foe of the Medical Profession?
  • Subpoenaing Medical Records: The Rules Are About to Change
    (2005 Md. Laws Ch. 503)
  • Spotlights: Workers Compensation Immunity Extended to Supervisory Employee of Special Employer
  • New Members
  • Spotlights
  • DRI Annual Meeting Insert

Defense Line—Winter 2005

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  • High Crimes or Misdemeanors: Avoiding Legal Brawls From Bar Room Brawls
  • President’s Message
  • Maryland Defense Counsel Civil Defense Project
  • Editor’s Corner
  • HIPAA: The Basics
  • New Members
  • Court of Appeals Clarifies Board of Education’s Duty to Defend Teachers
  • Maryland Court of Appeals’ Reverses $2.5 Million Award Based on Improper References to Race During Trial
  • Recent Decisions
  • Spotlights

Defense Line—Summer 2004

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  • Bozman v. Bozman:
    Abrogation of Interspousal Immunity and the Law of Res Judicata
  • President’s Message
  • United States Supreme Court Rules That State Tort Claims Arising From Denials of Health Insurance Benefits Are Preempted By ERISA
  • Editor’s Corner
  • Revised Uniform Arbitration Act Brings Changes
  • New Members
  • Recent Decisions
  • Spotlights

Defense Line—Winter 2004

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  • Mediation/Settlement Conferences: Reducing the Pain and Suffering in Tort Litigation
  • A is for Arbitration—a Primer
  • President's Message
  • HIPAA: The Basics
  • Editor’s Corner
  • General Right to Legal Counsel Is Not A Clear Mandate of Public Policy Sufficient to Abrogate Maryland’s Employment At-Will Doctrine
  • Don’t Forget Causation—It Can Save You
  • Executive Director’s Report
  • “Not Guilty” Verdict for Employees Precludes Employer Liability Under Doctrine of Respondeat Superior
  • Employer’s Reservation of Right to Unilaterally Modify Arbitration Agreement
    Renders Agreement Unenforceable
  • New Members
  • Spotlights

Spring 2003

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  • Ex Parte Communications with Former Employees Under the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Substituted Service not a Prerequisite to Court-Ordered "Nail and Mail" Under Rule 3-121(c)
  • Court of Appeals Clarifies What Type of Employees May File Claims Under State Wage Payment and Collection Law
  • Real Estate Brokers Not Liable Under Lead Paint and Consumer Protection Acts
  • Improper Storage of Handgun Defeats Products Liability Claim Against Manufacturer for Self-inflicted Shooting Death of Boy
  • Credit Limited to Benefits Paid or Payable by the Employer or Insurer
  • Corporate Officers and Directors not Vicariously Liable Under Lead Paint Act
  • Claimants Entitled to Reimbursement for Transportation To and From Health Care Provider
  • Prior License and Regional Advertisement Held Insufficient for Personal Jurisdiction
  • Discovery Abuse Can Lead to Dismissal of Claims Against a Discovering But Non-Moving Party
  • New Members

 

Spring 2001

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  • Defending Toxic Tort Cases in Maryland—A Primer
  • Court of Special Appeals Rejects "Wrongful Life" Claim
  • Franchisee's Alleged Defamatory Statements Protected by Qualified Privilege
  • Independent Insurance Agent/Broker Owes Fiduciary Duty to Insurance Company
  • Court Can Resolve Dispute over Property Interests of Religious Organization
  • Statute Requiring Parent to Support Destitute Adult Child Created No Cause of Action Against Tortfeasor
  • Parent-Child Immunity Held Inapplicable Where Claim is Insured and Defendant is Deceased
  • Accountant Liable to Third Party for Negligence Where Privity Equivalent Exists
  • Damages Limited Where Medical Records Introduced Under § 10–14
  • Expert Offered to Testify Regarding Defective Air Bag Must Have Specialized Knowledge

 

Fall 2000

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  • Why Mediate?
  • Workers Must Show Harm Related to Occupation
  • Clergy-Patient Relationship Not "Officially Sanctioned" for Purpose of Emotional Distress Claim
  • Rule Enumerating Affirmative Defenses is Exclusive 
  • Failure to Specify Ground for Objection Results in Waiver
  • Motion in Limine Insufficient to Preserve Objection
  • Court Considers Meaning of "Wholly Dependent" in Connection with Continuing Receipt of Death Benefits
  • Corporate Officer Held Personally Liable for Corporation's Unpaid Sales Taxes
  • No Jury Right for Proceeding in Equity

 

Winter 1999

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  • 2000 Litigation
  • Pre-Impact Fright Damages Held Recoverable
  • No Loss of Enjoyment of Life with Pre-Impact Fright
  • Affirmative Defenses Must be Pled to be Raised at Trial
  • Plain Error Doctrine Rejected in Civil Cases
  • Indemnification Barred by Any Active Negligence
  • Negligent Entrustment—Father Not Liable for Actions of Adult Daughter
  • SS5-107 Statute of Limitations Held Inapplicable in Administrative Proceedings
  • Ex Parte Contacts with Opposing Party's Former Employees
  • Worker's Comp. Awards Must be Based on Wage at Time of Injury
  • Enforcement of Settlement Agreements Require Full Evidentiary Hearing

 

Summer 1999

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  • Plaintiff's Fault in Product Cases: Why are They Getting Away With It?
  • U.S. District Court Adopts Risk/Utility Test in Maryland Design Defect Cases
  • FRE 612: Discovery of Documents Used to Prepare Deponents
  • Showing of "Actual Malice" Required to Overcome Claim of Governmental Immunity
  • A Dismissed Alternate Juror Can be Substituted for a Regular Juror Before the Jury Begins Deliberating
  • "Reasonable Consumer" Standard Adopted for Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Tort Claims Act Limits Damages But Not Post-Judgement Interest
  • Workers' Comp—Offsets
  • Gun Retailer Lacks Civil Obligation to Person Killed by Stolen Handgun
  • Legislative Roundup—Summer 1999

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