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Legislative Advocacy

MDC’s Response to the Special Subcommittee of the Rules Committee to Study Contributory Negligence and Comparative Fault

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Appellate Advocacy

MDC's Amicus Brief

University of Maryland Medical System Corporation v. Guiseppina Muti, et al.

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MDC’s brief argues that in a wrongful death case, a plaintiff’s failure to join as parties plaintiff all known statutory beneficiaries should cause the action to be dismissed with prejudice, in order to protect the integrity of the judicial process and prevent unfair prejudice to the defendant and the “missing” plaintiffs.

D.R.D. Pool Service, Inc. v. Thomas Freed, et al.

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In this case the Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the cap on non-economic damages. MDC joined fellow amici Medical Mutual, MedChi and the American Medical Association in arguing for the constitutionality of the state’s cap on non-economic damages in serious personal injury cases. The plaintiffs argued that the statute is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clauses of the United States Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights, as well as the right to jury trial and the doctrine of separation of powers.

Kelly Green, a minor, etc. et al. vs. N.B.S., Inc., et al.

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MDC’s amicus brief addressed and refuted the plaintiffs’ argument that Maryland’s statutory cap on noneconomic damages is a “special law” in violation of the Maryland Constitution. MDC’s brief analyzed the entire body of Maryland precedents concerning “special law” challenges, as well as cases from other states, and argued that the cap cannot be considered an unconstitutional special law. The Court of Appeals agreed, and found the cap to be consistent with the Maryland Constitution.

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A. Investigations, Locating Fact Witnesses, Asset Investigations, etc.

  1. Fact Witness Locators
  2. Property and Corporation Searches
  3. Expert Witness Locators

1. Fact Witness Locators*

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Is witness alive? Check the Social Security Death Indexes, available online from a variety of sources, including the following sites for no fee: The database includes information on the date of birth, date of death, last known address and social security numbers.

People Finder Search Engines

*Yahoo People Search. (A search engine to find people on line.)


*Lycos Search Pages

*Bigfoot Search Pages

Directories— White Page Listings

Search white pages on any of these web pages:*


2. Property and Corporation Searches

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).

The Maryland SDAT provides online access to the public information maintained in its records.
This site provides the same information available from public access terminals located in the local assessment offices, including:

The Real Property Data Search, which furnishes ownership and value information about every parcel of real property in the State of Maryland (approximately 2,000,000 accounts) from this database, as well as sales of real property that have occurred since 1996.

Business Services and Finance Data Search
Currently available in this database:
Index information for security interest (UCC) filings
Agent and personal property assessment information for corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability limited partnerships, professional corporations, and trade names.


3. Expert Witness Locators

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These sites may be useful in either locating an expert witness (particularly in obscure specialty areas), or, alternatively, in gathering material for use in cross-examining an opponent's expert witness.

Hospital Web Sites
Hospital web sites, particularly at teaching institutions, are very helpful in locating medical specialists. Johns Hopkins maintains a very comprehensive web site which lists its various departments, department heads and programs. Similar websites are available for the other well known teaching centers throughout the country.


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