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The Defense Line: Fall 2013

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Editor’s Corner

The Editors are proud to publish this latest edition of The Defense Line, which features several interesting articles and case spotlights from our members. The lead article, submitted by Joe L. Beavers and Lee C. Douthitt of Miles & Stockbridge P.C., provides insight into the scope of insurance coverage for government investigations directed at private business entities. An article by Angela W. Russell and Peter W. Chin of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP discusses expert testimony in Maryland following the Court of Special Appeals’ holding in Montgomery Mutual Insurance Company v. Chesson, 206 Md. App. 569, 51 A.3d 18 (2012). Charles B. Peoples of Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP provides an overview of Cabrera, et al. v. Western Express, et al., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132241 (D. Md. Sept. 14, 2012), aff’d by 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 8971 (4th Cir. May 2, 2013), in which a Maryland federal court held there is no presumption of negligence in a rear end car accident case when both vehicles are moving at impact. Finally, Angela W. Russell, Maryan Alexander, and Lauren Marks of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman, & Dicker LLP write about the future of fault allocation in Maryland.

The Maryland Defense Counsel has had a number of successful events since the last edition of The Defense Line, including the always popular Crab Feast. Mark your calendars now for the Maryland Defense Counsel’s Past Presidents Reception, which will take place on October 3, 2013! The Editors encourage our readers to visit the Maryland Defense Counsel website ( for full information on the organization’s upcoming events.

The Editors sincerely hope that the members of the Maryland Defense Counsel enjoy this issue of The Defense Line. In that regard, if you have any comments or suggestions or would like to submit an article or case spotlight for a future edition of The Defense Line, please feel free to contact the members of the Editorial Staff.

Editorial Staff

Leianne S. McEvoy
Laurie Ann Garey
Leianne S. McEvoy
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
(410) 385-3823
Laurie Ann Garey
Progressive Casualty Ins. Co.
(410) 753-6494


Past Presidents Reception: October 3, 2013

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