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GOP Tax Bill Proposes Estate Tax Repeal…Hooray?

On November 2, the GOP released its tax reform bill, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H. R. 1), which proposes to phase out the federal estate tax, a.k.a. the “Death Tax,” over the next five years and beginning in 2018 increase the federal estate tax exemption to $10,000,000 per person. The proposed repeal of the estate tax - while flashy for headlines – does not impact the overwhelming majority of estates, which will be affected by several important factors: the extent of your wealth, and where you live.

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Maryland Condominium and Homeowner Associations Face New Rules for Amendment of Governing Documents

A new law passed by the Maryland General Assembly (House Bill 789, Chapter 480) and signed by Governor Hogan, changes the definition of Maryland homeowners in community associations who were entitled to vote on amendment of documents.

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Judge awards $0 after Plaintiffs’ counsel seeks $1.1 million in attorneys’ fees after winning bad faith case

In a scathing, 100-page opinion from the The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Court reiterated that the decision whether to assess attorneys’ fees, costs, and interest under the Pennsylvania bad faith statute is completely within the discretion of the trial court. The court noted that although it may assess attorneys' fees upon a finding of bad faith, it is not required to do so and the party seeking attorneys’ fees bears the burden of demonstrating the reasonableness of the fees, thus denying any fee award after plaintiffs' counsel petitions for $1.1 million in attorneys' fees. 

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Filing a National Flood Insurance Claim in State Court is No Better Than Filing it in the Kitchen Drawer

In Woodson v. Allstate Ins. Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently opined that a Claimant’s action was time-barred when he filed a breach of contract and bad faith action in state court within one day of the applicable statute of limitations, notwithstanding a federal statute that required all claims made under their policy to be filed in a federal district court.  The Court concluded that the federal authority governing the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) preempts state law, but it left open the question as to whether the NIFP preempts all state authorities within its scope or merely conflicting state authorities. In the wake of Woodson, insurers and underwriters would be prudent to carefully assess the interplay between federal and state statutes and regulations as the governing authority of their policies.

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Past Articles

Representations & Warranties Policies: A Coverage Primer

Representation and Warranties policies (R&W policies) insure representations made by a Seller…

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Reported Data Breaches Involving Maryland Residents on the Rise

Data breaches continue to occur on a spectrum of small to significant scale that can affect businesses…

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Maryland Takes on the SEC in Debate Over Fiduciary Standard of Care

The Maryland legislature may soon be considering legislation that would require Maryland-licensed…

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Baltimore City Increases Recordation & Transfer Taxes for Some Real Estate Transactions

In a bid to provide a reliable source of funding for an affordable housing trust, Baltimore City Council…

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Preparing, Adapting and Responding to Cyber Incidents: Marriott International Case Study

Cybersecurity is an issue that every company, of every size, must address as part of standard risk…

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