Monitoring developments in civil litigation and liability insurance.
July 23, 2013Contributory Negligence Fights Off Extinction Yet Again
Being one of only five States (including the District of Columbia) that still recognizes the affirmative defense of contributory negligence as a complete bar to a tort plaintiff’s recovery in a negligence action, Maryland has seen several attempts to abolish the doctrine come and go, but like Rocky Balboa, every time someone tries to knock […]read more »
Monitoring the regulatory landscape in the surplus lines insurance market.
September 18, 2012MIA Bulletin 12-15: Proposed New Regulations Involving Property Claims After Hurricanes
On August 9, 2012, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued Bulletin 12-15, wherein it presented proposed regulations impacting insurers who apply percentage deductibles to hurricane or storm claims. The regulations are designed to “define homeowners insurance; establish when an insurer can apply a percentage deductible; detail the information that must accompany the insurer’s filing of an […]read more »
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June 27, 2013The Estate Planning Impact of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on DOMA
As discussed in a recent post, I anticipated that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the matter of United States v. Windsor would have a significant impact on estate planning matters for same-sex married couples. The Court issued its opinion on June 26, 2013, holding that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. It would be […]read more »
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