Monitoring developments in civil litigation and liability insurance.
April 29, 2013Court Affirms that Emotional Distress Claims Cannot Arise from Post-Accident Conduct
Traditionally, personal injury claims have generally consisted of a plaintiff seeking damages for expenses and “pain and suffering” relating to physical injuries sustained as a result of an accident. Emotional distress is an element of a plaintiff’s pain and suffering, but is not, in and of itself, a separate and distinct claim. There seems to [...]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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February 07, 2013The Estate Tax Consequences of the Defense of Marriage Act for Same-Sex Couples
As of January 1, 2013, the Civil Marriage Protection Act legalized same-sex marriage in the State of Maryland. From the estate-planning perspective, the passage of this law clarified many points that had been problematic for same-sex couples including rights of inheritance where there is no will, spousal elective shares, and assessment of Maryland inheritance tax. […]read more »
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