DeCaro Doran

Our firm is a regional leader, offering legal services to individuals and businesses alike. With three offices, we are minutes from the Nation's Capital, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Northern Virginia. We are dedicated to delivering cost-effective and exceptional legal counsel with individualized attention to every client.


In Heffington v. Moser Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals addressed a novel issue – under what circumstances is a trial court required to grant a stay to a civil litigant due to an assertion of the right against self-incrimination.  Generally, jurors in a civil action are permitted to take note of a litigant’s refusal to testify when that litigant asserts his Fifth Amendment right not to testify. 
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Insurance Litigation Defense Seminar originally scheduled for October 30, 2018 has been postponed until Spring 2019.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in the case of Encompass Ins. Co. v. Stone Mansion Rest., Inc., No. 17-1479, 2018 LEXIS 23576 (3rd Cir., Aug. 22, 2018), recently held that a defendant may remove a case from its home state court to federal court if they do so before the defendant has been properly served.
Now that Maryland, and several other states and jurisdictions have decriminalized cannabis for medical use, there is a new and unique employment issue to consider.  What could/should an employer do when an employee tests positive for cannabis?
The Court of Special Appeals, in a case argued by DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher & DeBlasis, LLP Managing Partner Thomas L. Doran, upheld the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County’s ruling that an insured’s refusal to sit for an examination under oath (“EUO”) constituted a material breach under the policy, and thus that Mr. Dolan was not entitled to underinsured motorist (“UIM”) benefits under the policy.
The Maryland Uniform Arbitration Act (MUAA) sets forth several grounds upon which a Circuit Court is empowered to vacate an arbitrator’s award.  Cts. & Jud. Proc. Art., § 3-224(b). These do not include the authority of a court to vacate an arbitrator’s award because the award manifestly disregards applicable law.


DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher and DeBlasis LLP
Maryland Office
17251 Melford Boulevard
Suite 200
Bowie, MD 20715
Virginia Office
3930 Walnut Street
Suite 250
Fairfax, VA 22030
Washington, D.C. Office
1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 950
Washington, D.C. 20036
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