DeCaro, Doran Litigation In Brief - Winter 2016

By Anne Marie McGinley
The recent decisions by the Maryland Court of Appeals in Mummert v. Alizadeh (2013) and Spangler v. McQuitty (2015) establish clarification of the statute of limitations under Maryland’s Wrongful Death statute, Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-904.
Recent Developments - Maryland
The Statute of Limitations and the Mentally Incompetent Individual
Claims of Dissociative Amnesia do not Foil the Statute of Limitations for Claims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
The Inclusion of More Facts than Needed to State a Claim, is not Grounds for Granting a Motion to Strike
 
Recent Developments - Virginia
The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court, of the Judicial Council of Virginia, is considering changing current Virginia Rule of Evidence 2:607 relating to impeachment of a witness.
On September 28, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the federal Health and Human Services Department, issued a rule prohibiting the use of pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements for long-term care facilities that accept federal money. 
Recently, the 4th Circuit made a ruling that will likely result in some sleepless nights for owners of closely held businesses.  In overruling a decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the appellate court found that the wife of a businessman was not covered under the liability policy on a company car.
Recent Developments - District of Columbia
Settlement Agreement Barred Additional Equal Employment Opportunity Claim
 
Tenant Fails to Prove Actual Damages But Is Entitled to Nominal Damage From Leaking Closet
 
In September, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments in two cases where the law was at issue. 
Did You Know...
This bill, entitled Patient Safety Early Intervention Programs, effective as of October 1, 2016, allows hospitals, related institutions, and insurers to establish patient safety early intervention programs to respond to adverse medical events.
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About the Firm
DeCaro Doran is pleased to announce that Karen Wager, Peggy Vetter and Adam Perrelli have recently joined the firm as Associate attorneys.  
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