April 2014

Death Taxes: Will There be Anything Left for Your Heirs?

Posted: April 24, 2014 by Jennifer A. King
The Maryland Senate recently approved House Bill 739 which would recouple Maryland’s Estate Tax with that of the federal government.  If the bill is signed by Governor O’Malley, the Maryland Estate Tax exemption will gradually increase.  In 2015 it would increase to $1,500,000; $2 million in 2016; $3 million in 2017; $4 million in 2018; and in 2019 it would be coupled with the federal Estate Tax.

IPSE DIXIT: Do You Really Need to Ask a Question?

Posted: April 23, 2014 by Alan R. Siciliano
After thirty-seven years I have come to the conclusion that attorneys need not feel compelled to ask questions just because they are attorneys.  Too many times after a very thorough examination of a party I have seen a young buck ask the same questions all over again because the original questions did not comport with his deposition outline.  All that is accomplished by this less than brilliant tactic is providing an opportunity for the deponent to change or fine tune the previous answers.

Breaching the Privacy of Jury Deliberations: Jurors Conducting Online Research

Posted: April 15, 2014 by Emily F. Belanger
Does online research by a juror warrant a new trial?  Not in the case of Cooch V S&D River Island, LLC, et al.

Update: Maryland House Judiciary Committee Conducts Hearing on Non-economic Damages Bills

Posted: April 01, 2014 by Abby V. Uzupis
On March 5, 2014, the Maryland House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on House Bills 930 and 1009 to hear testimony for and against a change in non-economic damages caps.  Many different groups - ranging from insurance companies, hospitals, plaintiff and defense lawyers, and accident victims - attended the hearing to the persuade the delegates to either increase or decrease the caps for non-economic damages.


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