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August 2018 Archives

Challenging personal jurisdiction in Maryland asbestos litigation following recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions

Recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions limiting personal jurisdiction have been met with enthusiasm by defendants in asbestos litigation where forum shopping by plaintiffs' counsel is common and defendants are sued in massive amounts of cases in multiple jurisdictions. Baltimore City, for example, ranked second in 2017 in total annual asbestos claim filings in the United States, only behind Madison County, Illinois. Asbestos Litigation: 2017 Year in Review, KCIC Industry Report (2018). Indeed, the issue of a so-called backlog of an estimated 30,000 asbestos cases and how to address them has been an issue plaguing Maryland courts and legislators. See, O'Brien, John, "Baltimore Backlog: Angelos Firm Not Pursuing Trials for Asbestos Clients, Lawmakers Told," Forbes (October 17, 2017).

Sidestep Construction Defects With These Simple Tips

Facing a lawsuit over construction defects can cost you and your company valuable time and money. Whether you are a general contractor or inspector, you want to take extra precautions to ensure that buildings and fixtures are safe for use to avoid litigation.

Maryland Court of Special Appeals expands duty of service contractors to inspect and to warn of potential hazards

In Landaverde v. Navarro, Nos. 1719, 2089, 2018 Md. App. LEXIS 721, at *31 (App. July 26, 2018), the Maryland Court of Special Appeals unanimously found in favor of plaintiffs in their appeal of orders of summary judgment granted to service technicians, finding that the contractors owed a duty to inspect and to warn of dangers associated with damage to HVAC flue pipes.

A fun bit of construction defect history

Regular readers of our Mid-Atlantic Civil Litigation Defense blog know that we often take a look at issues related to construction defects. Because our firm represents general contractors and subcontractors, as well as developers, property owners and others in legal disputes involving allegations of defects or economic losses caused by defects, we try to stay current on construction industry news and events. It's also important to have an understanding of history that can help put contemporary issues into perspective. One of the most notable construction defects ever involved a project that began in 1173. The eight-story building took more than 200 years to complete, and remains standing to this day - though at something of a tilt. We're referring, of course, to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

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