Navigating Risk: Advising Clients on Construction Defect Coverage and CGL Policies

February 2023

Matthew McDaniel suggests that a strong risk management plan is as important as blueprints and permits when preparing for large construction projects. He advises businesses to take time before breaking ground to understand the scope and extent of the coverages and exclusions available in their insurance policies to identify potential gaps in coverage. In an article for the Legal Intelligencer titled “Navigating Risk: Advising Clients…

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New Worker’s Compensation Legislation Affects How D.C. Handles Benefits Paid and Received by a Claimant in Another Jurisdiction

January 2023

A new emergency piece of legislation will affect how Washington, D.C., handles a credit for benefits paid and received by a workers’ compensation claimant in another jurisdiction. The new law essentially permits claimants who file in D.C. to still pursue benefits under the Act even if they have received an order/benefits from a sister jurisdiction. The law in D.C. has been interpreted for over 20 years…

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Maryland’s Highest Court to Undergo Name Change Dec. 14

November 2022

On November 8, 2022, Maryland voters overwhelmingly voted to support changing the names of Maryland’s Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals. The Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, will be renamed the Supreme Court of Maryland. Additionally, those serving in the highest court will have a title change from judge to justice. The Court of Special Appeals will be changed to the Appellate…

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Insurance Perils For Health Providers Using 3D-Printing Tech

November 2022 | By Paul N. Farquharson

Originally published by Law 360  A recent report has highlighted the burgeoning demand for medical polymers used in the 3D printing of medical devices. The report, issued by UnivDatos Market Insights, disclosed that the medical polymer market had a value of nearly $16 billion in 2020. The market is expected to grow at an annual compounded rate of at least 8% through 2027. Consequently, we can…

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Marijuana Is Legal in Your State, Do the Employer and Insurer Have to Pay for It?

October 2022 | By Barry D. Bernstein

Originally published in The Legal Intelligencer  Many injured employees believe that because marijuana is legal in their state, it means that the employer and insurer will have to pay for it. This is not correct.  The Controlled Substance Act is a federal law that prohibits the use of marijuana as a scheduled I controlled substance. Therefore, the question that needs to be decided is whether the federal…

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Maryland Federal Court Agrees European Public Limited-Liability Company Should be Treated Like a U.S. Corporation for Purposes of Diversity Jurisdiction

October 2022 | By Richard J. Medoff and Robert L. Hebb

In SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc. v. Tokio Marine Kiln Insurance Limited, Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, Civ. Nos. GJH-19-873 and GJH-19-1510, 2021 WL 2550505 (D. Md. June 21, 2021), United States District Judge George J. Hazel, writing for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, addressed the citizenship of a European Public Limited-Liability Company (Societas Europaea, abbreviated “SE”) – a relatively-new type of entity established under…

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