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West Virginia FY 2021 Workers’ Compensation Rates

June, 2020 | By James S. Maloney

The West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner has recently issued the new State average weekly wage for fiscal year 2021

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D.C. Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 Stress-Related Claims

June, 2020 | By Jose L. Estrada

As essential workers continue to work, and others are making plans to return, employers in the District of Columbia face the potential for stress-related workers’ compensation claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As these are unprecedented times, there remain questions regarding the compensability of such claims. View Article The above publication is saved in PDF format.…

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2020 Workers’ Compensation Rates

March, 2020 | By Julie D. Murray

Maryland and District of Columbia new workers’ compensation rates for 2020.

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2019 Workers’ Compensation Rates

February, 2019 | By Julie D. Murray

Maryland and District of Columbia new workers’ compensation rates for 2019.

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Proposed Amendments To COGSA Would Abolish $500 Package Limitation

October, 2000

The proposed amendments to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (“COGSA”), which were drafted with the assistance of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, will also be before Congress in 2000.

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Passenger Ship Convention Sidetracked/Bunker Pollution Convention Prioritized

August, 2000

In the last issue of The Quartermaster we mentioned that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee was scheduled to meet in October of this year and would attempt to implement a Draft Protocol amending the 1974 Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea. Leading up to that meeting the Draft Protocol was nearly complete and it appeared that it would be the first priority of the Legal Committee. However, early in the course of the meeting it became apparent that consensus could not be reached on a number of important items, and, as a result, the Draft Protocol was taken off the Legal Committee’s number one priority status.

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New Funding To Be Made Available For U.S. Flag Vessel Construction

July, 2000

Early in November, 1999, Representatives McCrery (R-La.) and Jefferson (D-La) in the House joined Sen. John Breaux (D-La) to sponsor new legislation that would change U.S. tax laws to liberalize the use of the Capital Construction Fund by U.S. flag operators not only to fund new ship construction in U.S. shipyards, but also to lease…

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New Funding Source Proposed For Dredging

June, 2000

Ever since the Supreme Court held that the Harbor Maintenance Tax on exports to be unconstitutional in United States v. United States Shoe Corporation, ___ U.S. ___, 118 S.Ct. 1290, 140 L.Ed2d 453 (1998), Congress has grappled with finding an alternative means to fund maintenance dredging of the nation’s harbors. In the last Congress, a…

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Off-label Drug and Device Promotion in the Wake of Amarin

February, 2017

Recent cases involving promotion to doctors have challenged off-label promotion enforcement actions based on due process and First Amendment grounds, as well as physicians’ need for scientific information. By Marisa A. Trasatti and Marie Claire Langlois

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The Internet of Things and its Impact of Data Retention, E-Discovery, Products Liability, and Cybersecurity

January, 2017

The exponential rise of the IoT implicates several important areas of law. Pertinent to this analysis are the areas of Data Retention, E-Discovery, Products Liability, and Cybersecurity. By Marisa A. Trasatti and Matthew S. Sarna

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The Top Ten “Do’s” of a Law Firm Social Media Policy

April, 2014

Although social media can serve as a useful marketing tool and investigation-gathering source, it is not used exclusively for business endeavors. For these reasons, every law firm should attempt to provide reasonable guidelines for online behavior to employees who participate in online networks. By Marisa A. Trasatti and Jhanelle A. Graham This article was published in…

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Defending Products Liability Suits Involving Off-Label Use: Does the Learned Intermediary Doctrine Apply?

February, 2011

Although the learned intermediary doctrine serves as a shield for manufacturers against consumer claims arising from allegations of failure to warn of a drug’s risks, physicians commonly engage in off-label use. It is impossible for manufacturers to warn physicians of every risk of any and all uses of a drug. But, court decisions that address…

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The Medicare Secondary Payer Program and Recent Statutory Changes Effective July 1, 2009: The Days in Which Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Ignore Medicare’s Interests Have Ended

May, 2009

MSP amendment makes it impossible to disregard Medicare’s interests in the resolution of workers’ compensation claims. View pdf The above publication is saved in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this document.

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Restrictive Covenants in Maryland

February, 2009

Under Maryland law, a restrictive covenant will not be enforceable unless it constitutes a reasonable restraint. Uncertainty regarding the enforceability of restrictive covenants creates a quagmire for both employers and employees. View Article The above publication is saved in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this document.

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The Employee Free Choice Act – Redux

January, 2009 | By Donald F. Burke

New companion bills placed in the Congressional hopper, designated as H.R. 1409 and S. 560, constitute an amendment to the National Labor Relations Act, designated the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 (EFCA). View Article The above publication is saved in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this document.

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Disability-Related Inquiries And Medical Exams: Recent Developments

July, 2003

As is generally the case, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act does not prohibit inquiries into a job applicant’s or employee´s medical or compensation claim history. However, under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (ADA), an employer is strictly proscribed in conducting disability-related inquiries and medical examinations of employees…

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Understanding the Safety Net Provided by Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Associations

January, 2010 | By Alan N. Gamse

When insurers in the United States become insolvent, they are not eligible to utilize the Federal bankruptcy system. Instead, they are liquidated pursuant to state insurer insolvency laws and under the authority of the state judiciary system. Policyholders of, and claimants against, such insurers may be protected from loss by property and casualty insurance guaranty associations established under state law. This article explains how the insurance guaranty association works and how its protections are accessed.

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Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts Frequently Asked Questions

March, 2017

What is an estate plan? What exactly is a trust and why might I need one? Can an estate plan help reduce taxes? I am in a same-sex relationship. How can we protect ourselves beyond a basic estate plan? I’ve heard about revocable living trusts. Should I have one? What is probate? My assets are relatively modest. Do I still need an estate plan? What happens if I die without a Will? I am young and healthy. Do I really need a financial Power of Attorney and Advance Medical Directive?

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Selecting Your Executor And Trustee

Your ability to select the person to manage your affairs after your death is one of the advantages of making a will or a trust. If you make a will, or a revocable trust as a substitute for a will, you nominate a person to settle your estate. If you create a trust, you name a person to be the “trustee” of the trust. The trustee is duty bound to follow the instructions in the trust instrument and the law governing trusts.

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The Probate Process

Most people encounter probate for the first time after a close family member dies. Probate is simply the legal name for wrapping up the affairs of the deceased so that title to his or her wealth is validly changed over to the beneficiaries of the estate. This brief list of questions and answers is an effort to provide a perspective on the probate process.

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Here Is Your Will – Do You Want Tax Planning To Go With That?

May, 2016 | By Carl E. Eastwick

These days only a few wealthy families will pay the federal estate tax. But for residents of Maryland, the state estate tax may perplex people planning to pass on more modest wealth. Since the federal and Maryland estate tax systems will be out of phase until 2019, estate planners should contemplate crafting special Maryland-only provisions into plans until the tax laws are again in synch.

For most people, the federal estate tax is dead! If you die this year, 2016, your family and friends will not have to deal with the IRS’s “Death Tax” unless you have more than $5,450,000 to leave to them. Only a handful of the U.S. citizens dying each year have taxable estates larger.

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Important Changes to IDOT Recordation Taxes in Maryland

January, 2011

During the Special Session held on May 14-16 of this year, the General Assembly passed a budget bill that includes a considerable limitation on the widely used deferral of recordation taxes on Indemnity Deeds of Trust (IDOTs). Governor O’Malley signed the bill into law on May 22, 2012.

The new law, which will apply to all IDOTs recorded on or after July 1, 2012, imposes recordation tax on IDOTs securing loans of $1 million or more to the same extent that recordation tax would be imposed on a deed of trust or mortgage granted by the borrower. Recordation tax rates range from approximately ½ percent to just over 1 percent depending upon the jurisdiction in which the real property is located.

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Practical Construction Law For Maryland Contractors

July, 2017 | By J. Snowden Stanley, Jr.

This article offers Maryland contractors and subcontractors a practical outline of some of the legal principles applicable to their daily business activities in an effort to help them anticipate problems and to be better equipped to resolve potential disputes with a minimum of difficulty and expense. A limited outline such as this cannot provide legal…

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To Try or Not to Try: Who Decides Is the Question

May, 2014

The “Right to Try” refers to the right of terminally or seriously ill patients to acquire investigational drugs without waiting for FDA approval. It grants these patients the right to access certain drugs, specifically those drugs that have completed only phase one of the FDA three-phase drug approval process. Advocates of the Right to Try contend that the decision to try an investigational drug should be between a patient and his or her physician and, thus, exclude the government, i.e., the FDA. Opponents support the FDA’s role in the drug approval and distribution process. The Right to Try debate boils down to one question: Who should decide whether a drug is too risky to try?

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2014 Maryland Legislative Update

March, 2014

Maryland Defense Counsel’s (“MDC”) lobbyists have been busy monitoring the bills affecting its members during the 2014 General Assembly Session. John Stierhoff, Ileen Ticer, Gardner Duvall, Mike Dailey, Chris Boucher and Nikki Nesbitt are among those who have testified or are expected to testify and propose amendments to certain bills. Highlighted below are some of the bills on which MDC acted.

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Litigation and Social Media: Using Social Media to Your Advantage at Every Step of the Trial

February, 2014

This brave new world of social media poses a host of challenges, both substantive and procedural, for judges, attorneys, and litigants. Though some have refused to recognize the reality of social media,6 most jurists and attorneys are now dealing head-on with issues raised by its use. By Marisa A. Trasatti and Anna C. Horevay. View…

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Early Neutral Evaluation: An Additional Tool for Resolving Disputes

January, 2012 | By J. Snowden Stanley, Jr.

There are numerous methods available to avoid the time and expense of a trial before a judge or jury if the parties to a dispute wish to do so but are unable to resolve their differences by direct negotiation. Mediation and arbitration are two examples of such devices which can be very useful in this effort. Early neutral evaluation is another tool which has been employed with success in certain areas and can be adapted to assist the parties in focusing their efforts on real issues in a dispute and in achieving settlement if they wish to do so.

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