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Posted on Fri, 2013-09-06 19:49 by Celeste Cunningham in Personal Injury



If you own and drive a motor vehicle on the roads in the State of Maryland, you probably know that the law requires you to carry insurance on the vehicle.  But do you know how much and what kinds of coverage you are required to carry? The State of Maryland requires vehicle owners to carry the following coverage[1]:

Posted on Fri, 2013-09-06 19:49 by Elizabeth J. McInturff in Family Law, Labor Employment


2013 ushered in many changes in the New Year, among them the legalizing of same-sex marriages in Maryland. Now, legally married same-sex couples in Maryland will receive the same benefits (and headaches) as their friends in heterosexual marriages, under the new Rev. Rule 2013-17.

Posted on Fri, 2013-08-30 19:27 by JGL Associate Attorney in Labor Employment


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The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Vance v. Ball State University changed the landscape for employees claiming discrimination under Title VII, including sexual harassment.[1]  In Vance, the Court limited the definition of a “supervisor” to being a person who can “take tangible employment actions” against the employee, meaning a “significant change in employment status, such as hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, or a decision causing a significant change in benefits.”[2]

Posted on Fri, 2013-08-30 15:57 by Burt M. Kahn in Medical Malpractice

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In the recent case of Little v. Schneider (August 22, 2013), the Maryland Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated a $2.874 million verdict issued for a plaintiff by a Harford County, MD jury. The jury found that Dr. Schneider (acting as a specialist in vascular surgery) negligently used the wrong size graft in attempting to perform an arterial bypass. This allegedly caused massive bleeding, leaving Ms. Little permanently paralyzed.

Posted on Fri, 2013-08-30 15:57 by Celeste Cunningham in Personal Injury


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You’ve made it to your car, coffee in hand, still rubbing the sleep out of your eyes to begin your commute to your office when suddenly up ahead you see something.   What is that?  Its huge, its yellow, it has flashing red lights and a huge stop sign attached to its side – oh yes, it is a SCHOOL BUS!

Posted on Fri, 2013-08-23 16:52 by Celeste Cunningham in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury


The Pre-Litigation Discovery of Insurance Coverage Amendment Act of 2012 is now in effect in the District of Columbia and offers a new and powerful tool to Plaintiffs and their personal injury attorneys in settling claims for maximum value.

Posted on Fri, 2013-08-23 13:40 by JGL Associate Attorney in Labor Employment





The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (the “FMLA”) provides much-needed flexibility for employees who need time off of work in order to care for personal or familial needs.[1] Title I[2] of the FMLA allows eligible employees[3] working for a covered employer[4] up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a “spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent, of the employee, if such spouse, son, daughter, or parent has a serious health condition,” among other reasons.[5]

Posted on Fri, 2013-08-23 13:10 by Harvey S. Jacobs in Real Estate

On June 26, 2013, the United State Supreme Court issued its 5-4 opinion in the case of United States v. Windsor. This opinion found that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.  Section 3 defined the word “marriage” to mean “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and defined the word “spouse” as only person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.  1 U.S.C. §7.

Posted on Wed, 2013-08-21 16:02 by Brian J. Markovitz in False Claims Act, Labor Employment

The False Claims Act (FCA), originally conceived by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, has been an effective tool for the Government to recover funds fraudulently taken from all types of government programs from national security to Medicare for over a century and a half.  But like all statutes, the FCA has its limitations, including time.  Until recently, it was believed that with little exception fraudulently taken taxpayer funds could be recovered only for a period of six years prior to the filing of a complaint.  31 U.S.C. § 3731(b).

Posted on Fri, 2013-08-16 17:31 by Jeremy Schneider in Discrimination, Labor Employment



Many employers and certainly many employees may be shocked to learn that “Paruresis,” commonly known as “shy bladder syndrome” or the inability to urinate with others present, qualifies as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADAAA”).  Although the subject is somewhat comical at first blush, it is crucial that employers and employees know that the protections afforded employees are broader than ever.  This was not always so; especially for shy bladder syndrome.



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