Emerging technologies to transform construction industry

Though concrete is the foundation of today’s construction industry, it’s a flawed material that cracks, stains and crumbles over time and exposure to the elements and pollution. A software designer and researcher says emerging technologies “will soon radically change how the construction industry builds and what it builds with.” The four forces that will transform … Read moreEmerging technologies to transform construction industry

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 … Read moreChallenging personal jurisdiction in Maryland asbestos litigation following recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions

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. Here are four types of construction defects and simple steps you can … Read moreSidestep Construction Defects With These Simple Tips

Protecting Your Business Against Toxic Mold Claims

Toxic mold has become a hot topic and businesses should take notice. Injury claims have shrunk to a nuclear level; compensation for these injuries has exploded. Indoor air quality has become a big business for personal injury firms and businesses are wise to take notice. The cost of these claims can be crippling. It is … Read moreProtecting Your Business Against Toxic Mold Claims

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 … Read moreMaryland Court of Special Appeals expands duty of service contractors to inspect and to warn of potential hazards

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 … Read moreA fun bit of construction defect history

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS SETS PARAMETERS FOR APPLICATION OF THE MARYLAND CONSTRUCTION TRUST STATUTE

HOLDS TRUST STATUTE IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO MARYLAND LITTLE MILLER ACT CASES OR MARYLAND MECHANICS’ LIEN CASES On July 30, 2018 in the C&B Construction, Inc. v. Dashiell case, the Court of Appeals of Maryland discussed the applicability of the Maryland Construction Trust Statute (§§ 9-201, 9-202, and 9-204 of the Real Property Article), which creates a … Read moreMARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS SETS PARAMETERS FOR APPLICATION OF THE MARYLAND CONSTRUCTION TRUST STATUTE

Toxic tort defense: Avoid these three hurdles

Toxic tort cases are complex legal beasts. Business owners that find their business accused of a toxic tort crime must prepare for a difficult case. Part of the difficulties that are inherent to these cases is the many hurdles that defendants can find themselves facing before they reach the courtroom. Three examples include: Venue selection. Venue … Read moreToxic tort defense: Avoid these three hurdles

Court of Appeals of Maryland Holds that the Statute of Repose is Not Available as a Defense to Those in Possession or Control of Real Property

In the SVF Riva Annapolis, LLC, v. Gilroy case, the Court of Appeals of Maryland considered the application of the statute of repose defense under § 5-108 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article of the Code of Maryland to the owner of a property where an accident took place. The Court of Appeals held that CJP … Read moreCourt of Appeals of Maryland Holds that the Statute of Repose is Not Available as a Defense to Those in Possession or Control of Real Property