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Civil Litigation 101: Maryland Rule 2-432. Motions upon failure to provide discovery.

Maryland Courts do not like it when parties to a lawsuit fail to cooperate in discovery. So, what happens when you (or your attorney) have issued Interrogatories and a Request for Production of Documents to your party opponent, and your party opponent has failed to provide you with responses as required by the Maryland Rules? […]

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So You Want to be a Landlord? Part 9 — Lead-Based Paint Hazards

So Landlord…when was your rental property constructed? The answer to this question is important because most older homes — especially in historic and urban areas — contain some degree of lead-based paint. Lead paint is one of the most significant and widespread environmental hazards for children and pregnant women in Maryland. Children are at greatest […]

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Civil Litigation 101: What are Requests for Admissions?

In this Civil Litigation 101 blog series, I’ve discussed two important discovery tools: Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents. Another — often underutilized — tool undertaken in the discovery phase of a lawsuit are Requests for Admissions. However, unlike Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents, Requests for Admissions are not designed to seek […]

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So You Want to be a Landlord? Part 8 — “Month-to-Month” Tenancies.

In an ideal world, the landlord/tenant relationship is governed by the express terms of a written lease agreement. Sometimes, however, lease agreements expire, and a tenant continues the tenancy by “holding over.” In other cases, landlords and tenants enter into oral agreements (“I, Tenant will pay you, Landlord, the sum of “X dollars” each month […]

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Civil Litigation 101: Maryland Sample Personal Injury Interrogatories

In this “Civil Litigation 101″ blog series, I’ve provided the reader with Maryland Form domestic relations interrogatories and Maryland Form motor tort interrogatories. In continuing with this series, the following Maryland Form interrogatories can be useful in personal injury cases. As always, the rules governing interrogatories differ depending on where (which court? District or Circuit?) […]

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Civil Litigation 101: What are Interrogatories?

In my previous blog entitled What is Discovery?, I explained the discovery process as the “fact finding” part of the pre-trial phase. Interrogatories are an integral part of the discovery process. What are interrogatories? Interrogatories, as defined by The Free Dictionary, are “written questions submitted to a party from his or her adversary to ascertain […]

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Civil Litigation 101 – What is Discovery?

So, you’ve filed a civil lawsuit against someone or some entity. Now what? A lot happens between the time one actually begins the litigation process and the time when one actually gets his/her day in court. In Maryland, to litigate a case from inception (filing a Complaint) to end (trial) can take a few months […]

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To litigate or not to litigate? Why settlements can be a good thing for you.

The litigation process can be expensive. And, as most lawyers know, it is also fraught with uncertainty. Attorneys regularly counsel their clients regarding the unpredictability of juries. In my practice I usually tell potential clients that going to court sometimes is no different than going to Atlantic City. Trials can be “crap shoots,” judges seemingly […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 5 — The Implied Warranty of Habitability

So Landlord, you’ve already: 1. obtained your rental license; 2. found and approved a qualified tenant; 3. entered into a well-crafted lease agreement that protects both your interests and the tenants; and, 4. properly collected (and provided your tenant with a receipt) and deposited your tenant’s security deposit into an appropriate account. Do your obligations […]

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Maryland “Goes Green” in Pioneering New Construction Code

Anyone involved in the construction industry is (or should be) familiar with the International Building Code promulgated by the International Code Council. Recognizing the need for national building code guidelines, the International Code Counsel first published the International Building Code in 1997, as a model building code. The International Building Code has been adopted throughout […]

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