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Susan Baker

Another delay in the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate - A Reprieve For Many Employers

The Obama administration announced last week that some mid-sized businesses would have an additional year to comply with the employer mandate or “pay or play” provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The employer mandate requires…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, IRS, Pay or Play, Shared Responsibility Rule

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V. Timothy Bambrick

Homeowner’s Insurance Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause – Prohibited

On June 1, 2013 House Bill 695 will take effect in Maryland. The bill, although the title seems harsh, does not eliminate or prohibit the inclusion of the Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause in the homeowner’s insurance policies…more

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses, Homeowner's Insurance, New Legislation

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Brett Buckwalter

Legislature acts on dog bite liability – Landlords happy. Dog owners? Not so much.

After several failed attempts in prior legislative sessions to take action against the Court of Appeals holding in the 2012 “pit bull” case of Tracey v. Solesky the legislature finally succeeded in passing a new dog bite…more

Dog Attacks, Dogs, Landlords, Strict Liability

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Jason Fetterman

MIA Bulletin 12-15: Proposed New Regulations Involving Property Claims After Hurricanes

On August 9, 2012, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued Bulletin 12-15, wherein it presented proposed regulations impacting insurers who apply percentage deductibles to hurricane or storm claims. The regulations are…more

Homeowner's Insurance, Hurricane Sandy, Insurers, Natural Disasters, Underwriting

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Paul Finamore

Recent Pro-Employer Opinions by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court issued two employment law opinions at the end of June that are generally viewed as beneficial to employers…more

Discrimination, EEOC, Harassment, Retaliation, SCOTUS

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Matthew Kimball

Passing the Buck: The Impact of Maryland's New Stormwater Fees on Commercial Leases

During its 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 987, a bill which required that the ten separate EPA-licensed storm sewer system (“MS4”) jurisdictions in Maryland (Baltimore City and nine counties-…more

Commercial Leases, Environmental Policies, EPA, Industrial Stormwater Rule, Remediation

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Heather Nelson

FIO Report Sets the Stage for an Active Year in Insurance Regulation

It has been the perfect sort of winter for curling up with a good read, and this winter brought us some of the most highly-anticipated reading material of the past few years: the December 12, 2013 report prepared by the Federal…more

Federal Insurance Office, Insurance Reform

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Robert O'Brien

Port of Baltimore Receives Investments for Expansion to Compete Globally

Over the past three to four years the Port of Baltimore has made significant investments in upgrading its cargo handling infrastructure to accommodate what officials hope will be a corresponding increase in cargo volume brought…more

Economic Development, Ports

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George Reede, Jr.

Homeowner’s Insurance Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause – Prohibited

On June 1, 2013 House Bill 695 will take effect in Maryland. The bill, although the title seems harsh, does not eliminate or prohibit the inclusion of the Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause in the homeowner’s insurance policies…more

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses, Homeowner's Insurance, New Legislation

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Craig Roswell

Mediation 101: Be a Prepared Participant So You Win Your Mediation

That’s right – the title suggests you can win in mediation even though many say that you will walk away from a settlement either angry or disappointed. With proper preparation you, the client, can leave mediation feeling like a…more

Mediation, Settlement

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Mark Stiller

Homeowner’s Insurance Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause – Prohibited

On June 1, 2013 House Bill 695 will take effect in Maryland. The bill, although the title seems harsh, does not eliminate or prohibit the inclusion of the Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause in the homeowner’s insurance policies…more

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses, Homeowner's Insurance, New Legislation

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Geneau Thames

Emerging Trends in Lawsuits Against Real Estate Professionals

The current real estate market has caused an increase in activity for real estate professionals. With this increase in activity, there has also been an increase in litigation against real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, home…more

Appraisal, Duty of Care, FDIC, Property Damage, Real Estate Market

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John Wetzel

2013 Maryland IDOT Legislation Expands Exemption Amount Applied For Recordation Tax

As a result of recent Maryland legislation, commercial property owners currently considering the financing or refinancing of their real estate may achieve significant recordation tax savings when using so-called “indemnity deeds…more

IDOT, New Legislation, Recordation Taxes, Tax Exemptions

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Christopher Wolf

Homeowner’s Insurance Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause – Prohibited

On June 1, 2013 House Bill 695 will take effect in Maryland. The bill, although the title seems harsh, does not eliminate or prohibit the inclusion of the Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause in the homeowner’s insurance policies…more

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses, Homeowner's Insurance, New Legislation

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Jeffrey Wothers

Homeowner’s Insurance Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause – Prohibited

On June 1, 2013 House Bill 695 will take effect in Maryland. The bill, although the title seems harsh, does not eliminate or prohibit the inclusion of the Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause in the homeowner’s insurance policies…more

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses, Homeowner's Insurance, New Legislation

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