Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP

Licensed Insurance Companies Exempt from Maryland Income Tax

Are insurers licensed to do business in Maryland subject to state income tax on profits derived from sources other than insurance policy premiums? That was the question before the Maryland Tax Court in National Indemnity Company…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Taxation

The Onus of Owning: Recent Reduction in ‘Minor Privilege’ Fees in Baltimore City

One of the onuses (and irritants) of owning a building in Baltimore is the City’s imposition of fees for so-called “minor privileges.” What is a minor privilege? A minor privilege is a grant by the City of the right to use the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Employers Achieve Victories in Maryland General Assembly

Maryland employers achieved victories this legislative session with the defeat of several bills that would have harmed businesses of all sizes. It is encouraging that none of these bills made it to the floor of either Chamber…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Condominiums May Not Opt Out Of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Provisions

Section 11-114 of the Maryland Condominium Act provides that Condominium Associations must maintain property insurance on the entire condominium including units, excepting improvements and betterments installed by the Unit…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

Dram Shop Liability Likely Dead For Another Year in Maryland

Business owners achieved a victory in the Maryland legislature this month, as both the House Bill and Senate Bill introduced to establish dram shop liability were given unfavorable reports by legislative committees. Dram shop…more
| Elections & Politics, Personal Injury

MIA Announces Opportunity for Comment on Draft Proposed Regulation 31.01.02 on Emergency Powers

On January 23, 2015, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued Bulletin 15-04 to announce a thirty-day opportunity for comment on Draft Proposed Regulation 31.01.02 – Emergency Powers…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Utility to Small Business of New Top Level Domain Names Questioned

This spring, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the non-profit private organization charged with coordinating internet addresses, released 600 new generic top level domain (gTLD) names, including…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Baltimore City Council Adopts IgCC

Lost in the noise from the Baltimore City Council’s recent adoption of legislation requiring police body cameras and banning plastic bags, was news of the Council’s adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). …more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

MD Insurance Commissioner Holds Hearing on Draft Proposed Changes to COMAR 31.15.12 – Valuation of Motor Vehicles

On Friday November 21, 2014, the Maryland Insurance Commissioner held a hearing to gather information from the industry on the draft proposed changes to COMAR 31.15.12 – Valuation of Motor Vehicles. The draft proposed changes…more
| Personal Injury, Insurance

MIA says Price Optimization Violates Statute; Opportunity for Regulatory Challenge Arrives in 2015

On October 31, 2014, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued Bulletin 14-23 titled “Unfair Discrimination in Rating: Price Optimization,” promising to bring future regulatory action against any company that fails to abandon…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Insurance

Maryland Insurer Not Permitted to Rely on Business Pursuits Exclusion to Deny Duty to Defend Where Continuity of Business Interest and Profit Motive Were Unclear

In Springer v. Erie Insurance Exchange, the Court of Appeals set out to determine whether the allegations in a complaint for defamation triggered the Business Pursuits exclusion in a homeowner’s liability insurance policy and,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, Insurance

Court of Appeals Rejects Mandatory Treble Damages Under Wage Payment and Collection Law

Last week, in the case of Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc., the Court of Appeals had another opportunity to reflect on the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law (“WPCL”) and specifically discuss the application of the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

What Should I Know About Maryland Estate and Gift Taxes in 2014?

Since 2004, the State of Maryland has had a separate estate tax with an exemption level of $1 million per person, in contrast to the federal estate tax exemption which currently exceeds $5 million and is indexed for inflation…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Baltimore Businesses: Ban the Box or Jump in Jail!

Employers employing 10 or more full-time equivalent employees in the City of Baltimore beware: if you use criminal conviction information before making a conditional offer of employment, you risk criminal penalties under…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Subrogation Alert - Hodges v. Federal-Mogul Corporation

A recently-published decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia should be expected to have an immediate impact on the use of expert testimony in subrogation cases in that region. The case, Hodges…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation, Insurance, Products Liability
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