contributory negligence

Why Trial Lawyers May Not Be So Powerful In Maryland

Jul 15, 2013

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Ann Marimow of the Washington Post talk about Maryland's unusual practice of denying damages in civil lawsuits if the plaintiff is partially at fault for his or her injuries, and why the Court of Appeals recently placed the issue back in the General Assembly's hands.

Baltimore saw six more shootings yesterday, at least one of them fatal; since the beginning of the summer, nearly 50 people have been shot in the city. Maryland’s highest court has upheld the state's contributory negligence law; that means that plaintiffs who are found in any way responsible for an accident will continue to be prevented from collecting damages in lawsuits. Plus: school leadership news – Baltimore schools pick a company to search for new CEO, Anne Arundel schools set deadline for selection of interim superintendent, PG schools approve contract for their new CEO. Also: the Harbor Point development, stormwater fees, holiday tourism in Ocean City, and the Frederick area named the most secure metropolitan area in the nation.