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Legislative Advocacy

MDC’s Response to the Special Subcommittee of the Rules Committee to Study Contributory Negligence and Comparative Fault

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Appellate Advocacy

MDC's Amicus Brief

University of Maryland Medical System Corporation v. Guiseppina Muti, et al.

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MDC’s brief argues that in a wrongful death case, a plaintiff’s failure to join as parties plaintiff all known statutory beneficiaries should cause the action to be dismissed with prejudice, in order to protect the integrity of the judicial process and prevent unfair prejudice to the defendant and the “missing” plaintiffs.


D.R.D. Pool Service, Inc. v. Thomas Freed, et al.

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In this case the Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the cap on non-economic damages. MDC joined fellow amici Medical Mutual, MedChi and the American Medical Association in arguing for the constitutionality of the state’s cap on non-economic damages in serious personal injury cases. The plaintiffs argued that the statute is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clauses of the United States Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights, as well as the right to jury trial and the doctrine of separation of powers.


Kelly Green, a minor, etc. et al. vs. N.B.S., Inc., et al.

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MDC’s amicus brief addressed and refuted the plaintiffs’ argument that Maryland’s statutory cap on noneconomic damages is a “special law” in violation of the Maryland Constitution. MDC’s brief analyzed the entire body of Maryland precedents concerning “special law” challenges, as well as cases from other states, and argued that the cap cannot be considered an unconstitutional special law. The Court of Appeals agreed, and found the cap to be consistent with the Maryland Constitution.


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C. Maryland State Resources
D. Federal Resources
E. International Resources
F. Bar Associations
G. Non-profit Organizations

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C. Maryland State Resources

Generally, first go to the Maryland Sailor site for a listing of each government branch and related links, searchable databases, web sites, and state documents.
http://www.sailor.lib.md.us/

Also see Maryland Manual On-Line: A Guide to Maryland Government:
http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/html/mmtoc.html

  1. Executive
    Maryland's Electronic Capital lists all of the state and independent agencies and provides links to agency websites.
    http://www.mec.state.md.us/
  2. Judicial
    Maryland Judiciary Home Page with links to Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals, Circuit Courts and District Courts
    http://www.courts.state.md.us/
  3. Legislative
  4. Other Maryland Sites

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D. Federal Resources

General Resources and Indexes Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/

Fedworld home page.
http://fedworld.ntis.gov/

In 1992, FedWorld was established by The National Technical Information Service( NTIS), an agency of the U.S Department of Commerce, to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government. This assists agencies and the public in electronically locating Federal Government information, both information housed within the NTIS repository and information made accessible through an electronic gateway.

  1. Executive
    Welcome to the White House (includes searchable executive orders, press briefings)
    http://www.whitehouse.gov
  2. Judicial
    Federal Judiciary Home page:
    http://www.uscourts.gov/
  3. Legislative
    Library of Congress' "Thomas" page with search engines to locate full text and summary federal bills, bill summaries, current and archived congressional records, committee reports, hearing schedules. There are also helpful links to other federal executive, judicial and legislative sources.
    https://www.congress.gov/
  4. Other Federal Sites
    PACER System for U.S. Courts
    http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/

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E. International

  • U.S. Treaties
    *(Current Session Information) (Senate Web)
    Documents identifying treaties received from the President, treaties on the Executive Calendar, treaties approved by the Senate, and listings of other recent treaty status actions, including treaties that were rejected by the Senate or withdrawn by the President, during the current Congress. This page includes links to the resources on treaties received from the President during the current congress, treaties on the executive calendar, and treaties approved, including the status of ratification.
  • Web Resources for Foreign and International Legal Research (U. Colo.)
    http://spot.colorado.edu/~thompsje/intlaw.htm#treaty sources
    This is a great place to start any search into international materials and treaties. It contains links to many "how-to" research resources, and explains how to find full text international materials on the web.
  • Tufts University Multilaterals Project
    http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multilaterals/
    Sponsored by the Tufts University (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), this web page attempts to make available the texts of international multilateral conventions and other instruments. It contains full texts of some international materials by subject matter, predominantly including environmental materials, human rights issues and some commercial and international copyright materials are included.
  • United Nations Treaty Collection (U.N.)
    http://untreaty.un.org
    Text of treaties deposited with the U.N., and current status of multilateral treaties deposited with the U.N. Requires site registration and a fee, although sample documents are freely viewable.

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F. Bar Associations

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G. Non-profit Organizations

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