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Spring 2016
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The Defense Line: Spring 2016

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Editor’s Corner

The Editors are proud to publish this latest edition of The Defense Line, which features several interesting articles and case spotlights from our members. The lead article, submitted by Steven E. Leder of Leder & Hale P.C., discusses the scope, measure, and consequences of liability insurers’ duty to defend. An article by Thomas W. Hale and Michael W. Fox, also of Leder & Hale P.C., highlights recent judicial decisions affecting lead-based paint litigation in Maryland. Marisa A. Trasatti and Caroline E. Willsey of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes provide a recap of the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2014-2015 Term. Anthony J. Breschi and Michelle L. Dian, of Waranch & Brown, LLC, provide insight into how to protect a corporate client in the context of ex parte communications with former employees.

The Maryland Defense Counsel has had a number of successful events since the last edition of The Defense Line, including the Past Presidents Reception and the Maryland Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy which took place on April 18, 2016. Please make plans to join us for the always popular Annual Crab Feast which will be held on June 8, 2016! The Editors encourage our readers to visit the Maryland Defense Counsel website ( for full information on the organization’s upcoming events.

The Editors sincerely hope that the members of the Maryland Defense Counsel enjoy this issue of The Defense Line. In that regard, if you have any comments or suggestions or would like to submit an article or case spotlight for a future edition of The Defense Line, please feel free to contact the members of the Editorial Staff.

Editorial Staff

Leianne S. McEvoy
Laurie Ann Garey
Leianne S. McEvoy
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
(410) 385-3823
Laurie Ann Garey
Progressive House Counsel
(410) 753-6494


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