November 17, 2023

When is an Expunged Criminal Case Not Expunged and Discoverable in Civil Litigation?

In an unreported decision, In re Francis A., 2023 WL 5948060, at *1 (Apls. Ct. Md. Sept. 13, 2023), Maryland’s intermediate appellate court addressed an issue of first impression, holding that good cause had been shown to discover expunged records in a civil lawsuit: The narrow issue before us in this expedited […]
July 12, 2023

Revocation of Consent to Search Mirror Image of Laptop

In State v. McDonnell, __ Md. __,  2023 WL 4393297, at *1 (July 7, 2023), the Supreme Court of Maryland held that a person who had consented to seizure of his laptop, as well as to creation of a mirror image, could withdraw consent to search it before the government examined the […]
March 13, 2023

Should an ESI Protocol Be Incorporated Into a Court Order?

There is a lot of debate over whether an ESI Protocol should be incorporated into a court order; however, the decision may be unimportant as a practical matter. In McCormick & Co., Inc. v. Ryder Integrated Logistics, Inc., 2023 WL 2433902 (D. Md. March 9, 2023), the parties did not incorporate their […]
January 13, 2023

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating – 2023

It is an honor to again receive an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
December 22, 2022

A Rose by Any Other Name?

The voters of Maryland passed a Constitutional Amendment changing the name of the Court of Appeals of Maryland to the “Supreme Court of Maryland.”  It also changed the name of the Court of Special Appeals to the “Appellate Court of Maryland.” The Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure issued a […]
August 6, 2022

Maryland’s Special Rule for Discovery Sanctions in Child Custody Cases

In Kadish v. Kadish, 254 Md. App. 467 (2022), the Court was faced with egregious discovery violations in a child custody case.  Stated simply, the child’s mother failed or refused to provide discovery responses several times, failed to appear for depositions on three separate occasions, and also violated a series of escalating […]