May 10, 2010

On My way to the Bayou

Louisiana is perhaps my favorite place in the whole world. I went to Tulane University in New Orleans for college and have visited Louisiana almost annually since then. I have many friends there including one of the best trial lawyers I know---Dan Robin. After college, I came back to Washington, D.C. for law school and now am the President of the Maryland Association for Justice. I've been to New Orleans a few times since Hurricane Katrina and have participated in the Habitat for Humanity Projects to rebuild just outside of the City of New Orleans, LA. We need to use the civil justice system to make sure that those damaged by this BP oil spill are made whole, and more importantly, to be sure that this never, ever happens again.

I am angry at BP, angry at the oil industry, and feel let down by the Federal Government for allowing this disaster to occur. It will have a permanent impact on the fishing industry, tourism industry, and many other people who enjoy the serenity of the GUlf Coast and the recreational activities it has to offer. I want to help those who are impacted by this disaster in any way I can. What concerns me is that BP now seems to have no clue what their next steps will be. In fact, this morning on the news I heard they are considering shoving golf balls, and used tires in the oil well to stop the leak. You have got to be kidding me! While I have mixed feelings about the merits of drilling for oil in the USA, I know one thing for sure: If you are going to drill in deep water, you darn well better have a plan for what to do if something goes wrong and there is a leak. The fact that BP, with all of its money and engineers, is now clueless as to how to clean up this mess, is a travesty of justice. Where was our Government? Where was MMS?

I am proud to be working with two Louisiana natives, attorney Dan Robin and attorney John Finckbeiner. We are going to fight hard to protect the rights of those who have had their livelihood's destroyed by the BP Oil Spill, and we are also going to fight to make sure that BP and the other defendants are held accountable for destroying the fragile marine environment in and along the Gulf Coast.

May 9, 2010

Louisiana Small Businesses On Crash Course with Oil

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the fishermen and other small businesses who operate along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. BP's effort to quickly solve the leak by placing a containment tower over the oil leak ended yesterday when crystalized gas (gas hydrates) blocked the pipes in the oil containment tower. There are already reports of tar balls washing up on shore off of Alabama. Doug Suttles, A BP Corporate Executive, said "I wouldn't say its failed yet. What I would say is what we attempted to do last night didn't work because these hydrates plugged up the top of the dome." In other words, he admitted that the dome approach is not working. Other possible solutions to the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster include heating the area or adding methanol to break up the hydrates.

Meanwhile, Louisiana shrimpers and fishermen continue to be unable to work. Oyster processing plants are shutting down. This has an impact not only on these people and their families, but also on the seafood industry throughout the United States of America. It will also have an impact on tourism generally in New Orleans. As if our bad economy didn't make things tough enough---now oyster processing plants are shutting down and even more Louisiana people are going to lose their jobs. For example, Wayne Eldridge, owner of J&W Marine Enterprises (an oyster plant operator) said "I'm screwed. The biggest thing is Ive got 35 people unemployed there."

Meanwhile, oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico at 5,000 barrels per day which equates to 210,000 gallones a day. To date, the only contact with the coast has been in the Chandeleur islands in Louisiana where the US Coast Guard and National Guard are laying a protective ring of booms. There is no end to this oil disaster in site. The impact on the Louisiana Wetlands and the environment is terrifying.

If your small business, family, shrimp business, or oyster business in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina or Maryland has been impacted by the British Petroleum BP Oil Spill Disaster then you should consider consulting with an attorney about what your options are. Most lawyers will give a free telephone consultation, and would handle the case on a contingent fee which means that if there is no recovery, there would be no attorney fees at all. Call 888-213-8140 for more information.

May 7, 2010

Fairfax Pastor Accused of Abuse

The Washington Post reports that Pastor Tommy Shelton has been accused of sexually abusing several young teens in Fairfax, VA when he was the pastor at Community Church of God at 2500 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring from 1995-2000. Two men apparently came forward in 2008. Pastor Shelton was arrested in March and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery with a minor and sodomy. On Thursday there was a preliminary hearing in Fairfax County Virginia and the charges against pastor Shelton were reduced. Judge Kimberly Daniel found probable cause for one count of carnal knowledge and one count of aggravated sexual battery . Pastor Tommy Shelton is now free on $80,000 bond and the Judge required that he stay in Virginia. The Washington Post also reports that Shelton was previously accused of molesting boys at a church in the 1980's in Illinois. He was not criminally in Ill. because of the statute of limitations. In Virginia, apparently there is no statute of limitations for such sexual crimes. Individuals who are sexually abused by a pastor, teacher, priest or anyone else in an authoritative position should consider consulting with an attorney. The civil justice system may allow such individuals to bring a lawsuit against such individuals for assault, batter, negligence and other legal causes of action relating to sexual abuse. Furthermore, the entity that hires an individual who abuses his or her position of authority can be held legally accountable for negligent hiring. Thus a lawsuit can possibly be brought against the church or school rather than just against the individual. If you are the victim of sexual abuse, please consider calling 888-213-8140 and speaking to an attorney for a confidential, free consultation about what your options are.

May 7, 2010

Fairfax Pastor Accused of Abuse

The Washington Post reports that Pastor Tommy Shelton has been accused of sexually abusing several young teens in Fairfax, VA when he was the pastor at Community Church of God at 2500 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring from 1995-2000. Two men apparently came forward in 2008. Pastor Shelton was arrested in March and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery with a minor and sodomy. On Thursday there was a preliminary hearing in Fairfax County Virginia and the charges against pastor Shelton were reduced. Judge Kimberly Daniel found probable cause for one count of carnal knowledge and one count of aggravated sexual battery . Pastor Tommy Shelton is now free on $80,000 bond and the Judge required that he stay in Virginia. The Washington Post also reports that Shelton was previously accused of molesting boys at a church in the 1980's in Illinois. He was not criminally in Ill. because of the statute of limitations. In Virginia, apparently there is no statute of limitations for such sexual crimes. Individuals who are sexually abused by a pastor, teacher, priest or anyone else in an authoritative position should consider consulting with an attorney. The civil justice system may allow such individuals to bring a lawsuit against such individuals for assault, batter, negligence and other legal causes of action relating to sexual abuse. Furthermore, the entity that hires an individual who abuses his or her position of authority can be held legally accountable for negligent hiring. Thus a lawsuit can possibly be brought against the church or school rather than just against the individual. If you are the victim of sexual abuse, please consider calling 888-213-8140 and speaking to an attorney for a confidential, free consultation about what your options are.

May 3, 2010

Children's Tylenol And Other Popular Products Recalled

On Saturday the Food and Drug Administration announced that children's Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl (a total of 43 liquid products) have been voluntarily recalled by McNeil Healthcare, and advise consumers that these products should not be given to children.

If you have these products in your house you should throw them away.

I know that in my family, we have relied on Children's Tylenol to help our kids sleep when they have a fever and have been sick, and this recall comes as a huge surprise! Those responsible for the safety of these products are not providing very much information about the reason for the recall. They simply are saying vague things like: "some of these products may not meet required quality standards" I suspect that there are children who have been injured as a result of taking these recalled products, but that this information is not being disclosed at this time. Walgreens has apparently already pulled all of the dangerous drugs that were recently recalled from their shelves. If your child is sick you can consider giving your child generic medications (Tylenol's generic is acetaminophen) but be sure to give the child dose of the generic drug and not the adult dose. Also, you should not give your child adult medications . Of course if you have recently given your child any of these recalled products and notice adverse effects, you should call your doctor or 911 right away.

For more information about the recall you can visit the following websites:

If you are concerned that you or a loved one have been harmed by a dangerous drug or medical device, call us at 888-213-8140 or visit our website.

May 2, 2010

BP Oill Spill Lawsuit Filed-This Disaster Is Another Example of Why We Need to Preserve Our Civil Justice System

Louisiana just can't catch a break. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the fisherman, their families, and those who live on and near the coastlines that are immediately impacted by this BP Oil Spill disaster. As the hours and days tick by, it is becoming more and more apparent that communities like Venice, Louisiana and Port Fourchon will be the first places to be hit by the oil slick. But this disaster is going to have a huge impact on small businesses and individuals throughout the United States. For these fishing/tourist communities, this is going to devastate their way of life. After the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig exploded BP attempted to allay concerns (and probably slowed response times) by downplaying the extent of the leak. It was first reported that 1,000 gallons per day were leaking. Later, it was acknowledged that it may be as much as 5,000 barrels per day.

A class action lawsuit has already been filed (4/30/10). To see the Complaint, click here http://www.levinlaw.com/PDFs/04.30.10-BP-Oil-Spill-Class-Action-Complaint.pdf. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Florida on behalf of several individuals and small businesses. The defendants include Transocean Ltd (owners of the rig Deepwater Horizon), BP, Halliburtin, Inc. and several foreign corporations involved in offshore deepwater drilling. This class action was brought on behalf of Florida citizens who live work or derive income from the Fla. Coastal zone.

But individuals and small businesses impacted by this disaster should consider consulting with their own lawyers to be sure that they receive full compensation from this disaster rather than being lumped together in a class action lawsuit. Most lawyers who handle these environmental cases will give a free telephone consulation and would typically handle an environmental disaster case like this on a contingent fee basis (meaning no attorney fee charged if there is no recovery). Call us at 888-213-8140 for a free consultation Appropriate causes of action that environmental lawyers will be considering and including in their BP Oil Spill lawsuit include negligence, Strict Liability for Abnormally Dangerous Activity, Strict liability for manufacturing defect, and other product liability causes of action. If you or your family members have been impacted by the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico call us at 888-213-8140 for a free telephone consultation.

The civil justice system is going to play a crucial role in getting these communities back on track with their way of life. This disaster is very different than a hurricaine. This is a man made disaster caused by an incredibly profitable private corporation that obviously did not focus enough time and attention on safety. People need to remember that tort reform and other laws that protect big corporations from accountability can lead to decreased safety and environmental disasters such as this one. Those impacted by BP's negligence include fisherman, property owners, business owners, tourists, hunters and others. The damage is widespread and the impact is huge and devastating. British Petroleum and the other responsible parties need to be held accountable for this disaster. Those who are impacted directly by the disaster should contact a environmental lawyer to help fight against BP Oil, and should consider filing a private lawsuit (as opposed to just being a part of a class action lawsuit). Environmental law is complex and individuals and small businesses need to remember that literally billions of dollars have been spent by the oil and energy industry to protect their profits and reduce their accountability. For more information contact us at 888-213-8140


Kevin Goldberg

Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester, LLC

President, Maryland Association for Justice


Oil Spill
April 28, 2010

Airplane Crash results in substantial verdict

       On April 7, 2010, a jury awarded $89 million in an airplane crash case. The 1999 airplane crash accident left four people dead and one seriously injured. While injuries and death from flying are undoubtedly less common than those from driving an automobile, airplane crashes are not an infrequent occurrence. In March 2010 alone, more than 100 airplane accidents were reported to the National Transportation Safety Board. Such accidents may result from, among other things, a defective airplane, pilot error, or third-party negligence. The many different causes of airplane accidents require an attorney that is experienced in deciphering between the applicable law, what causes of action may apply, and which individuals or entities may be at fault. The attorney who received this astounding airplane crash verdict is Arthur Wolk.

       For instance, the plaintiffs' attorney in the above referenced case was presented with the daunting task of overcoming the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA), which contains an 18 year repose statute prohibiting suit against airplane manufacturers more than 18 years from the date that the original product was first purchased or leased. Twice, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the defendant's argument that the plaintiffs' case was barred by GARA. The court found that a fraud exception to GARA permitted the plaintiffs to maintain their suit against the manufacturer of the 1968 six-seat Piper Cherokee airplane. The plaintiff's attorney successfully argued that a faulty carburetor caused the airplane to crash shortly after takeoff. This argument coupled with proof that the airplane manufacturer defrauded the Federal Aviation Administration relating to airworthiness certificate procedures involving the carburetor resulted in a jury award of $25 million in compensatory and $64 million in punitive damages.

       If you or a love one are involved in an airplane crash in Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia and suffer injuries or wrongful death, you need an experienced attorney who can diligently advocate for your rights and hold responsible those at fault for your injuries. Our lawyers work with groups and other lawyers throughout the United States on airplane cases, and we have the knowledge and resources to get justice for you and your family if you have been involved in an airplane crash. Time is of the essence in preserving a cause of action and crucial evidence related to the airplane accident. For more information about hiring a airplane crash attorney, contact Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester toll free at 888-213-8140. You can also visit our website at www.gfmlawllc.com. Our lawyers will fight to protect your rights.

Candace Canka, Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester, LLC 888-213-8140

April 22, 2010

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents have been on the rise for the past several years. But in 2009 the number of people killed in motorcycle crashes went down significantly according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Fatal motorcycle crashes decreased by about 16 %. Fatal Motorcycle accidents in Maryland decreased 26% Motorcycle crashes in Washington, D.C. decreased 38%. Motorcycle accidents in Virginia decreased by 13%. The authors of this report about motorcycle deaths caution that there is no clear reason for the decline, and it could just be a blip on the radar. In the ten years ending in 2007 the number of motorcycle fatalities rose from 2,116 to 5154 and the number of injuries per year doubled to about 107,000. If you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle crash and you suffer injuries, call so so that we can help you. Quite often the police will assume that the motorcycle driver is at fault for the crash just because they are on a motorcycle. Of course this is not always the case and there are many crashes involving motorcycles where the at fault driver is the operator of a car, truck or van. If you are involved in a Maryland motorcycle accident, call us at 301-589-2999 x102. Our lawyers will fight to protect your rights.

April 20, 2010

Terrible Crash on Alabama Ave., SE in Washington, D.C.

Terrible Crash on Alabama Ave. SE in WashingtonOn Monday there was a terrible car accident at Alabama Ave. and 36th Street, SE in Washington, D.C. near Beers Elementary School. At least one person was killed and 4 children were seriously injured. A white van crashed head-on into a Toyota Camry. The 4 children injured in the car crash were in the Camry. Neighbors have reported that the white van was speeding through the neighborhood prior to the crash and driving recklessly. News stations have also reported that the driver of the Toyota Camry involved in the crash has passed away. After the head on collision, the van caught fire. The D.C. Police are still investigating the crash.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those injured and killed in this crash. The families of those involved should retain an attorney to investigate this crash and preserve evidence that may be crucial to the legal case. Unfortunately, all too often when there is a catastrophic car crash causing a wrongful death, the families of those involved in the crash are grieving and do not take the necessary steps to preserve evidence necessary to win the legal case. A major problem is that in cases such as this there is often limited insurance coverage to compensate all of the victims. Therefore, the families of those involved need to consider legal claims not only against the negligent driver who caused the Washington, D.C. car accident, but also claims against the manufacturers of the vehicles to the extent that there might be a product liability claim. This requires that evidence, including the salvage of the vehicles, be preserved. Also, there might be claims against the D.C. Government and in that case, there is a 180 deadline for putting them on notice via certified mail. There also might be claims relating to the maintenance of the roadway (this could be a claim against the D.C. Government). My point is that it is not sufficient to rely on the D.C. police department to investigate the crash. Victims of serious car accidents need to hire a lawyer and/or private investigator to do what needs to be done to preserve their rights. Remember, that as the plaintiff/victim of an accident, if you go to Court you will have the burden of proof. That means that you must present evidence to prove your case. Skid marks disappear. Cars are repaired. Witnesses change their stories. An accident lawyer knows how to act promptly to preserve the necessary evidence to prove the case, and in a serious crash such as the one on Monday night at Alabama Ave. and 36th Street, the lawyer will know to look beyond just the negligence of the driver of the van. Questions that need to be considered include whether the negligent driver was working for a corporation at the time of the crash? Was he on a cell phone or texting at the time of the crash? There is a lot to consider. The insurance companies and their investigators involved in car accident cases should not be trusted as they are not going to protect your rights. They are more interested in protecting their bottom line, and frankly, are just as happy if crucial evidence disappears. For more information about hiring a car crash lawyer call the lawyers at Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester toll free at 800 JUSTICE or 301-589-2999 x102. When we handle a serious car accident case, there is no attorney fees or costs if there is no recovery. You can also visit our Website at www.gfmlawllc.com.

April 13, 2010

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Virginia leads to Reckless Driving Charges Against Brian H. Beck

James W. Boice, a 39 year old man from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was killed as a result of the negligence of Brian H. Beck, age 28. Mr. Beck was charged with reckless driving after his Jeep Cherokee struck the Suzuki Motorcycle that Mr. Boyce was on. The motorcycle that Mr. Boyce was driving was stopped at an intersection in Leesburg, VA (East Battlefield Street and at around 6:30 am when this car accident occurred. After the crash Mr. James Boice was transported to Louden hospital center but he died of his injuries. The funeral/memorial service for Mr. Boice (Mr. James Boyce) will be on Saturday April 17, 2010 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Charles Town WV. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Boice's family and friends. It is important that his family retain an investigator and/or attorney to investigate this crash and gather witness statements. Unfortunately, those who drive motorcycles are often assumed to have contributed to a crash just because they operate a motorcycle. In states such as Virginia that recognize the antiquated doctrine of contributory negligence, it is important that victims families act promptly to gather facts about how the accident happened so as to avoid the certain insurance company argument that the motorcyclist contributed to the crash. In Virginia, if a motorist is even 1% at fault then he is barred from recovery in a civil lawsuit by the doctrine of contributory negligence. Our lawyers at Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester are experienced in combating this defense. For more information, call us at 888-213-8140 or visit our website at www.gfmlawllc.com.

April 12, 2010

A Brutal Weekend In the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

There were at least three fatal car crashes in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia in the past few days. A lady from Fairhaven, MA was killed when she was struck by a tractor trailer in Virginia. Her name is Elizabeth Lyman. This crash occurred at about 2 PM when traffic was backed up on Interstate 495 West to Interstate 95 South when the tractor trailer swerved from the roadway to the right shoulder to avoid hitting a car that had slowed to stop. The truck side swiped the woman's 1998 Plymouth Voyager, struck the woman and went back into traffic. The driver of the tractor trailer, Nodarse Garcia was charged with reckless driving and with driving an overweight vehicle.

There were also two fatal motorcycle accidents. In the first, which occurred in Washington, D.C., a motorcyclist named David E. Gross of Mount Rainier, MD was killed. The other motorcycle crash occurred in Maryland. Matthew B Buc of Clake Park Court in Maryland was killed.

The Washington D.C. Suburban area roadways are dangerous and we urge all of our friends to drive safe and to pay attention. It should be noted that the Maryland Legislature is on the verge of passing a new law that will ban talking on your cell phone while driving (Washington, D.C. already has this law).

April 8, 2010

Maryland General Assembly Passes Bill That Will Increase Car Insurance Minimum Limits

Maryland Flag I am happy to report that today the Maryland Senate passed House Bill 825 by a vote of 27-20. The measure had already passed the Maryland House of Representatives, so it will become law assuming it is signed by Governor O'Malley. The new law requires that car insurance policies sold or delivered in the State of Maryland after January 1, 2011 provide at least $30,000.00 in liability coverage per person and $60,000.00 in coverage per car accident. This is an increase from the prior minimum limit of $20,000 per person and $40,000.00 per person. As the President of the Maryland Association for Justice, I worked very hard on this legislation, and I can tell you that it was a hard fought battle. Getting this bill passed took a lot of hard work by MAJ's legislative team including Robert Zarbin (Legislative Chair), Wayne Willoughby, George Tolley, John Bratt, Jim MacAlister, Eric Schloss and Bruce Plaxen. Our lobbyists Frank Boston, Dan Doherty, and Fran Doherty worked incredibly hard on this as well, and did a terrific job. The increased limits of car insurance will provide protection to Maryland Citizens injured in accidents, and it is also anticipated that it will increase the pool of money that can be used for uncompensated care by the hospitals. We owe a special thank you to Senator Rob Garagiola and Delegate Charles Barkley from Montgomery County, Maryland for helping us in this fight.

The bill was opposed by the insurance industry, car rental car companies, and others. The bill to increase the minimum limits of car insurance was supported by the Maryland Association for Justice, Victims of Car Accidents (3 victims testified at the Senate Hearing), and Maryland Hospitals (It is unusual for the Maryland Trial Lawyers and the Maryland Hospitals to be working together on an issue). Baltimore Attorney Billy Murphy also testified in support of the Legislation before the Senate Finance Committee. The debate/floor fight on the Maryland Senate Floor occurred on Tuesday April 7, and Wednesday April 8, 2010 in Annapolis, Maryland. Opponents of the bill offered numerous amendments--most of which were, in my opinion, not legitimate and were simply intended to stall the legislation and force it to fail. On Tuesday Baltimore City Senator Lisa Gladden attempted to bring forth an amendment that would have allowed MAIF to finance auto insurance policies it sells. However the amendment was not ready, and therefore she moved to Special Order the bill until Wednesday. Her motion for special order passed and the debate on the bill to increase automobile insurance coverage minimum limits in Maryland continued on Wednesday April 7, 2010. On Wednesday, Ms. Gladden withdrew her amendment, however numerous other amendments were presented by other legislators to stall the legislation. All of the amendments were defeated. Senator Jennie Forehand from Montgomery County suggested that the insurance companies should not raise rates if the increased limits legislation passes becuase they have had very high profits and can afford to be charitable in light of the current economic climate in Maryland. For more information on the bill, click here: http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/HB0825.htm

The minimum limits of car insurance in Maryland was set at $20,000.00/$40,000.00 in 1972 and has not been increased since that time. By contrast the property damage limits have been increased two times since 1972. It should be noted that 66% of States have minimum limits set higher than $20K/$40K. The insurance industry has always opposed efforts to increase the minimum limits. In fact, at the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Hearing on the issue a State Farm Insurance Company Representative testified that State Farm would not object to reducing the limits below $20,000.00/$40,000.00.

In the State of Maryland it is estimated that about 200,000 car owners have minimum limits insurance policies. About 65,000 of those minimum limits policies are sold and issued by MAIF (Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund). Thanks to this new legislation, those injured by cars in Maryland will soon have at least $30,000.00 in protection to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.

This new law will help us to protect the rights of our most seriously injured clients.

March 29, 2010

Maryland Trial Lawyers Distribute Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Baltimore City With Baltimore City Fire Department

Maryland Trial Lawyers Distribute Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Baltimore City With Baltimore City Fire Department On Saturday March 13th Kevin Goldberg and numerous other Maryland Trial Lawyers including Bob Zarbin, Wayne Willoughby, David Wildberger, and Jessica Bhagam distributed the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors that Maryland personal injury lawyers purchased for this project. Representatives from the Mayor's office and Baltimore City Council Member Agnes Welch were also there in the rain to help us out. We managed to distribute and install a bunch of the detectors before we had to wrap things up due to the weather. The remaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors that MAJ Members purchased will be installed at a later date by the fire department. In the past two years, Maryland personal injury lawyers have raised over $9,000.00 for the smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector distribution project.

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March 26, 2010

Scotland Stars Win Championship

Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester are the proud sponsor of The Scotland Stars, a 7th-grade basketball team that plays in the Montgomery County Recreation Department basketball league. The team's record was 7-1. Of note, they won 7 straight games after losing the first game of the season. A special thank you to their incredible coaches Ben Leffler and Brandon Ferrell who did an amazing job with the kids.

Not only did they teach them to work as a team, work hard, and take pride in how they play, but they also stressed the fact that the kids were "student athletes" and that doing well in school is as important as performing on the Basketball Court. A special thank you is also in order for Patti Goldberg, a retired Bells Mill Guidance Counselor, for helping to put this team together. The team members are: Oumar Souma, Melvin Cooper, Matt Klein, Jeremiah Lindsay, Isaiah Lindsay, Jesse Locke, Jalen Paris, Dijon Minor, DaSean Minor, Alante Smith.

March 16, 2010

House Bill 825

House Bill 825 will be on the Maryland House of Delegates Floor for a vote tomorrow. It will raise minimum auto liability insurance limits from $20,000/$40,000.00 to $30,000/$60,000.00. This is a good bill for Maryland Residents as it provides protection in the event you or your loved ones are injured in a car accident that is not your fault. As the President of the Maryland Association for Justice, I have been working really hard with the MAJ Legislative Team to get this piece of legislation through and would appreciate your help. Please call your Maryland Delegates and urge them to "vote in favor of House Bill 825 which raises minimum auto liability limits from $20,000.00 to $30,000.00." CALLS NEED TO BE MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO BE EFFECTIVE SINCE THE BILL WILL LIKELY BE VOTED ON TOMORROW.

If you do not know who your delegates are, you can find out here:
http://mdelect.net/electedofficials/


A link to the bill is here: http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/HB0825.htm


By way of background, the $20,000.00 minimum limit was set in 1972 and has not increased since that time. Both VA and DC have $25,000.00 minimum limits. Many States have minimum limits of auto insurance well in excess of what Maryland has.


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