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April 15, 2009

2009 Maryland General Assembly Session Recap

The 2009 General Assembly session ended earlier this week. During the 90-day session, the Maryland Chamber took positions on 209 of the 2,674 bills and joint resolutions introduced. You... More»

April 4, 2009

This Week in Annapolis - April 3

Here are some of this week’s legislative updates from the Chamber Action Network blog: One Size Fits All Shift Breaks Bill DefeatedThe House Economic Matters Committee voted yesterday to defeat... More»

March 28, 2009

This Week in Annapolis - March 27

Here are some of this week’s legislative updates from the Chamber Action Network blog: Small Group Reforms MovingLegislation to introduce market-based reforms into the Small Group Health Insurance Plan were... More»

March 20, 2009

This Week in Annapolis

Here are some of this week’s legislative updates from the Chamber Action Network blog: False Claims Bill Headed to Senate FloorThe Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved an amended version of... More»

January 22, 2009

Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Small Business Survey

Lawsuit abuse hurts small businesses, our economy and Maryland as a whole. If you have ever been sued, you know the financial, physical and emotional losses associated with fighting for... More»

December 6, 2008

Chamber Board Approves 2009 Business Agenda

The Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the 2009 Business Agenda during its November meeting. The Business Agenda outlines the Chamber’s priorities for the coming year and guides the organization’s... More»

April 2, 2008

Bill to Repeal Annual Noneconomic Damage Increase Defeated

The House Judiciary Committee defeated HB 606, which would have repealed the $15,000 annual increase in the cap on noneconomic damages that may be awarded in a health care malpractice... More»

A Regretful Ending for the Apology Bill

Legislation that would have altered the evidentiary rule concerning apologies or expressions of regret in a medical malpractice liability case was defeated in the House Judiciary Committee. HB 607 would... More»

April 1, 2008

Market Share Liability Bill Defeated

The Maryland Chamber is pleased that the House Judiciary Committee voted down legislation that would have drastically altered Maryland’s tort laws by imposing a variation of market share liability. This... More»

March 21, 2008

False Claims Legislation Defeated on the Senate Floor

Legislation that would have created a new private cause of action for the enforcement of state fraud statutes was defeated on the Senate floor earlier this week by a vote... More»

March 6, 2008

MD Chamber Opposes Market Share Liability Bill

The Maryland Chamber testified yesterday in opposition to legislation that would drastically alter Maryland’s tort laws by imposing a variation of market share liability. This legal theory is fundamentally unfair,... More»

January 30, 2008

Bills Would Enforce State Fraud Statutes with Bounty Hunting Trial Lawyers

Maryland Chamber Vice President Ron Wineholt testified today in opposition to SB 215 and HB 292, two bills that would establish additional penalties for the filing of a false claim... More»

December 17, 2007

Maryland Chamber's 2008 Business Agenda

The Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors recently approved its 2008 Business Agenda. Priorities for the 2008 General Assembly session include: Repealing the hastily adopted sales tax on computer services. Revising... More»

July 18, 2007

Risky Business: New Analysis of State Legal Climates

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers points to a new study of state legal climates compiled by Steven B. Hantler, Chrysler’s Assistant General Counsel for Government and Regulation and Chairman... More»

July 16, 2007

Employers Likely to Face More Discrimination Litigation

Despite the Maryland Chamber’s strong opposition, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation (SB 678/HB 314) that will permit employees and other civil rights complainants to obtain jury trials in State... More»

April 26, 2007

Where does Maryland's Legal System Rank?

The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform released its 2007 state-by-state ranking of state legal systems. The rankings were based on telephone interviews by Harris Interactive of in-house corporate counsel... More»

April 11, 2007

2007 Session Recap

We’ve posted a preliminary recap of the session. We’ll expand on it later this week.... More»

March 22, 2007

House Comparative Fault Bill Withdrawn

Good news this morning. HB 110, the Maryland Comparative Negligence Act, has been withdrawn. The legislation would have had a negative impact on all Maryland Businesses. Defeating the bill was... More»

March 21, 2007

House Action Could Weaken Med-Mal Reform

Efforts by trial lawyers to weaken recent medical liability reforms were turned back in a House of Delegates floor vote this week. Now it appears the House will reconsider the... More»

March 1, 2007

Chamber Advocates Legislation to Limit Appeal Bonds

Yesterday, the Maryland Chamber urged the House Judiciary Committee to support HB 807, legislation that would limit the total appeal bond necessary to stay enforcement of a judgment to no... More»

February 19, 2007

A Sorry Ending for the Apology Bill

Legislation that would have altered the evidentiary rule concerning apologies or expressions of regret in a medical malpractice liability case was defeated in the House Judiciary Committee. HB 147 would... More»

February 7, 2007

Comparative Fault Hearing is Today

HB 110, the Maryland Comparative Negligence Act, will be heard today in the House Judiciary Committee. Maryland Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Ron Wineholt has been working all week... More»

February 2, 2007

News & Notes for February 2, 2007

O’Malley pledging a ‘living wage’“By setting an artificial wage floor, you undermine the whole purpose of competitive bidding,” Wineholt said. “If someone is willing to provide a service at a... More»

January 31, 2007

Chamber Advocates Civil Liability Reforms

The Maryland Chamber today urged the House Judiciary Committee to enact meaningful civil justice reforms. The ability of a company to receive fair treatment in a state’s court system influences... More»

Comparative Fault Legislation is Back

The Maryland Chamber strongly opposes HB 110, the Maryland Comparative Negligence Act, which would replace Maryland’s standard of contributory negligence with a standard of comparative fault. If passed, this bill... More»

October 23, 2006

2007 Business Agenda Released

During last week’s meeting of the Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors, the Board adopted the Chamber’s 2007 Business Agenda. The agenda outlines the Chamber’s priorities for the coming year and... More»

August 4, 2006

Quick Links for August 4

Business groups launch voter education bus tour: The Baltimore Examiner features a story on the Vote for Business Bandwagon Tour stop earlier this week. Why voters get turned off:... More»

May 12, 2006

Study: Maryland's Legal Liability Climate Ranks Near the Bottom

The Pacific Research Institute released the U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2006 Report, a new report that ranks all 50 states in terms of relative tort burdens and relative tort reforms.... More»

April 12, 2006

Highlights and Lowlights of the 2006 General Assembly Session

The Chamber took positions on 169 bills this session. Click here for the highlights and lowlights. Related info: The Gazette: Annapolis ’06: A collapse at the wire Assembly minds business... More»

March 27, 2006

Medical Liability Reform Bill Dies in Committee

The Governor’s Medical Liability Reform Bill (HB 306), which was a Chamber priority bill, was voted down in the House Judiciary Committee last week by a vote of 11-11. The... More»

March 20, 2006

Bill to Restore Cap on Noneconomic Damages in Latent Diseases Cases Voted Down

The House Judiciary Committee voted down legislation to restore the cap on noneconomic damage awards for businesses defending latent disease and latent injury cases (HB 767). In 1986, the Maryland... More»

March 15, 2006

MPT to Air Documentary Addressing Medical Liability Insurance Crisis on March 21

Next Tuesday, March 21 at 8 p.m., Maryland Public Television will air “If the Bough Breaks,” an educational documentary that tells the story of Maryland’s medical liability insurance crisis. The... More»

March 14, 2006

Latent Disease Liability Law Exposes Maryland Businesses

Another bill being heard today by the House Judiciary Committee is HB 767, Civil Actions – Limitations on Awards for Noneconomic Damages – Latent Diseases or Injuries. The Maryland Chamber... More»

Chamber Urges Medical Liability Reform

The Maryland Chamber today will urge the House Judiciary Committee to enact medical liability reform. The reforms enacted by the General Assembly during the 2004 special session were a stop-gap... More»

February 17, 2006

Chamber Supports Medical Liability Reforms

The Maryland Chamber strongly supports the Administration’s medical liability reform bill (SB 229/HB 306), which would make several tort reforms for medical liability cases, including: Setting a limit of $500,000... More»

February 14, 2006

Out to Lunch on the Cheeseburger Bill

The Common Sense Food Consumption Act (HB 28), which was sponsored by Del. John Arnick (D-Dist.6), received an unfavorable report from the House Judiciary Committee last week. The vote was... More»

February 2, 2006

Lawsuit Abuse

It must be lawsuit abuse week: LA Times: First smokes, now Cokes Washington Post: Man Sues Apple Over Potential Hearing Loss... More»

January 23, 2006

Cheeseburger Bill is Back

Del. John Arnick introduced HB 28, the Common Sense Food Consumption Act. This legislation would prohibit a person from filing a civil suit against a seller of food for damages... More»