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Client Alert: New D.C. Law Narrows the Sweeping Ban on Non-Competes

Following harsh criticisms from the local business community, the D.C. Council has enacted an amendment to the near-total ban on non-competes that was set to go into effect.  The amended law, which goes into effect October 1, 2022, prohibits D.C. employers from imposing non-compete provisions on individuals who are not highly-compensated employees.  A more detailed look at the amendment is ... Read More

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirms quiet title dismissal and vacates public road decision

The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland vacated a trial court determination that a public road was not established where St. Mary’s County contended that it closed the roadway and no longer maintained the parcel. In Wilkinson v. Board of County Commissioners, the Court noted the trial court had “blurred” methods establishing public roads ... Read More

Christopher P. Ferragamo elected as a Fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel

Jackson & Campbell, P.C. is pleased to announce that Director Christopher P. Ferragamo has been elected as a Fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel. The American College of Coverage Counsel, established in 2012, is comprised of over 370 preeminent coverage and extracontractual counsel in the United States and Canada, representing the interests of both insurers and policyholders. Mr ... Read More

A Legislative Solution for Conservation Easements

A Legislative Solution for Conservation Easements:  Jackson & Campbell’s Tax Chair, Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn, provides insightful commentary on charitable conservation easements and the proposed tax legislation that caps charitable deductions for taxpayers.  She also discusses the Supreme Court’s recent decision in West Virginia v. EPA, and how that may impact Treasury Regulations. Read more here: CE Legislation Article ... Read More

Massachusetts High Court Rules that a Business Owners Liability Policy Does Not Cover Attorney’s Fees Awarded under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute

On July 6, 2022, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts determined that an award for attorney’s fees under the Massachusetts consumer protection statute, M.G.L. c. 93A (“Chapter 93A” or “the statute”), was not covered under a business owners liability policy because attorney’s fees awarded under the statute do not constitute damages “because of” bodily ... Read More

Celebrating Pride Year-Round

Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, a friend or an ally, or someone who wants to know more about Pride, celebrating Pride in the workplace should not just be celebrated once a year, but something to honor year-round. June is a particularly important month for the LGBTQ+ community, as it marks what is historically considered ... Read More

Undisclosed Bankruptcy can be fatal to Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice case

On June 6, 2022, Crystal Deese and Sarah Godfrey appeared in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia, for Day 1 of what was supposed to be a 5-day jury trial.  Plaintiff had filed a suit against our client, a medical practice, claiming $2.3 million in past and future damages after a routine cataract surgery allegedly rendered her ... Read More

Diversity 2.0- How Juneteenth Continues to Contribute to Workplace Diversity Initiatives

June 19, or Juneteenth, marks the commemoration of the date on which the full force of the Emancipation Proclamation was finally realized and legal slavery in America brought to an end. Despite the fact that the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, news of its issuance was delayed and did not reach enslaved Americans until June 19, 1865 ... Read More

California Governor Signs Legislation Raising Non-Economic Damages Cap on Medical Malpractice Awards

On May 22, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 35 (“A.B. 35”) resulting in major changes to the state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (“MICRA” or “the Act”). These changes include among other changes, an increase to the cap of noneconomic damages awarded to plaintiffs in medical malpractice lawsuits. Originally enacted in 1975, MICRA established a ... Read More

When to Hang Up the Phone—Hazards of Talking to Prospective Clients

Arthur D. Burger, Chair of the Firm’s Professional Responsibility Practice Group, has an article published in today’s Bloomberg Law relating to legal ethics and law firm practices when communicating with “prospective clients.” See attached in a BLaw Insight here. Reproduced with permission. Published May 5, 2022. Copyright 2022 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. 800-372-1033. For further use, please visit  ... Read More

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland finds ambiguity in easement and reversed trial court order to demolish dwelling

This week, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland found an ambiguity in an open space and conservation easement and reversed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment. In Roxbury View, LLC v. Edward McCauley, the Court held that Maryland Environmental Trust’s victory at the trial court – mandating that a new residential dwelling be demolished within six (6) months ... Read More

Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn on the latest development regarding charitable conservation easements

Is the Supreme Court likely to take up a tax case regarding a clear split between the 6th and 11th Circuits regarding conservation easements? Read an analysis in this Bloomberg article written by our own attorney, Nancy O. Kuhn. Conservation Easements: A Circuit Split on the Validity of a Treasury Regulation Adds to Uncertainty for Donors   ... Read More

Short-Term Rental License – DCRA Extends Grace Period for Obtaining License.

The District regulates short-term residential rentals, such as "AirBNB". The regulations are found here The grace period for obtaining the license and endorsement is extended to June 9, 2022. A Basic Business license is required, with two, alternative endorsements available. Short-Term Rental Endorsement (Host is present during rental – such as renting out bedrooms). Eligibility for License: Must be within host/applicant's primary residence ... Read More

Summary judgment granted in premises case. Res ipsa loquitur inapplicable where mode of claimed injury required expert support.

Edward Sedlacek & Crystal Deese obtained summary judgment for their hospital client against a Plaintiff suing for premises liability and res ipsa loquitur.  Plaintiff claimed to have received an electrical shock forceful enough to fracture two different bones.  None of the medical experts agreed that electricity caused these twisting type fractures. The court rejected Plaintiff’s argument that a lay jury ... Read More

Using Intrafamily Loans to Transfer Wealth and Reduce Estate Taxes

With current interest rates at near-historic lows, intrafamily loans remain an effective way to shift wealth to the next generation while avoiding estate and income tax consequences. Such loans can be part of a complex estate planning strategy, including the transfer of a closely-held family business.  However, they can also be used as a simple mechanism to assist children with ... Read More

No Jurisdiction in Medical Malpractice Plaintiff’s Home State

The Health Law Practice Group recently secured dismissal for a local hospital sued in Plaintiff’s home state on jurisdictional grounds. The patient sued a facility with offices located in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Plaintiff filed suit in his home state of Pennsylvania claiming his injury manifested there.  However, the care at issue was rendered in Maryland weeks before any injury manifested.  ... Read More

DC Council Extends Foreclosure Moratorium, Shortens TOPA Tolling Period

In October 2021, D.C. Council provided Mayor Bowser, under Act 24-178 1 , the power to extend the foreclosure moratorium from November 5, 2021, to February 4, 2022. 2 The purpose of this extension was to allow the Housing Assistance Funds (‘HAF”) Program to be implemented. The goal of the HAF program is to prevent mortgage ... Read More

Texas High Court: Extrinsic Evidence Permissible in Limited Exception to Eight-Corners Rule

In a decision issued on February 11, 2022, the Texas Supreme Court, responding to a certified question from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, held that extrinsic evidence can be considered in determining an insurer’s duty to defend in limited circumstances. In Monroe Guar. Ins. Co. v. BITCO Gen. Ins. Corp., the United States Court of Appeals ... Read More

Mississippi Supreme Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Ambiguous

In a decision issued on January 20, 2022, the Mississippi Supreme Court held that a pollution exclusion contained in a general liability policy was ambiguous with respect to a claim for coverage by an insured for a damage caused by an explosion.  The court deemed the terms “contaminant” and “irritant” within an absolute pollution exclusion ambiguous in an insurance coverage ... Read More

Association Liability for Crimes Committed by Third Parties

On February 3, 2022, a final order was issued in Letellier v. The Atrium Unit Owners Association, et al. (Case No. CL19001103-00). The case tested the duty owed by condominium associations when a third-party commits a crime against a resident. On May 7, 2017, a man posed as a maintenance worker and entered the Atrium Condominium (the “Condominium”) in Arlington, Virginia ... Read More

The Diversity of the Supreme Court

At various points in the history of the United States, Presidential candidates and Presidents have made statements about the judicial nomination of the next Supreme Court Justice, indicating that issues of ethnicity and gender may provide the deciding factor in a selection process. Several Presidents have appointed individuals to add characteristics of diversity, as well as legal brilliance and judicial temperament. However, considerations of ... Read More

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirms expansion of general easement to allow for emergency vehicle use

Following seven years of litigation, and two appeals, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirmed a circuit court’s widening of a general easement to effectuate the intent of long-dead parties. In Garrett v. Holloway, the Court added some measure of clarity to a 1903 conveyance which referenced a bisecting private road but did not expressly create an easement nor ... Read More

The COVID-19 Vaccination – Testing Mandate Is Not Completely Dead

  On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court prohibited OSHA’s enforcement of its nationwide emergency vaccination and testing standard declaring the scope of the regulation beyond OSHA’s statutory authority. On January 25, OSHA conceded the point and withdrew the standard. But even as OSHA withdrew the standard, OSHA made clear that employers are not relieved of their obligation to protect employees from the risks of ... Read More

Recently Signed New York Law Sets New Mandatory Insurance Disclosures

[Update] On February 25, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul passed into law Senate Bill 7882 scaling back the Act’s most stringent requirements including, among other things, eliminating the disclosure requirements for defendants in litigation pending prior to the Act’s passage, extending the time to make disclosures from sixty days to ninety days after service of an answer, and removing from disclosures information ... Read More

Charitable Conservation Easements Found A Friend In The 11th Circuit

Many Tax Court cases have been decided based upon an obscure Treasury Regulation, upholding the IRS’ 100% disallowance of charitable conservation easement deductions.  The 11th Circuit struck down the Regulation, holding that it is “arbitrary and capricious”.  A rare win for taxpayers. The Bloomberg article attached below was written by our own attorney, Nancy O. Kuhn. A Rare Victory For Taxpayers ... Read More

Attorneys Art Burger and Caroline Lee-Ghosal to Present “Discussing Common Ethical Dilemmas Today’s Attorneys Face” CLE for the DC BAR

On March 3, 2022, Attorneys Art Burger and Caroline Lee-Ghosal will participate in a CLE titled "Discussing Common Ethical Dilemmas Today’s Attorneys Face" for the DC BAR from 6:00-8:15PM. The link to register for the event is below. "Discussing Common Ethical Dilemmas Today’s Attorneys Face" for the DC BAR ... Read More

Court Limits Retirement Benefits For Those Who Received Civil-Service Pay

David Babcock was a dual-status military technician, which meant he received both military pay and pension payments through his service with the National Guard, and also received civil-service pay from the Office of Personnel Management. After he retired, he applied for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration considered his civil-service pay to be a “windfall” and reduced his SSA ... Read More

Court Blocks OSHA Rule Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations For Workers

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, to combat the spread of COVID-19, issued a rule mandating that all employers who have at least 100 employees require that those workers be vaccinated—affecting some 84 million workers nationwide. The rule was enacted under an “emergency temporary standard” process which avoided the typical notice-and-comment procedures for rules. States and private parties challenged the ... Read More