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Maryland Court of Appeals rules on consumer protection laws

July 21, 2009

The Court of Appeals of Maryland held that Maryland's cap on noneconomic damages applies to personal injury claims that are brought under Maryland's consumer protection laws.

U.S. Chamber files amicus brief

December 17, 2008

NCLC asked the Court of Appeals of Maryland to clarify that consumer protection laws are not intended to provide for noneconomic personal injury damages. Plaintiffs in Maryland and elsewhere are attempting to blur the line between run-of-the-mill negligence claims and consumer protection statutes, because of the sweeping language in consumer protection laws; the potential for significant award recoveries (including attorneys' fees) under these laws; and because consumer protection statutes often do not require the plaintiff to prove otherwise fundamental elements of a tort claim.

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