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F&B Attorneys file amicus curie brief in People’s Ins. Counsel Div. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Ins. Co.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Funk & Bolton attorneys recently filed in the Maryland Court of Appeals  an amicus curie brief in People’s Ins. Counsel Div. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Ins. Co.  In the appeal, People’s Insurance Counsel Division challenges Maryland common law on construing insurance contracts objectively and asks the court to adopt a rule construing insurance policies most strictly against the insurer, even in the face of unambiguous policy language.  Amici argue that Maryland has long-followed the view that plan and unambiguous policy terms are...

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F&B Attorneys file amicus brief in Espina, et al. v. Jackson

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Attorneys in Funk & Bolton’s Local Government Practice Group recently filed an amicus curiae brief in the Maryland Court of Appeals in the case of Espina, et al. v. Jackson, et al. on behalf of the Local Government Insurance Trust, and the counties of Harford and Montgomery.  The petitioners in this case challenge the applicability of the Local Government Tort Claims Act (LGTCA) to claims brought against local government alleging  violations of the State constitution.  The amici argue that the provisions of the LGTCA do apply to such...

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Don Davis admitted to Iowa Bar

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

In response to our growing practice with Iowa-domiciled insurers, Don Davis was recently admitted to the Iowa Bar.  A member of Funk & Bolton’s Insurance Regulation Practice Group, Don’s practice focuses on insurance regulation and insurance transactions and investments.  Don previously became familiar with aspects of Iowa insurance and corporate law while assisting insurers considering merging with Iowa companies or redomesticating to Iowa.  Don’s admission to the Iowa bar is a natural extension of the firm’s practice in Iowa...

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Steve Carney named the St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

The William & Mary Law School has named Steve Carney the St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Each year the Law School bestows this honor on one of its adjunct professors.  Please take the opportunity to congratulate Steve on this special and well-deserved honor.  As the Dean said in announcing the honor, Steve is “a most deserving recipient!”

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Plaintiff “John Doe” Ordered To Pursue Disability Claim In Real Name

Posted on May 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently granted an insurer’s motion to require a “John Doe” plaintiff to litigate his disability claim in his real name. Read the full bulletin here. To view our previous bulletins click here.  

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Negligence Claims Arising From Terminated Pension Plan Are Preempted By ERISA And Subject To Removal

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland recently ruled negligence claims filed against a broker-dealer by the administrator and sponsor of a terminated defined benefit pension plan are completely preempted by ERISA and removable to federal court. Read the full bulletin here. To view our previous bulletins click here.

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Essential Job Functions, Disabling Conditions and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 in Local Government

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability.  Under the law and the regulations developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Title I prohibits employers from requiring medical examinations or making disability-related inquiries of employees unless such examinations or inquiries are job-related and consistent with business necessity. This means that when an employee may be unable to work because of a medical condition or an injury, the employer is entitled only to the medical...

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I Want My Ring Back!! by Mark A Barondess

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 in Family Law

An article on The Huffington Post   December is a big month for wedding engagements, and accordingly, a prospectively lucrative month for the divorce industry as well.

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Custody Thoughts by Mark A. Barondess

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 in Family Law

An Article on The Huffington Post   There is no aspect of marriage, and for that matter divorce, that engenders more potential emotional or financial mayhem than children and the issues…  

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