Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Maryland lawsuits can be a whale of a problem

A contract is a collection of promises. When a promise is broken, it may require court action to get the remedies you seek. We can help!

Monday, July 10, 2017

AVVO is not a safe place to describe your alleged crime!

We ask all of our clients to avoid posting details about their alleged crimes on ANY social media site. The internet is completely open to the public, and that includes the prosecutors seeking to put you in jail-- They read everything.

Below is an AVVO posting that appeared on July 8, 2017. This person is shocked that his AVVO questions made it to the criminal file maintained by the prosecutor's office. And if he admitted to bad things in those on-line postings, or perhaps shared details of the alleged crime not generally known to others, then evidence of the posting may well lead to his conviction.

The only safe place to be completely open about criminal accusations is within the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship. But if you have already disclosed details of the alleged crime on the internet before we establish an attorney-client relationship, you may have done great damage to your potential defenses.

My avvo questions and answers have made it to my criminal discovery in my robbery case
Location: Washington, DC
how did they make it there? can they be used against me? there are some ip logs from my internet service providers and a return of service there. what does that mean?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Your Maryland contractor cannot delegate his building code responsibilities.

Maryland's Court of Special Appeals has made clear what construction law practitioners have been arguing in the trial courts for a long time -- A general contractor or developer may not delegate its responsibility to comply with building codes to sub-contractors.

On May 31, 2017 the COSA decided Marrick Homes v. Rutkowski, an appeal from a very large money judgment by a trial court in favor of a severely injured homeowner against a general contractor. Mr. Rutkowski fell thirteen feet when a protective railing across a patio door opening failed. He broke bones and sustained a head injury. Expert witnesses explained that the wrong nails were used to secure the protective railing to the house, and that the connections failed when Mr. Rutkowski placed his weight against the railing. The railing did not comply with local building codes.

The work was done by a subcontractor of the defendant at least seven years before, when the house was owned by someone else. Mr. Rutkowski had even been living in the house for several months before he fell.