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Doused Expectations: Contractor Liability Arises in New Places

Bowie & Jensen Case Law and Legal Update: A recent appellate decision makes clear that contractors owe a duty of care to prevent damage to the tangible personal property of third parties. In June, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals held that an unrelated third party may be awarded damages arising from the contractor’s negligence,…

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Teaming Agreement Nothing More Than an Agreement to Negotiate

Bowie & Jensen Case Law and Legal Update: In Advance Telecom Process v. DS Federal, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a breach of contract action arising out of a “teaming agreement” between two government contractors. A subcontractor had filed suit claiming that the prime contractor had breached the teaming agreement…

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Matthew Hjortsberg Named Chair-Elect for Construction Law Section of the MSBA

Bowie & Jensen is proud to announce that its managing partner, Matthew Hjortsberg, has been named Chair-Elect of the Construction Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). The MSBA Construction Law Section sponsors educational programs, updates members on legal and legislative developments and provides various resources for lawyers who practice construction litigation or…

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Construction Market Now Booming After a Slow First Quarter

After seeing minimal activity in the first quarter of 2015, the construction market has picked up its performance and experienced significant action to date. The greatest amount of activity was seen in the building of commercial properties, especially offices and hotels. The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s…

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Bowie & Jensen Attorney R. Michael Smith Featured in New York Law Journal

R. Michael Smith, a member of Bowie & Jensen’s litigation and employment law practice groups, was quoted in a recent New York Law Journal article titled, “Claims Narrowed in Attorney’s Suit Against Former Firm.” The article explains how Judge Ronnie Abrams narrowed a lawsuit between a New York attorney and the Washington D.C.-based law firm where…

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You Gotta Fight for Your Right to IP

One year ago, a federal court jury in New York awarded popular rap group, the Beastie Boys, $1.7 million resulting from the unauthorized use of several of its songs by marketers of Monster brand energy drink. Recently, the judge in the same case ordered Monster to pay an additional $668,000 toward the group’s legal fees.…

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Law Lends Finality to Planning With Revocable Trusts

A law emerging from this year’s session of the Maryland legislature now extends certain probate estate protections to revocable trusts, enhancing their utility as an estate planning tool. A flaw in the sometimes commercially touted strategy of beating estate probate with a revocable trust has been that creditor claims against the creator of the trust…

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The Bankruptcy Trustee Took My Tuition Payment

The steep and steady rise of tuition for their children may drive some parents to bankruptcy and put the completed payment itself in jeopardy. Tuition payments made by parents to their child’s private school, college or university may be subject to claw-back when the parents later file for bankruptcy. Those sizable tuition payments are becoming…

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Remedies Vary for Wrongful Termination of a Construction Contract

Sufficient justification of the termination of a construction contract must exist or the terminating party may be liable for damages arising out of the wrongful termination. The results of any such termination typically are governed by termination clauses, or in their absence, Maryland statute. On occasion, owners or general contractors will terminate a construction contract,…

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