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Esworthy presents the 2018 Hon. Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award to the Hon. Stuart R. Berger at the MSBA Bar Convention

Each year the Maryland State Bar presents the Hon. Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award to a sitting Maryland Judge who demonstrates exceptional judicial temperament, civility and courtesy to attorneys, litigants and others.  This year the Hon. Stuart R. Berger, of the Court of Special Appeals won the award.  As the grandson of the late Judge…

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The Value of the Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer (EV SSL) Certificate to Businesses with an On-Line Presence

If you are a business owner with an on-line presence, or an attorney representing such a business, the value of an Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer (EV SSL) certificate cannot be overstated.  Businesses selling products and services on-line have an interest in protecting the integrity of their transactions with buyers and their buyers’ financial and…

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Major Supreme Court Decision on Sales Tax and Internet Sales

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court decided that an out-of-state seller can be required to collect sales tax in a state even if the seller doesn’t have a physical presence there. In doing so, the Court expressly overruled its own longstanding precedent. The primary practical impact of the decision is that internet sellers…

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“Paid-if-Paid” v. “Paid-When-Paid” Clauses

On May 24, 2018, the Court of Appeals of Maryland filed its decision in Young Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Dustin Construction, Inc. In its decision, the Court of Appeals analyzed a Subcontract under Virginia law to determine whether the payment provisions in the Subcontract were “paid-if-paid” or “paidwhen-paid” provisions. The Circuit Court held that a…

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Maryland Legislature 2018 Summary for Contractors

General Contractor Liability for Unpaid Wages – Employee of subcontractor or subsubcontractor can sue general contractor for unpaid wages. General contractor is now responsible for ensuring that subcontractors are paying employees. Subcontractor must indemnify general contractor for unpaid wages. Procurement – Architectural Services and Engineering Services – Reciprocal Preference – The legislation restores a reciprocal preference…

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