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Marta H. Mossburg | April 9, 2013
People say dogs look like their owners. That may not be true, but they certainly look and act like we want them to, as breeds are a construct of generations of culling for certain aesthetic and other traits, including hunting ability, intelligence and, in some cases, viciousness. Which brings us to pit bulls, considered "inherently dangerous" under Maryland law since a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling. Some of the dogs that fall into that general description are ferocious, because humans designed them to be. But so are a lot of other dogs that, for whatever nature or nurture reason, like to bite people - which is why many urged lawmakers to overturn the decision.
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July 8, 2014
For Anthony Brown, the Hobby-Lobby decision seemed like manna from Heaven ( "Corporations trump people," June 30). Unable to run on Maryland's economy, jobs growth, tax rates, the health exchange rollout, his competence as an executive or the other issues central to this election, Mr. Brown and his special interest defenders are instead trying to frighten women for his own political gain. In his calculation, this is easier than, say, addressing the tens of thousands of women who have lost their jobs during his administration and, along with it, their employer-sponsored health insurance and the family planning and women's health services it covered.
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March 22, 1996
WHO SAID THIS? "I think the president has served the nation in a very ill fashion by saying he's going to veto a very balanced product liability bill. . . Twice when he was governor [of Arkansas] President Clinton voted for uniform standards of product liability. In those days he was a professor of law. I think these days he's become a professor of rather raw politics."Answer: Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, with an 85 percent support record for administration proposals in 1995.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Thomas D. Washburne Sr., a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Ober/Kaler whose specialty was estate planning, died Tuesday of an unknown neurological disorder at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 86. The son of Hempstead Washburne, a lawyer, and Mary Dennehy Washburne, a homemaker, Thomas Dennehy Washburne was born and raised in Lake Forest, Ill. After graduating in 1945 from the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., he earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 from Princeton University. In 1952, he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and came to Baltimore to clerk for Judge William C. Coleman, chief judge of the U.S. District Court.
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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | June 24, 1991
Janelle Cousino, a well-known advocate on consumer issues before the state legislature, has resigned as executive director of the Maryland Citizen Action Coalition to become the executive director of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association.Cousino, 40, has worked for the coalition for the last six years. She represented the group in Annapolis on issues involving insurance, banking, health care, utilities, open government meetings and family leave policies.She also is a member of the Governor's Commission on Insurance, which is studying insurance problems in the state.
NEWS
April 20, 2013
Marta Mossburg's recent column about pit bull legislation ("Pit bull compromise fails, trial lawyers win," April 9) was full of inaccuracies. As a dog lover, and as someone who witnessed the proceedings first hand, I hope you will correct these errors in print. Sen. Brian Frosh has led the effort to craft a rational state policy on dog attacks in the wake of the Court of Appeals decision in the Solesky case. He brokered several compromises, all of which were fair to victims, pet owners and landlords.
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By Howard A. Janet | March 6, 1998
RECENT news accounts have revealed that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- Washington's largest business lobbying group -- and national Republican Party leaders are about to declare war on trial lawyers.An integral part of the chamber's battle plan is a multimillion-dollar, negative advertising blitz. The GOP leadership plans to launch its own attack. According to a reported Republican source, "We'll unleash an attack on the trial lawyers never seen before."Speaker Newt Gingrich has already informed GOP leaders that attacking trial lawyers is a top priority this election year.
NEWS
April 13, 1996
Liability reform is anti-consumer"The Common Sense Products Liability Legal Reform Act of 1996." Don't be fooled by its soothing name. This law will destroy consumer rights for the convenient protection of powerful business interests.In its March 22 editorial The Sun, avoiding all effort to analyze the 70-page Act, summarily announced the proposed legislation "good for America" and necessary to end frivolous product liability suits. It then asserts President Clinton bowed to the power of trial lawyers when he threatened to veto the legislation.
NEWS
September 27, 2012
As a law professor, Donald Gifford surely knows that the courts don't legislate ("Court must fix unfair liability rule," Sept. 25). So why is he advocating for that? To expand the trial lawyers' business, that's why. A motorist who edges his vehicle around downed wires and is electrocuted deserves a Darwin Award, not money that drives up everyone else's utility costs. Sorry, Marylanders are not going to fall down and worship every stupid idea lawyers spout that benefits them instead of ordinary citizens.
NEWS
April 6, 1996
Your March 22 editorial ''Trial lawyers' president'' was grossly unfair.The writer asserts that the president's promise to veto the bill, as passed by the Senate, was purchased by some donations by trial lawyers.Whatever donations he received from them would be minor compared to the lobbying money and campaign donations spent on Congress by the insurance industry and corporations they insure against liability for products or working conditions which might injure or poison people or their environment.
NEWS
August 15, 2013
It becomes very obvious that the defenders of Frederick County's intrepid terrorism of all immigrants (not just undocumented ones) haven't read the Fourth Circuit's reported case of Santos v. Frederick County Board of Commissioners which stated that "lower federal courts have universally - and we think correctly - interpreted Arizona v. United States as precluding local law enforcement officers from arresting individuals solely based on known or...
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a Republican, plans to announce his candidacy for governor at an event Monday, his campaign confirmed today. Craig will be the second candidate and the first Republican to officially launch a gubernatorial bid campaign for the 2014 contest. Both parties will have wide-open primary races for the first time since 1994. Republican Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County plans declare his candidacy for governor on June 5. Craig, 63, plans to have several radio interviews Friday laying out his vision for the state, a campaign aide said.
NEWS
April 20, 2013
Marta Mossburg's recent column about pit bull legislation ("Pit bull compromise fails, trial lawyers win," April 9) was full of inaccuracies. As a dog lover, and as someone who witnessed the proceedings first hand, I hope you will correct these errors in print. Sen. Brian Frosh has led the effort to craft a rational state policy on dog attacks in the wake of the Court of Appeals decision in the Solesky case. He brokered several compromises, all of which were fair to victims, pet owners and landlords.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
Despite the General Assembly's failure last week to pass pit bull legislation, there are still ways Maryland voters and animal lovers can show their support for this and similar breeds, which are being turned in at Maryland animal shelters in increasing numbers ("Pit bull compromise fails, trial lawyers win," April 10). On April 21, the Maryland SPCA will host its annual March for the Animals, the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year. All donations go directly to provide care, shelter, food and medical care for the animals in the group's adoption center, which last year placed more than 3,000 pets in loving homes.
NEWS
April 15, 2013
We appreciate that 100 percent of Maryland legislators voted for a form of the dog bite legislation that would have eliminated breed discrimination, overturned the court ruling that declared pit bulls to be "inherently dangerous," and removed strict liability for landlords. We believe the majority of legislators did this because our testimony and advocacy efforts over the last year helped them understand what it takes to build a safe and humane community for people and their pets. That's what makes it absolutely unacceptable that a compromise could not be found and no bill was passed ("Pit bull compromise fails, trial lawyers win," April 1)
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Marta H. Mossburg | April 9, 2013
People say dogs look like their owners. That may not be true, but they certainly look and act like we want them to, as breeds are a construct of generations of culling for certain aesthetic and other traits, including hunting ability, intelligence and, in some cases, viciousness. Which brings us to pit bulls, considered "inherently dangerous" under Maryland law since a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling. Some of the dogs that fall into that general description are ferocious, because humans designed them to be. But so are a lot of other dogs that, for whatever nature or nurture reason, like to bite people - which is why many urged lawmakers to overturn the decision.
NEWS
July 18, 2004
Medical liability laws should be reformed The selection of Sen. John Edwards as the Democrat vice presidential candidate highlights an issue that needs to be addressed here in Maryland. Edwards is a multimillionaire trial lawyer. Before entering politics, he sued people for a living. Some argue that trial lawyers represent the little guy against the powerful. But how does it help the little guy to drive medical doctors out of business. Where will we take our children when they are sick?
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By Michael Dresser and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 7, 2010
The Maryland Senate voted this morning to raise the minimum liability limits for vehicle owners' auto insurance for the first time in 38 years. The final vote was 27-20, sending the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature. The bill was approved after a stiff fight led by the Senate's Republicans, joined by a handful of Democrats. The measure pitted the state's trial lawyers, and some of their clients, against insurance companies and advocates for the poor -- a point repeatedly made by GOP senators.
EXPLORE
February 7, 2013
At a time when violent crime remains high in Maryland and America's Second Amendment rights are under attack, Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley has continued to advance his radical, liberal agenda by recently arguing for the abolishment of capital punishment in our state. He contends that it is costly and ineffective. Mr. Governor, capital punishment has been ineffective in Maryland because it is seldom ever implemented. The last execution in Maryland occurred back in 2005. Furthermore, it is costly because of the process of appeals and exorbitant trial lawyers.
NEWS
September 27, 2012
As a law professor, Donald Gifford surely knows that the courts don't legislate ("Court must fix unfair liability rule," Sept. 25). So why is he advocating for that? To expand the trial lawyers' business, that's why. A motorist who edges his vehicle around downed wires and is electrocuted deserves a Darwin Award, not money that drives up everyone else's utility costs. Sorry, Marylanders are not going to fall down and worship every stupid idea lawyers spout that benefits them instead of ordinary citizens.
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