Pennington v. Hildebrandt

October 2016 Andrew W. Gaudreau secured a defense verdict on behalf of the insured in a negligence action involving a car accident on Interstate 295. Following the presentation of the Defendant’s case, the Court found that the plaintiff failed to satisfy her burden of proof.  Pennington v. Hildebrandt, District Court for Baltimore County, Case No. 08-04-0005138-2016.continue reading →

Seeberger v. Superior Management, Inc.

November 2016 Michael W. Fox obtained a verdict in favor of the defendant restaurant operator in an action where the plaintiff alleged injuries caused by a slip and fall in a restaurant parking lot. Seeberger v. Superior Management, Inc., District Court for Prince George’s County, Case No. 05-02-0005138-2016.continue reading →

Burks v. Coons

January 2017 Jeanie S. Ismay successfully obtained a defense verdict for her client in a three-day trial before Judge Judith Ensor in the Baltimore County Circuit Court. The plaintiff, a pedestrian, was struck by the defendant, who was driving her vehicle at night on Route 40 in Catonsville. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant driver was negligent in failing to avoid striking and injuring the plaintiff, who was jaywalking. At trial, the plaintiff called a medical doctor who testified to the injuries allegedly sustained as a result of the accident. The defense argued…continue reading →

Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Washrite, Inc., et al.

March 2017 Steven E. Leder and Rebecca H. Bossle obtained a summary judgment decision for Nationwide Insurance in a coverage case arising from a motor vehicle incident.  The key issue was whether the at-fault driver was an employee or independent contractor of Nationwide’s insured.  The Court agreed with Nationwide that the driver was an employee; thus, a step-down limit of $30,000 instead of $1 million applied. Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Washrite, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-01083-JMC.continue reading →

West v. Rauf A & Sons, Inc.

April 2017 Andrew W. Gaudreau obtained a defense verdict in a negligence action where the plaintiff alleged that he tripped and fell at a gas station as a result of uneven concrete during a repaving project. The Court determined that there was insufficient evidence of negligence on behalf of the insured. West v. Rauf A & Sons, Inc., District Court for Baltimore County, Case No. 08-04-0011504-2016.continue reading →

Green v. Aarsand Management, LLC

April 2017 Andrew W. Gaudreau secured a verdict in favor of the defendant insured in a negligence action involving the allegation that the plaintiff slipped and fell at a gas station as a result of a cracked curb and a patch of oil. The Court concluded that the plaintiff failed to satisfy his burden of establishing the defendant’s negligence by a preponderance of the evidence, and even if there was evidence of primary negligence, the plaintiff would have been contributorily negligent – thus barring his claims. Green v. Aarsand Management, LLC, District Court…continue reading →