September Term, 2021
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Certified Question from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Question: When a first-party, all-risk property insurance policy covers “all risks of physical loss or damage” to insured property from any cause unless excluded, is coverage triggered when a toxic, noxious, or hazardous substance – such as Coronavirus or COVID-19 - that is physically present in the indoor air of that property damages the property or causes loss, either in whole or in part, of the functional use of the property?
To be argued in the September 2022 session of Court.
Counsel for appellant: Deborah B. Baum, Laura Ann Freid-Studlo, Janine M. Stanisz, Scott D. Greenspan, Joseph D. Jean, and Maria T. Galeno
Counsel for appellee: Bryant Steven Green and Craig David Roswell
Certified Question from the Court of Special Appeals
Questions: 1) Did the post-conviction court err by holding that trial counsel had not rendered ineffective assistance by failing to move to compel discoverable impeachment evidence regarding a State's witness [Officer Laronde]? 2) In the alternative, did the post-conviction court err by ruling that the State had not violated its Brady obligations by failing to disclose impeachment evidence regarding a State's witness?
To be argued in the November 2022 session of Court.
Counsel for appellant: Helki Philipsen
Counsel for appellee: Carrie J. Williams
Certified Question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Question: Does the waiver of sovereign immunity for “tort action[s]” in the Maryland Tort Claims Act, Md. Code Ann., State Gov’t § 12-104(a)(1), extend to federal statutory claims, including those where the alleged harm is wrongful termination in retaliation for whistleblowing?
To be argued in the February 2023 session of Court.
Counsel for appellant: Daniel Edward Kenney
Counsel for appellee: Julia Doyle Bernhardt and Brian E. Frosh