Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Baltimore County Jury Returns Favorable Verdict for Defendant

           On May 3-4, 2011, RSRM Associate, Andrew Nichols, tried a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  The Defendant had previously filed a Motion to Dismiss, or in the Alternative, Motion for Partial Summary Judgment.  The defense argued that the Plaintiffs’ cause of action for alleged intentional conduct was not a recognized cause of action in Maryland.  The Court reserved argument on the Motion until the first day of trial and, after hearing arguments, granted the Defendant’s Motion.  The defense stipulated to liability and filed a Motion in Limine with the Court to limit the scope of Plaintiffs’ witnesses’ testimony.  The Court granted this Motion as well and the trial proceeded forward on damages only. 

           In his closing arguments to the jury, Plaintiffs’ counsel requested $250,000.00 and $75,000.00 respectively for each Plaintiff.  After nearly two hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict, awarding each Plaintiff $5,000.00.

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