Maryland's legislature adjourned last night, having generally passed on civil justice-related legislation during the session. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce summarizes:
Civil Liability: The 22 civil liability bills that the Chamber took positions on were put down in order. While we had favored a few short-lived tort reform bills, veteran proposals on false health claims, market share liability for lead paint and increased economic damages for wrongful death were all left stranded.
Especially welcome is the defeat of HB 1156, a market share liability bill limited to Baltimore: "Requiring specified manufacturers of lead pigment to reimburse specified persons for damages caused by lead-based paint in residential buildings in Baltimore City; establishing the types of damages caused by the presence of lead-based paint in residential buildings in Baltimore City for which manufacturers of lead pigment are liable to specified persons; creating the Lead Paint Restitution Fund; etc." More from the Chamber on the bill.