Hope for Unlicensed Contractors?

Judge Michelle Hotten’s well-reasoned but unpublished opinion in the case of Glen Valley Builders v. Whang may finally offer hope for exploited unlicensed contractors. The Court of Special Appeals Judge recently authored an opinion for a three judge panel in a case where an unlicensed contractor sought to be paid for home improvement work guaranteed by a licensed new home builder. The facts of the […]

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Expert Qualified to Testify Despite Lack of Hands-on Experience

In the recent case of Roy v. Dackman, the Maryland Court of Appeals determined that a pediatrician was competent to testify as to the cause of lead poisoning even though he admitted that he had no direct hands-on experience with treating lead poisoning patients. The court stated, as a general proposition, in order to qualify as an expert, the witness need not possess special knowledge […]

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