Md. High Court Says Landlords Liable For Lead Poisoning

Law360, New York (October 24, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT) -- Maryland's highest court unanimously struck down a state law Monday that granted immunity to landlords from all liability in lead-based toxic exposure suits if they registered their properties with the Maryland Department of the Environment and informed tenants of the presence of lead.

In a 7-0 decision, Maryland's Court of Appeal ruled that the provisions of the 1994 Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act that shielded landlords from personal injury suits after children or pregnant women ingested lead-based paint unconstitutionally violated Article 19 of Maryland...
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