Negligent Plaintiffs Can't Collect Damages Under Md. Bill

Law360, New York (February 8, 2013, 4:26 PM EST) -- A Maryland state lawmaker introduced a bill Friday that would ensure plaintiffs could not collect damages in a lawsuit if their own negligence was even slightly to blame for an injury, a long-held doctrine the state's highest court has been asked to overturn.

The legislation, known as the Maryland Contributory Negligence Act, would keep in place the doctrine of contributory negligence. Maryland is one of only four states, along with the District of Columbia, that adheres absolutely to contributory negligence, holding it can be raised as...
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