After a two-week trial, a federal jury in Baltimore has awarded more than $1 million to a Maryland couple whose insurance carrier refused to pay after their house burned down. Mutual Benefit Insurance Company claimed that the couple falsely inflated the amount of their losses, but the jury found otherwise and ordered the insurer to pay Plaintiffs the sum of $1,023,147. This award was unanimously affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. See http://www.kramerslaw.com/insurance/insurance-claims/federal-appeals-court-affirms-million-dollar-insurance-verdict.
Challenging Slot Machine Ballot
Sep 15, 2008
Ballot Language Modified
Representing citizens concerned about deceptive language in a ballot question authorizing slot machines, Irwin R. Kramer took the State of Maryland to court and forced officials to change the wording. Although the Circuit Court agreed that the ballot language drafted by the Secretary of State was misleading, the three-judge panel only ordered the insertion of one word in an effort to cure this defect. The Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling and the measure was ultimately approved by voters in the November 2008 General Election.
Roofer Exonerated in Construction Defect Trial
Lawsuits & Disputes
Oct 28, 2009
Defense Verdict for Roofing Client
After paying $175,000 to a general contractor for extensive renovations to their Potomac, Maryland home, the homeowners experienced leaks and significant mold damage which required the replacement of the roofing system over a large portion of the home. Faced with a sizable lawsuit, the general contractor, Kandel Construction Group, attempted to shift the blame to its roofing subcontractor, represented by Mr. Cleaver and Kramer & Connolly.
To combat claims that the roof was improperly installed and did not allow for proper venting, defense counsel launched extensive discovery efforts to uncover evidence that his roofing client acted in accordance with all applicable codes and with the proper standard of care within the insurance industry. At the conclusion of this discovery, the general contractor paid a significant sum to settle with the homeowners and permitted the homeowners to try the case against the roofer alone.
Following a three-day trial, the Court entered a verdict in favor of the roofer and found that the general contractor was really to blame for any damage to the home.
Child Molester Found Liable to Victims
Mar 17, 2015
$7.66 Million Verdict
Plaintiffs were all in their early teens when they were
molested by Defendant Randall Fergus Hutton, who was convicted of molestation charges for sexual abuse of the children who were aged 13 and 14 at the time. Two of the children worked at defendant's farm, the young boy as a farm hand along with his sister and another female teen. Hutton was sentenced to 65 years in prison for his actions. Plaintiffs filed suit against Hutton for sexual assault and molestation, seeking compensatory and punitive
Defendant did not appear for trial.