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3) Civil Liability - Damages

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Last session, the General Assembly introduced several pieces of civil liability-related legislation. These bills were intended to change Maryland’s current standard for punitive damages as set forth by the Maryland Court of Appeals nearly 25 years ago in Owens-Illinois v. Zenobia. Other proposed legislation would have removed the monetary cap on noneconomic (pain and suffering) damages for malpractice for personal injury or death. If passed, such legislation would profoundly alter historic legal dicta and create precarious legislative policy and legal precedent.