Maryland Court of Appeals Decisions 2022

Attorney Grievance v. Tingwei
Date: September 26, 2022
Docket Number: 14ag/22
Attorney Grievance v. Caplan
Date: September 13, 2022
Docket Number: 9ag/22
Ahmad v. Ahmad & Ahmad Rev. Trust
Date: September 8, 2022
Docket Number: 2pc/22
In re 2022 Legislative Districting  
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: 21mo/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals denied Petitioners' exceptions to the special magistrate's recommendation that their challenges to the most recent districting plan adopted by the General Assembly be rejected, holding that…

Becker v. Falls Road Comm. Ass'n
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: 24/21
Richardson v. State  
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: 46/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the decision of the circuit court denying Defendant's motion to suppress the fruits of the warrantless search of his backpack and the…

CX Reinsurance Co. v. Johnson  
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: 47/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that an injured tort claimant's rights under a general liability insurance policy do not vest until the claimant has obtained a judgment against, or entered into a qualifying settlement with, an…

Becker v. Falls Road Community Ass'n  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: 24/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Appeals of Baltimore County erred in reversing an administrative law judge's determination that substantial changes existed between an original development plan and a later…

Malvo v. State  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: 29/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that ambiguity in a sentencing court's remarks about a juvenile offender's post-offense conduct and character, when made before the Supreme Court issued its decisions governing the sentencing of…

Jedlicka v. State  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: 30/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that Appellant's sentencing…

Farmer v. State  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: 31/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court denying Petitioner's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that Petitioner's claim did not…

Gross v. State  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: 32/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals ruling that it was error to admit a video recording in the underlying criminal trial but the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt,…

Gambrill v. Bd. of Education of Dorchester County  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: 34/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the decision of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants in this case involving violent peer conflicts…

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc. v. CREG Westport I, LLC  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: 53/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that the Forest Conservation Act of 1991 (the Act) and regulations promulgated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) required a right to appeal the approval of a forest…

Smith v. State  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: 61/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals vacated Defendant's convictions for second-degree assault and second-degree child abuse by a custodian, holding that Defendant, an Afrian American man, was prejudiced by the fact that the Sheriff's…

Frankel v. Deane  
Date: August 25, 2022
Docket Number: 43/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals vacated the judgment of the court of special appeals reversing the decision of the trial court granting summary judgment to Defendants in this professional malpractice action, holding that the…

Spiegel v. Board of Education of Howard County  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: 18/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Petitioner's complaint seeking an injunction and declaratory relief to enjoin a student member on the Board of Education of Howard County from…

State v. Bustillo  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: 56/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the court of special appeals reversing Defendant's sentence on the ground that the district court's failure to advise Defendant of the duration of his probation, as required…

State v. Jordan  
Date: August 15, 2022
Docket Number: 23/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the court of special appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of one count of second-degree assault, holding that it was harmless error to fail to propound a voir dire…

Smith v. State  
Date: August 15, 2022
Docket Number: 26/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court denying Petitioner's petition for a writ of error coram nobis, holding that the circuit court did not…

Spevak v. Montgomery County  
Date: August 15, 2022
Docket Number: 44/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming the circuit court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Montgomery County in this workers' compensation case, holding that there was…

Administrative Office of the Courts v. Abell Foundation  
Date: August 15, 2022
Docket Number: 48/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals agreed with the conclusions of the circuit court and the court of appeals that the record containing the "code key" assigning each judge a code for purposes of access to information about court…

Hancock v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore  
Date: August 15, 2022
Docket Number: 57/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court granting Defendants' respective motions to dismiss the underlying survivorship and wrongful death…

Attorney Grievance v. White
Date: August 12, 2022
Docket Number: 7ag/21
Macedo v. Automobile Insurance Co.  
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: 52/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the circuit court ruling that a household exclusion in umbrella policy issued by The Travelers Indemnity Company (TIC) was valid and enforceable, holding that the circuit…

Rainey v. State  
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: 54/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder and related gun offenses, holding that it was not reversible error for a circuit court to…

Huggins v. State  
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: 59/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals vacated the judgment of the court of special appeals concluding that Appellant had waived his right to appeal the denial of his motion to suppress, holding that Appellant did not waive his right to…

Garcia v. State  
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: 62/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals ruling that it is possible for an accessory before the fact to aid, on impulse and without premeditation, another in the commission of a homicide…

Nagle & Zaller, P.C. v. Delegall  
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: 6m/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that a law firm that engages in debt collection activities on behalf of a client, including the preparation of a promissory note containing a confessed judgment clause and filing of a confessed…

Attorney Grievance v. Rosenberg
Date: August 10, 2022
Docket Number: 100ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Mitchell
Date: August 10, 2022
Docket Number: 97ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Hausmann
Date: August 10, 2022
Docket Number: 99ag/21
Town of Upper Marlboro v. Prince George's County Council  
Date: August 1, 2022
Docket Number: 55/21

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action challenging a proposed amendment that would remove two schoolhouses from a county list of historically protected sites the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming…

Assanah-Carroll v. Law Offices of Maher  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 11m/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that when a landlord attempts to collect unpaid rent from a tenant during a period when the landlord was unlicensed a tenant may have a claim under the Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act…

Aleti v. Metropolitan Baltimore, LLC  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 39/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that Baltimore City Council's enactment of a local law did not create a private right of action for Baltimore City tenants to recoup rent payments and related fees they paid in connection with…

Williams v. Dimensions Health Corp.  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 42/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the circuit court granting the motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict filed by Prince George's Hospital Center of Dimensions Health Corporation (Hospital) after the…

Administrative Office of the Courts v. Abell Foundation  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 48/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the conclusions of the circuit court and court of special appeals that the "code key that matches alphanumeric codes in Case Search to the judges on the District Court in Baltimore City" was…

In re T.K.  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 60/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the circuit court's award of custody of T.K. under Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. 3-819(e) to a previously non-custodial father, holding that…

Attorney Grievance v. Maiden
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 72ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Proctor
Date: July 26, 2022
Docket Number: 1ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Proctor
Date: July 25, 2022
Docket Number: 1ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Harmon
Date: July 22, 2022
Docket Number: 7ag/22
Reinstatement of Blevins
Date: July 22, 2022
Docket Number: 81ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Greene
Date: July 22, 2022
Docket Number: 96ag/21
Wadsworth v. Sharma
Date: July 18, 2022
Docket Number: 40/21
Wadsworth v. Sharma  
Date: July 15, 2022
Docket Number: 40/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants in this wrongful death action, holding that the…

Amaya v. DGS Construction, LLC  
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: 14/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that the trial courts in these two labor and employment cases erred in granting summary judgment at the conclusion of the workers' evidence at trial because genuine issues of material fact…

Charter for Prince George's County v. Thurston  
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: 63/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that article III, section 305 of the Charter for Prince George's County establishes the procedures for decennial redistricting of councilmanic districts and requires the Prince George's County…

Thornton Mellon LLC v. Frederick County Sheriff  
Date: July 12, 2022
Docket Number: 51/21

Justia Opinion Summary: In these actions brought by tax sale buyers for declaratory and injunctive relief alleging that Maryland sheriffs exceeded their express and implied authority by adopting policies concerning how to execute writs of…

Anne Arundel County v. 808 Bestgate Realty, LLC  
Date: July 7, 2022
Docket Number: 38/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of special appeals denying a motion for reconsideration of the circuit court's judgment reversing the decision of the County Board of…

Attorney Grievance v. Ravenell
Date: July 7, 2022
Docket Number: 53ag/21
Huggins v. State  
Date: July 7, 2022
Docket Number: 59/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals vacated the judgment of the court of special appeals concluding that Defendant had waived his right to appeal the denial of his suppression motion, holding that Defendant did not waive his right to…

State v. Galicia  
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 5/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the court of special appeals reversing Defendant's conviction for various crimes related to the murders of two high school seniors, holding that the court of special appeals…

State v. Matthews
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: 15/21
State v. Matthews  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 15/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the court of special appeals reversing Defendant's conviction for murder and related charges on the grounds that the trial court erred in admitting certain expert testimony,…

In re D.D.  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 27/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the court of special appeals reversing the judgment of the circuit court, sitting as the juvenile court, denying D.D.'s motion to suppress evidence of a loaded gun found by…

Reinstatement of Pavlick
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 39ago/21
Attorney Grievance v. Wemple
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 69ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Saponaro
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 72ag/21
Reinstatement of Shedlick
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 91ag/21
Harris v. State  
Date: June 8, 2022
Docket Number: 45/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming Defendant's convictions for first-degree felony murder, first-degree burglary, and the theft of a Jeep, holding that Defendant was not…

Attorney Grievance v. White
Date: June 6, 2022
Docket Number: 7agpc/21
Attorney Grievance v. Discavage
Date: June 2, 2022
Docket Number: 35ag/21
Small MS4 Coalition v. Department of Environment  
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: 25/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decisions of the lower courts affirming a general permit that the Maryland Department of the Environment issued for operators of thirty-five small municipal separate storm sewer systems…

Attorney Grievance v. Ekekwe
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: 53ag/20
Irwin Industrial Tool v. Pifer  
Date: May 31, 2022
Docket Number: 49/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Irwin Industrial Tool Company in this wrongful death and product liability…

Attorney Grievance v. Silbiger
Date: May 26, 2022
Docket Number: 57ag/20
Lyles v. Santander Consumer USA Inc.  
Date: May 13, 2022
Docket Number: 3m/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals answered a certified question of law by holding that Md. Code Comm. Law (CL) 12-1018(b) requires a credit grantor that is found to have knowingly violated Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions…

Attorney Grievance v. Maiden
Date: May 11, 2022
Docket Number: 72agpc/20
Attorney Grievance v. Sayadian
Date: May 10, 2022
Docket Number: 4ag/21
Madison v. CopyCat Building
Date: May 10, 2022
Docket Number: 58pc/21
Attorney Grievance v. Moshman
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: 84ag/21
Howling v. State  
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 35/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals, which affirmed Defendants' convictions of possessing a firearm, holding that the State provided sufficient evidence to establish that Defendants…

Murphy v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 5m/21
Mayor & City of Baltimore v. Thornton Mellon, LLC  
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 6/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that the circuit court did not err in ordering the City of Balitmore to execute a tax sale deed conveying legal title to the property to Ty Webb, LLC, the assignee of Thorton Mellon, LLC, the…

State v. Rodgers
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 67pc/21
Murphy v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: April 27, 2022
Docket Number: 5m/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals answered a certified question of law by concluding that the then-Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbara of the Court of Appeals acted within her authority and consistently with the Maryland Constitution when…

Thornton Mellon LLC v. Adrianne Dennis Exempt Trust  
Date: April 25, 2022
Docket Number: 28/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that a determination of whether to order reimbursement of attorney's fees under Md. Code Ann., Tax-Property (TP) 14-843(a)(4)(i) after a complaint has been filed is discretionary and that a…

Dickson v. United States  
Date: April 25, 2022
Docket Number: 7m/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that, under Maryland law, an individual cannot be convicted of robbery by means of threatening force against property or threatening to accuse the victim of having committed sodomy. Defendant…

Attorney Grievance v. Haar
Date: April 22, 2022
Docket Number: 83ag/21
2022 Legislative Districting of the State
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21m/21
Mee v. Peterson
Date: April 12, 2022
Docket Number: 50pc/21
Broadway Services v. Comptroller  
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 19/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the tax court reversing the decision of the Comptroller of Maryland denying Broadway Services Inc.'s request for an offset and refund of the taxes it paid to cleaning supply…

Reinstatement of Schaub
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 67ag/21
Williams v. State  
Date: March 25, 2022
Docket Number: 37/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed Defendant's conviction of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm, holding that Defendant's contentions on appeal were unavailing. After a trial, the jury found Defendant guilty of…

Dejarnette v. State  
Date: March 25, 2022
Docket Number: 41/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of driving under the influence of alcohol per se and driving while impaired by…

Park Plus v. Palisades of Towson, LLC  
Date: March 25, 2022
Docket Number: 7/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the decision of the circuit court ordering the parties to arbitrate their dispute, holding that the lower courts did not err. The…

Pabst Brewing Co. v. Frederick P. Winner, Ltd.  
Date: March 25, 2022
Docket Number: 8/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals reversing the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment to Pabst Brewing Company (Pabst) and dismissing this breach of contract…

Johnson v. State  
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: 11/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that a defendant's right to a unanimous jury verdict is violated when the State presents evidence of multiple incidents at trial to prove a single charged count in the absence of an election…

Lopez-Villa v. State  
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: 22/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals finding that Petitioner waived his objections to the trial court's denial of his proposed voir dire questions, holding that Petitioner failed to…

Attorney Grievance v. Corcoran
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: 11ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Proctor
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: 1agpc/20
Attorney Grievance v. O'Neill
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: 41ag/20
Prince George's Cnty. v. Thurston
Date: March 7, 2022
Docket Number: 63pc/21
Attorney Grievance v. Ficker
Date: March 3, 2022
Docket Number: 17ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Bonner
Date: March 3, 2022
Docket Number: 51ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Kochhar
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 52ag/21
Reinstatement of Keating
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 59ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Fellner
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 5ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. McLean
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 64ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Collins
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 6ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Dunwiddie
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 65ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Craddock
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 66ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Moody
Date: February 18, 2022
Docket Number: 10ag/21
Reinstatement of Walker-Turner
Date: February 18, 2022
Docket Number: 60ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Praley
Date: February 18, 2022
Docket Number: 8ag/21
Westfield Insurance Co. v. Gilliam  
Date: February 8, 2022
Docket Number: 4m/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that only the amount that a workers' compensation insurer actually pays for medical expenses is part of the statutory offset against underinsured motorist benefits. Michael Gilliam was injured…

In re S.F.  
Date: February 3, 2022
Docket Number: 10/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the juvenile court ordering S.F. to attend school regularly without any suspensions as a condition of probation,…

Koushall v. State  
Date: February 3, 2022
Docket Number: 13/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of second-degree assault and misconduct in office, holding that there was no…

Attorney Grievance v. Robinson
Date: February 1, 2022
Docket Number: 58ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Malone
Date: January 31, 2022
Docket Number: 47ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Jackson
Date: January 31, 2022
Docket Number: 9ag/20
Beckwitt v. State  
Date: January 28, 2022
Docket Number: 16/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for gross negligence involuntary manslaughter but reversing his conviction for depraved heart murder, holding…

Attorney Grievance v. Worthington
Date: January 27, 2022
Docket Number: 56ag/21
Reinstatement of Singh
Date: January 14, 2022
Docket Number: 103ag/20
Reinstatement of Pavlick
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: 39ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Jones
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: 51ag/21
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