Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Section 10-410

Article - Courts and Judicial Proceedings

§ 10-410.

      (a)      Any person whose wire, oral, or electronic communication is intercepted, disclosed, or used in violation of this subtitle shall have a civil cause of action against any person who intercepts, discloses, or uses, or procures any other person to intercept, disclose, or use the communications, and be entitled to recover from any person:

            (1)      Actual damages but not less than liquidated damages computed at the rate of $100 a day for each day of violation or $1,000, whichever is higher;

            (2)      Punitive damages; and

            (3)      A reasonable attorney's fee and other litigation costs reasonably incurred.

      (b)      A good faith reliance on a court order or legislative authorization shall constitute a complete defense to any civil or criminal action brought under this subtitle or under any other law.