Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Section 6-311

Article - Courts and Judicial Proceedings

§ 6-311.

      (a)      In this section, "person" has the meaning stated in Rule 1-202 of the Maryland Rules.

      (b)      (1)      This section applies to an action against a person who had applicable insurance coverage under an insurance policy or self-insurance plan at the time the alleged liability that is the subject of the action was incurred.

            (2)      Subject to paragraph (1) of this subsection, this section applies to a person who is a defendant subject to a complaint, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party complaint.

      (c)      (1)      Subject to subsections (d) and (e) of this section, on written request of a party to the action, an insurer or a person that has a self-insurance plan shall provide to the party the defendant's last known home and business address if known.

            (2)      An insurer or a person that has a self-insurance plan, and their employees and agents, may not be civilly or criminally liable for the disclosure of information required under this subsection.

      (d)      Subsection (c)(1) of this section applies only if the plaintiff files a certification that:

            (1)      States that the defendant had applicable insurance coverage at the time the alleged liability was incurred;

            (2)      Sets forth in detail the reasonable efforts made, in good faith, by the plaintiff to locate the defendant; and

            (3)      States that the defendant is evading service of process or the whereabouts of the defendant are unknown to the plaintiff.

      (e)      A plaintiff shall file a certification described under subsection (d) of this section with the clerk of the court in which the case is filed and serve the certification on the insurer or the person that has the self-insurance plan, as provided in the Maryland Rules.

      (f)      A defendant who is subject to the provisions of this section is deemed to have consented to the disclosure of the information described in this section.