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Cases to Note
Virginia Supreme Court Defines "Getting Out Of" a Vehicle in Context of UM/UIM Insurance Coverage

Last week, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an opinion in Bratton v. Selective Insurance Company of America, No. 141358, in which the court defined what the phrase "getting out of a vehicle" means in the context of an auto insurance policy.

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Samuel Wolf, Associate Attorney at Saunders & Schmieler
Woman Cannot Turn Property Into Church

In Baltimore County, a property owner's proposal to turn her house into a church was denied. The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland found she was not entitled to an exception from the Residential Transition Area (RTA) zoning regulations because the property did not minimally comply with requirements and would not have been compatible with the character or general welfare of the surrounding homes
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Ware v. People's Counsel for Baltimore County, No. 1008, Sept. Term, 2014., 2015 Md. App. LEXIS 87
Failure to Refund Claim Results in Commission's Loss of Authority on Case

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) had 180 days to decide whether or not to refund a claim filed by French industrial company LaFarge North America. It failed to decide within the time frame and thus the claim was deemed denied under the applicable provision of the Public Utilities Article. The reviewing court was authorized to reverse the decision of the WSSC and remand the case to the WSSC with directions to calculate and issue the appropriate refund, thus foreclosing the agency's ability to consider anew on remand the potential for denial of the refund request.

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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission v. Lafarge North America, Inc., No. 69, Sept. Term, 443 Md. 2652014.

Firm Updates

Saunders & Schmieler to host a special topic presentation series entitled Take Charge, Columbia! for all individuals, families, and businesses both small and large in the Columbia area. Presentation topics will include legal audits, wills, contractual liability, and more. Our expert attorneys will offer their expertise and advice on these topics.

The events are FREE and will be held at our office in Columbia as well as at local establishments. The schedule of events will be released this month.

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Bridgette Barnett
Saunders & Schmieler Law Offices
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