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Practice Area ; Federal Preemption

Williams v. McDonnell Douglas

Lawsuit on behalf of a flight attendant who suffered serious permanent injuries from breathing toxic “bleed air” — engine oil fumes emitted from a defectively designed aircraft. Defendants McDonnell Douglas and Boeing moved for summary judgment on the grounds that plaintiffs Terry and Gary Williams’s…

Wells v. Chevy Chase Bank

Consumer class action against Chevy Chase Bank for monetary damages resulting from its breaches of a cardholder agreement that governed the terms and conditions of Visa and MasterCard credit card accounts with consumers. After years of issuing credit card agreements that promised that cardholders’ annual…

Sweeney v. Savings First Mortgage, LLC

Lawsuit to hold mortgage brokers accountable for violations of state law and challenging defendant’s federal preemption defense. On August 6, 2005, Maryland’s high court held 7-0 that the federal Depository Institutions and Deregulation Monetary Control Act of 1980 does not preempt Maryland’s Finder’s Fee Law,…

Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine

Federal preemption appeal on behalf of man whose wife was killed when she was repeatedly struck by an unguarded boat propeller. Public Justice’s legal team included Leslie Brueckner, lead counsel; Arthur Bryant and former Public Justice attorney Michael Quirk, co-counsel; and Joseph A. Power, Jr.,…

Singh v. Prudential Health

Part of a set of cases against HMOs in Maryland charging that the HMOs violated Maryland law by practicing subrogation. The legal team includes Kieron Quinn of Quinn, Gordon and Wolf; Rob Jenner of Freeman and Jenner; Bruce Plaxen of Plaxen and Adler; Bryant Welch,…

Priester v. Ford Motor Company

Public Justice is lead appellate counsel in this lawsuit against Ford alleging that a passenger truck was unreasonably dangerous because its side windows were made of tempered glass, which shatters on impact, rather than laminated glass, which holds together in the event of a crash,…

O’Hara v. General Motors Corp.

In O’Hara v. General Motors, the court held — as Public Justice’s amicus brief urged — that Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205, a regulation that gives car makers the option of using either advanced glazing or tempered glass in car side windows, is a…

Harvey v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Part of a set of cases against HMOs in Maryland charges that the HMOs violated Maryland law by practicing subrogation. Part of a set of cases against HMOs in Maryland charging that the HMOs violated Maryland law by practicing subrogation. In the state courts, after…