Certified Questions of Law Currently Before the Court of Appeals

September Term, 2021

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Tapestry, Inc. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Company - Misc. No. 1, September Term, 2022

Certified Question from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Question: When a first-party, all-risk property insurance policy covers “all risks of physical loss or damage” to insured property from any cause unless excluded, is coverage triggered when a toxic, noxious, or hazardous substance – such as Coronavirus or COVID-19 - that is physically present in the indoor air of that property damages the property or causes loss, either in whole or in part, of the functional use of the property?

To be argued in the September 2022 session of Court.

Counsel for appellant: Deborah B. Baum, Laura Ann Freid-Studlo, Janine M. Stanisz, Scott D. Greenspan, Joseph D. Jean, and Maria T. Galeno
Counsel for appellee: Bryant Steven Green and Craig David Roswell

 

William Samuel Blake v. State of Maryland - Misc. No. 2, September Term, 2022

Certified Question from the Court of Special Appeals

Questions: 1) Did the post-conviction court err by holding that trial counsel had not rendered ineffective assistance by failing to move to compel discoverable impeachment evidence regarding a State's witness [Officer Laronde]? 2) In the alternative, did the post-conviction court err by ruling that the State had not violated its Brady obligations by failing to disclose impeachment evidence regarding a State's witness?

To be argued in the November 2022 session of Court.

Counsel for appellant: Helki Philipsen
Counsel for appellee: Carrie J. Williams