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Civil Liability

Our policy focus on civil liability issues affecting Maryland businesses

Our focus: Civil Liability

We believe the civil law system should not punish lawful commerce. Issues related to tort reform and civil liability are of interest, including opposing efforts to expand exposure to liability and damages that weaken businesses’ defenses.  

Key Issues Include

  • Non-economic damages
  • Contributory negligence
  • Punitive damages

Related Policy Priorities & Anticipated Issues for 2024

  • Non-Economic Damages: The Chamber opposes any erosion or repeal of caps on non-economic damages that would produce consequences for liability insurance premiums or liability exposure for businesses.
  • Punitive Damages: The Chamber opposes any change to Maryland’s current standard for the award of punitive damages, especially a change that could increase the cost of doing business in the state.

All 2024 Legislative Priorities & Critical Issues

Get an in-depth look at the pressing issues and legislative priorities we've identified for the 2024 Legislative Session.

Get involved

Join our Civil Liability Policy Committee

Our Civil Liability policy committee overs all issues related to tort reform and civil liability of businesses, including opposing efforts to expand exposure to liability and damages (including punitive and non-economic damages) and weaken defenses available to businesses. This committee meets during the Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session as needed.  Meetings are held remotely via video conferencing.

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Legislative Tracking

Stay up to date with our members-only Bill Tracker during session. Get concise bill summaries, anticipated positions, and more. Our 2024 Bill Tracker will be available soon after the start of the 2024 Legislative Session.