Justia Civil Procedure Opinion Summaries

Articles Posted in Maryland Supreme Court
The Supreme Court held that the Maryland Tort Claims Act's (MTCA), Md. Code Ann. State Gov't (SG) 12-104(a)(1), waiver of sovereign immunity as to a "tort action" does not extend to federal statutory claims.Plaintiff brought this action against Defendants, her former employer and supervisor, regarding her termination from Morgan State University (MSU). Because Plaintiff included claims of retaliation in violation of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), 41 U.S.C. 4712, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA), Pub. L. No. 11-5, 1553 Defendants removed the suit to federal district court. The district court dismissed the action with prejudice. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated the district court's order and remanded the matter with directions to address whether Maryland has waived state sovereign immunity against federal whistleblower claims by enacting the MTCA. The district court answered the question in the negative. The Supreme Court answered an ensuing certified question by holding that "a tort action" under the MTCA does not include federal statutory claims. View "Williams v. Morgan State University" on Justia Law