Pit Bull Liability

gavelDear Friends & Neighbors,

On April 26, 2012 the Court of Appeals of Maryland passed legislation imposing a Strict Liability Standard which establishes that, at first bite:

1.  Owners are liable if the Plaintiff can provide proof that the dog involved in the attack was a pit bull or mixed pit bull.

2.  Landlords also can be held liable if the Plaintiff can prove that the dog involved in the attack was a pit bull or mixed-breed pit bull and that the Landlord had knowledge the tenant owned a pit bull or mixed-breed pit bull.

On August 21, 2012, the Maryland Court of Appeals modified its decision to apply only to Pure-Bred (rather than cross-bred or mixed breed) Pit Bulls.

There was some discussion that in the 2013 Legislature, legislation would be passed to modify or eliminate the law. The legislature recently ended without any new legislation. Therefore the law still stands as written and modified in 2012. Owners and Landlords can be held strictly liable for pit bull bites.

Make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy is up to date.

Regards,

John

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