Wednesday, July 27, 2005

MD Predatory Lending Law

As reported in this article, the Maryland Federal Court recently determined that national banks are exempt from particular Maryland predatory lending laws. Specifically, the case deals with the applicability of Commercial Law Article 12-105(b)(4) to national banks. You may also want to see this Attorney General Opinion.

Friday, July 22, 2005


Remember that when you're doing UCC work, when MD implemented the UCC in the Commercial Law Article of the MD Code, they did so using the same numbering system used in the UCC. As a result, if you know the section in the UCC, you can use that same section number to find the place in the Commercial Law Article, and the other way around. As an example, Section 3-207 entitled "Reaquisition" of the Commercial Law Article is the same section, 3-207 in the UCC itself.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Government Contracts

Remember the Halliburton issue? In that case, questions were raised when the award of US government contracts appeared to go to particular contractors. If you're interested in this issue, take a look at State Finance and Procurement article of the MD Code at 13-107. The comparable federal statute is 41 USC 253.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Maryland Historical Documents

The Avalon Project, a project from Yale Law School which seeks to place historically significant legal documents online, publishes three documents relating to Maryland: The 1632 Charter of Maryland, The Constitution of Maryland, 1776, and Amendments To the Constitution of Maryland, 1776.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Maryland Lemon Law

I think I purchased a lemon. Now what? Take a look at the following. Autopedia publishes a site on lemon law in all 50 states (in bright lemon color, no less), including a number of pages on Maryland lemon law. One page includes the Maryland lemon law statute itself, while another provides a guide for consumers. The Attorney General's office also publishes "Your Rights Under Maryland's Lemon Law," and the MVA publishes a resource entitled "Maryland's Lemon Law."

Friday, July 01, 2005

Maryland Workforce Information

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation provides this overview of different industry clusters in MD. The page includes 8 industry clusters, providing workforce numbers for the state and county level, average wages, and other info.