Successful Opinion from Maryland’s Highest Court

Jim Love is representing a family whose confidential medical information was illegally posted on the website maintained by the Maryland Board of Physicians. The family represented by Mr. Love sued the Board, the Board members and staff alleging a common law privacy tort and civil rights violations under 28 U.S.C. § 1983. After winning several motions for discovery sanctions, Mr. Love was successful in convincing the Maryland Circuit Court to impose a default judgment against the defendants on the issue of liability. As a result of the default judgment ruling, the defendants filed an interlocutory appeal and a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Maryland Court of Appeals (Maryland’s Supreme Court). Titus Hillis appeared before the Maryland Court of Appeals to defend the default judgment ruling and argue against the Board’s claim of absolute immunity. On January 23, 2017, Maryland’s Highest Court issued a favorable Opinion affirming the Maryland Circuit Court’s default judgment ruling, denying the defendants’ request for a finding of absolute immunity, and denying their request for a protective order covering pending discovery requests. The matter has been remanded to the Circuit Court for further proceedings.

James M. Love frequently represents physicians, dentists, and nurses before state disciplinary boards. He also has extensive experience representing clients at all levels of state and federal courts of appeal. Mr. Love can be reached at 918-587-6800 or

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