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Settlement Reached for Displaced Family After Mercury Cleanup

A family recently prevailed on summary judgment in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The family was displaced from its home for seven months because of a mercury spill. The summary judgment precipitated a favorable settlement for the family’s expenses and hardship during the cleanup of its home.  

The family hired a plumbing company in September 2012 to remove old heating equipment. The company sent unlicensed plumbers to perform the work who spilled and tracked mercury released from the heating equipment throughout the property. When the plumbing company and its insurance carrier refused to clean up the property or compensate the family, plaintiff brought suit under several causes of action.

Plaintiff successfully argued that the plumbers violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, and also succeeded in keeping a fraud claim and demand for punitive damages as part of the case. The Firm’s victory on cross-motions for summary judgment preceded the favorable settlement of the case that resulted in a judgment and monetary payment to Plaintiffs. Meanwhile, a governmental emergency cleanup enabled the family to return to their home.

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Pamela D. Marks Environmental Litigation Attorney Beveridge & Diamond Baltimore, MD

Pam helps her clients tackle water, waste, and historic contamination regulatory issues and litigation.

Pam offers her clients the experience and judgment from decades of environmental counseling and litigation. She currently co-leads the firm-wide Environmental Practice Group, and formerly has managed Beveridge & Diamond's Baltimore office and led the firm’s Contaminated Properties practice.

Pam focuses her practice on solid and hazardous waste management, contaminated property remediation, water discharges, chemicals regulation, and project...