A recent ruling by a state appeals court has dog bite victims celebrating and pit bull owners and others growling. The Maryland Court of Appeals decision declares pit bulls an "inherently dangerous" breed and says that owners of pit bulls or pit bull mixes are liable for damages in cases of dog bites or attacks. That liability also extends to landlords who rent to pit bull owners. It means, essentially, that victims seeking to file a personal injury suit will have an easier time proving their cases.
Gambling is a popular pastime for many in the Old Line State, whether it's at a casino or the racetrack. People who come to play the slot machines or put their money down on a favorite horse know there are no guarantees, and that they could risk losing everything with a roll of the dice or a pull of the slot machine arm. But they do it anyway, because they love the rush they get when they win.
When parents send their children to camp, on school trips or any other organized youth outings where adults are in charge, they have a reasonable expectation that the children will be kept safe from harm. If a child is injured or killed while on the outing, its organizers may be held responsible. But to what degree?