Maryland’s intermediate appellate court, the Court of Special Appeals, has ruled that that an insurance company’s identity must be disclosed to a jury in a breach of contract case arising out of the uninsured motorist provisions of an insurance policy. Davis et vir. v. Martinez, et al., examines the potential prejudice that defendants face when a jury knows that a claim may be covered by insurance, as well as the distinction between evidentiary matters and basic trial procedure.
On Jan. 27, 2008, Tania Nicole Little Martinez’s car collided with one being operated by Dionne and Darryl Davis. The Davises sued Martinez, alleging personal injuries and loss of consortium, among other things.