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February 2013

Ober|Kaler Obtains Confirmation of Significant Arbitration Award for Condo Unit Owner's Claim

By: Jackson B. Boyd

Ober|Kaler Construction Group principal Raymond D. Burke and associates Matthew T. Vocci and Jackson B. Boyd secured judicial confirmation last year in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of a significant arbitration award on behalf of the owner of a penthouse condominium unit located at 100 Harborview Drive in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Circuit Court’s confirmation of the $1,252,487 arbitration award resulted in what is believed to be Maryland’s largest judgment against a condominium council of unit owners for its failure to maintain, repair, and replace the common elements of a condominium building (in this case, the roof system, exterior façade, and HVAC ductwork of a 27-story high-rise). The Circuit Court also confirmed the arbitration award’s order of specific performance, which requires the condominium’s council of unit owners to replace the building’s roof system, repair its exterior façade, clean its HVAC ductwork, and insulate its rooftop exterior HVAC ductwork. The value of the work required by the specific performance order is approximately $6 million.

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Minority Business Enterprise Program Adds New Wrinkles

By: Eric Radz

Last fall, Maryland’s renewed Minority Business Enterprise Program was re-enacted with important additions. The updated statue incorporates recommendations and comments that the State received from the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

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