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Wrobleski v. de Lara
Maryland Court of Appeals
727 A.2d 930 (1999)
Linda Wrobleski (plaintiff) sued Dr. Nora de Lara (defendant) for negligence. Wrobleski hired Dr. Lilling as an expert witness. Lilling testified that less than 20 percent of his total income came from providing expert-witness services. However, Lilling refused to provide the amount of income he received each year for being an expert witness. Lilling argued that the amount of money he received from his expert-witness services could be used with the percentage number to calculate his total personal income, which was a private matter. The trial court ruled that Lilling should answer the question but never forced him to answer it. The jury found for de Lara, dismissing the claim. Wrobleski appealed, arguing that the trial court’s ruling about the income question posed to Lilling was incorrect. Wrobleski believed that the ruling made it look like Lilling was hiding something when he still refused to answer the question, causing the jury to not believe Lilling and to find for de Lara.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wilner, J.)
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