Rowhouses, Inc. v. Smith Defines Circumstantial Evidence Standard.Suzanne C. Shapiro Law, LLC is proud to be a part of making new law today. The Maryland Court of Appeals clarified the standard for presenting circumstantial evidence to establish causation in toxic tort litigation. Suzanne C. Shapiro wrote the winning brief that resulted in the Court of Appeals decision. In writing the brief, Ms. Shapiro convinced the high court that circumstantial evidence is sufficient to prove the existence of lead paint in a home, resulting in lead poisoning injury to a child, even though the house had been demolished and could not be directly tested for lead paint during litigation, and the child had visited and resided at other houses.
Ms. Shapiro’s successful efforts have paved the way for many pending cases in the Circuit Court to move forward to trial; cases that otherwise would have been dismissed for insufficiency of evidence to establish a prima facie case.
Ms. Shapiro also submitted briefs in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.