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§ 5-402. Merchants and motion picture theaters

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCourts and Judicial Proceedings

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Courts and Judicial Proceedings
Title 5. Limitations, Prohibited Actions, and Immunities (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 4. Immunities and Prohibited Actions--Businesses, Associations, and Charities (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 5-402
§ 5-402. Merchants and motion picture theaters
Merchants or agents or employees of merchants
(a) A merchant or an agent or employee of the merchant who detains or causes the arrest of any person shall not be held civilly liable for detention, slander, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, or false arrest of the person detained or arrested, whether the detention or arrest takes place by the merchant or by his agent or employee, if in detaining or in causing the arrest of the person, the merchant or the agent or employee of the merchant had, at the time of the detention or arrest, probable cause to believe that the person committed the crime of “theft,” as prohibited by § 7-104 of the Criminal Law Article, of property of the merchant from the premises of the merchant.
Owners or lessees of motion picture theaters
(b) An owner or lessee of a motion picture theater or an agent or employee of the owner or lessee who detains or causes the arrest of any person may not be held civilly liable for detention, defamation, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, or false arrest of the person detained or arrested, if in detaining or causing the arrest of the person, the owner, lessee, agent, or employee had, at the time of the detention or arrest, probable cause to believe that the person committed in the motion picture theater a violation of § 7-308(e) of the Criminal Law Article.

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Added as Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5-307 by Acts 1978, c. 849, § 2. Renumbered as Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5-402 by Acts 1997, c. 14, § 9, eff. April 8, 1997. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 213, § 6, eff. Oct. 1, 2002; Acts 2004, c. 165, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2004.
MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 5-402, MD CTS & JUD PRO § 5-402
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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