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Voicemail slur will test scope of Public Information Act

Maryland’s top court will use the case of a racial slur left on a witness's voicemail to determine whether a person who complains police misconduct should have access to documents from the resulting internal-affairs investigation, or whether the government can issue a blanket denial under the Maryland Public Information Act.

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Hospitals: $20.6M award could spur C-sections

The number of unnecessary and expensive cesarean sections could skyrocket if Maryland’s top court upholds a $20.6 million award against a health care facility for failing to perform the surgical procedure on a woman who later gave birth to a child with cerebral palsy, the Maryland Hospital Association said in papers filed with the Court of Appeals.

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Lawyer’s dishonesty costs him more in Maryland

A Baltimore lawyer who was less than truthful about his disciplinary status on his Delaware registration statement drew only a public reprimand for dishonesty there, but he has been indefinitely suspended from the practice of law here in Maryland.

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Court dismisses misconduct claim against attorney

A sharply divided Maryland Court of Appeals has dismissed Attorney Grievance Commission claims that a lawyer violated ethics rules by handing his business card to a woman filling out a protective order against her estranged husband and then trying to begin a romantic relationship with her.

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Court disbars Baltimore immigration lawyer

Maryland’s top court has unanimously disbarred a Baltimore lawyer who erroneously told an Egyptian client he need not show up at an immigration hearing — and then failed to show up himself — leading to the man being ordered out of the United States in absentia.

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