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The expensive taste for caviar landed a Rockville importer a record setting $10.4 million criminal fine for trafficking in the eggs of the protected species, federal prosecutors reported Friday.The fine is the largest ever in wildlife prosecution, according to U.S. ...

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BGE Competitors Win Round in Appeals Court

A trade association representing companies that want to compete with BGE have standing to challenge the Maryland electricity provider’s rate reduction that was scheduled to take effect July 1, Maryland’s top court held yesterday.The Court of Appeals handed down its ...

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Fulton Has Lucky Day in Court?

Trying Baltimore legislator Tony E. Fulton simultaneously with Annapolis lobbyist Gerard E. Evans, who was convicted of fraud Friday by a federal jury in Baltimore, may have been a stroke of good luck, Fulton’s attorney says.Fulton, acquitted of five fraud ...

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Safeway Wins Reversal of $100K Award

Reversing a $100,000 judgment against Safeway Inc., the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held last week that the food retailer and its security guard cannot be held responsible for malicious prosecution in a case of mistaken identity. “[W]e are ...

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Court: Parents in Repressed Memory Case Can

A couple who claims their adult daughter falsely accused them of abuse based on repressed memories can’t sue her psychologists for malpractice, a Wisconsin court has ruled.The state’s 4th District Court of Appeals decided Thursday that Charlotte Johnson’s parents had ...

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Law Summary

Philadelphia Judge Renders Poetic JusticeA Superior Court judge in Philadelphia J. Michael Eakin, has turned for the second time to verse to issue an opinion. In 1999, Eakin upheld a divorcing couple’s prenuptial agreement in rhyming couplets. This time, Eakin ...

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The Practice

Not for Nothing…Little Italy Case Settled for $450KPractitioners take note: the “confidential” in your confidential settlement may be a very fluid thing. Case in point: Last fall’s 11th-hour agreement in the feud between Giovanna M. “Gia” Blatterman</b. and her Little ...

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4th Circuit Sides with HUD

Holding that the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s treatment of Capitol Mortgage Bankers was “fair and reasonable,” the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision, thereby upholding the agency’s ability to terminate the lender’s right ...

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The Judiciary

Four Named to PGDCGov. Parris N. Glendening announced the appointment of four new judges to the District Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County. The newly appointed judges are Jean S. Baron, Mark T. O’Brien, Hassan A. El-Amin and Robert ...

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