As one of our website commenters noted this week, who hasn’t wanted to stick it to the man? Many people equate beating a traffic ticket with just that, and James Liskow’s story of finding a typo in a 5-year-old statute struck a chord with Daily Record readers, making it the most-read story this week by the paper’s legal affairs reporting team.
3. Jolivet’s son convicted of theft, plans appeal – by Brendan Kearney
The son of Maryland Minority Contractors Association President Arnold M. Jolivet has been convicted of theft for charging more than $4,000 in car rental bills over several months to his state-issued credit card.
2. Walk-out earns Frederick lawyer 60-day suspension – by Barbara Grzincic
An attorney who walked out of district court after a judge refused to put his client’s case on the stet docket will be suspended from the practice of law for 60 days, the state’s highest court has held.
4. Lawyer, child win $3M verdict against police – by Danielle Ulman
The jury found officers Patricia A. Poulos and Shon P. Barr violated the First and Fourth Amendment rights of William E. Wallace III and his daughter Georgiana Wallace, who was 3 years old at the time of the incident in December 2007.
5. UMd. School of Law receives $30 million donation – by Danny Jacobs
The $30 million buzzword floating around the University of Maryland School of Law on Monday was “transformative.” News of the W.P. Carey Foundation’s record gift made an immediate impact — the school has officially changed its name to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
New Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein made his courtroom debut during a week packed with high-profile legal news. Here are the five most-read stories by The Daily Record’s legal affairs reporting team.
Multimillion-dollar lawsuits and verdicts dominated the list of the five most-read stories this week written by The Daily Record’s legal affairs team. There’s also an appearance by one of the paper’s regular law columnists.
1. Lawyers for Hopkins student hit by car file $10M suit – by Danny Jacobs
Nathan Krasnopoler has been in a coma since a Feb. 26 accident outside Baltimore’s Broadview apartments on University Parkway, where 83-year-old Jeanette Marie Walke lives. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Baltimore City Circuit Court, alleges that Walke cut off Krasnopoler as she attempted to make a right-hand turn onto the Broadview’s driveway.
Bylines from Steve Lash bookend this week’s Top 5 most-read stories by The Daily Record’s legal affairs team. Dispatches from Danny Jacobs — including a post for this blog — hold down the other three slots.
Lash’s account Friday of the House of Delegates sending the same-sex marriage bill back to committee made the list within an hour of its posting, so by the end of the day it will likely climb up these rankings.
1. Widow accepts $1.5 million settlement in wrongful-death lawsuit – by Steve Lash
The widow and child of a machinist killed while operating a boring machine in Baltimore have settled for $1.5 million in a wrongful-death lawsuit they filed against the manufacturer. David M. Desrosiers’ widow and daughter had sued Giddings & Lewis Machine Tools LLC for $20 million in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
2. City sued over snow removal bill – by Danny Jacobs
A Glen Burnie snow removal company filed a $5.9 million lawsuit against Baltimore City on Wednesday, seeking to be paid for its work during last year’s historic snowstorms.
Turns out powerful New York City trial attorneys can be as superstitious as baseball players.
That’s the takeaway from this New York Times article juxtaposing their reasoned, analytical grounding with a penchant for eating the same meal every day, not getting a haircut during a trial and using the same door to enter and exit the Manhattan courthouse.
“It’s part of the human condition that no matter how many years of education you’ve had, you still have faith in certain totems,” Arthur R. Miller, a law professor at New York University, tells the Times. “I won’t go to court without a three-piece suit and without a red tie, and without a red pocket square.”
One lawyer who’s represented organized crime figures says he gives $20 to any homeless person who asks when he’s working a trial.
Gregg L. Bernstein, the new Baltimore City State’s Attorney, has trumpeted big plans for changes to that office — and Daily Record readers are very interested, judging by this week’s most-read story reported by our legal affairs team.
Brendan Kearney’s byline ran on the Bernstein story and three of this week’s Top 5, but not the one referenced in the title of this blog post.
Danielle Ulman had the latest on a lawsuit tied to the massive Ponzi scheme perpetrated by disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff.
2. Maryland same-sex marriage bill debated – by Steve Lash
Supporters of permitting same-sex marriage in Maryland clashed with opponents Tuesday in a battle in which neither side was willing to discuss intermediate options such as civil unions.
3. $2M lawsuit claims injury from defective surgical forceps – by Brendan Kearney
An Anne Arundel County woman has filed a $2 million federal lawsuit against a medical device manufacturer, claiming that part of the forceps used during her hysterectomy broke off and remained in her pelvis for more than a year.
4. Suit over Madoff losses revived – by Danielle Ulman
A Maryland appellate court has partially revived a lawsuit brought by an investment manager and his firm for $10 million in losses related to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. The Court of Special Appeals’ decision Wednesday will allow several counts against investment vehicle manager Jack Kay to move forward, reversing a lower court’s motion to dismiss.
5. False arrest lawsuit settle on eve of trial – by Brendan Kearney
An East Baltimore man who spent nearly a month in jail on assault and robbery charges, even though the alleged victim said he was not involved in the December 2009 incident, has settled his suit against the arresting officers for $75,000.
A good multiple, after all, is in the eye of the beholder, and since HuffPo is privately held most of the speculation has been exactly that, speculation lacking in solid numbers.
Still, as a journalist trying to peer in from the outside I’ve always been intrigued by the Texas Hold ‘Em aspect to valuations eventually agreed upon in deals like this. It reminded me of “A Good Start,” a recent post by the Epicurean Dealmaker, my favorite pseudonymous Wall Street investment banker.
“A Good Start” is offered as a counterpoint to “6 Ways Bankers Drive Lawyers Nuts,” a post on Wall Street Journal’s DealBlog by Ronald Barusch. In it, those six ways are balanced by counter-arguments from the investment banker’s side of the boardroom table.
“Never get between a banker and his fee,” Barusch writes, for example. “Are you serious? This is a gripe?,” Epicurean Dealmaker replies. “You might as well complain that sharks like to eat things. Counterpoint: Never come between a lawyer and a billable hour.”
2. Senate confirms Hollander, Bredar to U.S. District Court
“It’s the fulfillment of a dream from my days as a law clerk,” said Ellen L. Hollander, who in the mid-1970s worked for U.S. District Judge James R. Miller Jr. of Baltimore. James K. Bredar, when he takes the judicial oath, will become the first former federal public defender to sit on the federal bench in Maryland — a slice of history he deeply appreciates.