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Baltimore city employee sues after Islamic-law marriage not recognized

A Baltimore city employee and observant Muslim has filed suit against his employer for not recognizing his Islamic-law marriage, which he says has left his pregnant wife without health insurance. Idris Abdus-Shahid and Baiyina Jones were married 17 years ago in a religious ceremony but never obtained a civil marriage license before they were married, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

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Family of girl injured on slide at Maryland Zoo files suit

The family of a Forest Hill elementary school student who allegedly suffered a fractured skull during a 2013 field trip to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has filed suit against the institution. Lindsay Shank went down a 12-foot-high slide backwards and head-first and struck her head on a protective surface that was only two-inches thick atop the concrete, according to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

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Class counsel awarded $33M in attorneys’ fees in Nikita Levy case

Class counsel awarded $33M in attorneys’ fees in Nikita Levy case

A Baltimore judge has awarded the class counsel representing former patients of Nikita Levy nearly $33 million in attorneys' fees, less than half of what they requested from a $190 million settlement with Johns Hopkins Hospital. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Sylvester B. Cox repeatedly praised the class counsel's efforts and called the settlement "extraordinary."

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Former Morgan football player sues school over shooting

A former Morgan State University football player has sued the school after he was the victim of an on-campus shooting in November 2012. Tyrell Okoro's lawsuit claims his shooting was a result of the administration's failure to adequately address student safety after a string of violent crimes on campus. Two months prior to Okoro's shooting, another person was shot at the campus student center.

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Railroad companies, MDE renew spat over disclosing crude oil shipments

Railroad companies, MDE renew spat over disclosing crude oil shipments

Details about shipments of crude oil are trade secrets protected from disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act, two national railroad companies have argued in an attempt to prevent a state agency from releasing the information. Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX Transportation Inc. each filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of the Environment last summer as the department was preparing to disclose the information at the request of McClatchy Newspapers and the Associated Press. Under the Public Information Act, state agencies have 30 days to respond to requests.

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Cambridge woman sues motorcycle dealership after crash

A Dorchester County woman whose left leg was amputated below the knee after a motorcycle accident is suing the Cambridge company that owned the motorcycle she was riding, as well as the company’s owner, who she says was operating it when it crashed. The accident occurred in October while the woman, Wilsie L. Boram, was attending the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla., with Jonathan P. Johnston, the owner of Cambridge Motorsports Inc., according to the lawsuit filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Friday. While in Orlando, Boram, Johnston and three other friends decided to drive about an hour to Daytona Beach for lunch.

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