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Law digest – 7/23/14

MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS  Civil Procedure, Notice of appeal: In a multi-party case, circuit court’s order dismissing claims without prejudice and expressly granting leave to file an amended complaint was not a final judgment, and, as a result, plaintiffs’ ...

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Law digest – 7/16/14

MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS  Criminal Procedure, Waiver of right to counsel: Where trial court failed to determine and announce on the record that defendant “knowingly and voluntarily” waived his right to counsel, defendant’s discharge of counsel was not in ...

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Law digest – 7/9/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Constitutional Law, Sex offender registration: Retroactive application of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is unconstitutional under Maryland law, notwithstanding the registration obligations placed directly on individuals by SORNA. Department of Public Safety and ...

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Law digest – 7/3/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Consumer protection, Secondary mortgage loan law: An assignee of a secondary mortgage loan is not directly liable under the Uniform Commercial Code’s Secondary Mortgage Loan Law (“SMLL”) to the borrower for violations of the SMLL committed ...

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Law digest – 6/26/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS Professional Responsibility, Reprimand: A lawyer who “robo-signed” a large number of foreclosure-related documents at the instruction of his supervising attorney was reprimanded for violating MLRPC regarding conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; and the firm’s ...

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Opinions – 6/26/14: Maryland Court of Appeals

Professional Responsibility Reprimand  BOTTOM LINE: A lawyer who “robo-signed” a large number of foreclosure-related documents at the instruction of his supervising attorney was reprimanded for violating MLRPC regarding conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; and the firm’s managing partner, ...

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