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Law digest

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS

Criminal Procedure, Juror misconduct: Trial judge erred in failing to conduct voir dire to determine if jurors’ contact with the State’s key witness indicated prejudice against defendant. Dillard v. State, No. 50, September Term, 2009. RecordFax No. 10-0825-20, 35 pages.

Family Law, Qualified domestic relations order: Mother was not entitled to a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to enforce a judgment of costs and counsel fees against her ex-husband because such costs and fees do not constitute “child support” under Maryland law. Roosevelt v. Corapcioglu, No. 156, September Term, 2008. RecordFax No. 10-0825-23, 12 pages.

U.S. DISTRICT COURT, MARYLAND

Securities Law, Material misrepresentation: The court denied Constellation’s motion to dismiss Securities Act claims because the company’s misstatement as to its collateral obligations was not immaterial as a matter of law. In re Constellation Energy Group, Inc., Securities Litigation, No. 08-2854. RecordFax No. 10-0813-41, 38 pages.