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Top 5: ‘I think that sends a loud and clear message’

A first-of-its-kind lawsuit over a bedbug infestation was decided in Baltimore this week, and state Sen. Ulysses Currie's bribery trial continues. Those stories and more in this week's legal affairs top 5. 1. Hopkins doc has made millions testifying for defense - Andy Marso When lawyer William C. Hudson learned that State Farm wanted one of his clients to submit to a medical examination by Dr. David W. Buchholz last spring, he protested both the lack of advance notice and the choice of doctor. Hudson’s client, Melody B. Southard, had been in a car accident with an underinsured motorist and was suing her insurance company in Baltimore City Circuit Court because of persistent headaches that her doctors had linked to the crash. 2. Bedbug suit has a $40K bite - by Danielle Ulman Kristen Y. Saunders said it took managers of her apartment building 48 days to fumigate her apartment infested with bedbugs, leading to a plaintiff’s verdict in the first case of its type in Baltimore. A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury awarded Saunders $40,000 in her negligence suit against the building’s owners and operators. The verdict came last week after a three-day trial.

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