State. Sen. Ulysses Currie was acquitted of all charges this week, and the owner of famed ‘Cafe Hon’ has decided to give up the trademark of the word ‘Hon,’ which caused much controversy earlier this year. Those stories and more in this week’s legal affairs top 5.
1. Café Hon owner to give up trademark – by Steve Lash
Poke it with a fork, because it looks like the controversy over “HON” is done.
Denise Whiting, the embattled owner of Café Hon in Hampden, said Monday she will give up the registered trademark she has on the word “HON.” Whiting added she did not fully appreciate the “passion” Baltimoreans have for the term of endearment.
“Please forgive me for everything that I’ve done,” Whiting said on the radio broadcast. “I am taking that piece of paper that says [‘HON’] is registered [and] I will just take it off the register.”
2. Cardin: Obama to nominate Russell to federal court – by Steve Lash
President Obama intends to nominate Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge George L. Russell III to the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said Thursday.
If confirmed by the Senate, Russell will succeed Judge Peter J. Messitte, who took senior status nearly three years ago.
3. Baltimore doctor wins $3M for repetitive-use injury – by Danielle Ulman
A Baltimore doctor was awarded $3 million by a U.S. District Court jury that found she lost the fine-motor skills needed to be a cosmetic dermatologist after regularly operating a piece of medical equipment.
Dr. Supriya Goyal worked as a research fellow with the Maryland Laser, Skin & Vein Institute LLC for doctors Robert and Margaret Weiss, a husband-and-wife team. That’s where she often used Thermage Inc.’s ThermaCool device, which she said caused her to develop an ulnar nerve entrapment affecting her hand and arm.
4. Sen. Currie acquitted on all counts – by Andy Marso
State Sen. Ulysses S. Currie remained calm and poised Tuesday in the hall outside the federal courtroom where a jury had just acquitted him of all charges in a corruption scandal. He thanked his legal team, called the verdict a win for the General Assembly and his constituents and said he was headed to visit his ailing sister.
Then Currie and his supporters got on the elevator and their wild cheering could be heard from behind the thick metal doors.
5. Redskins fight ex-punter’s workers’ compensation claim – by Steve Lash
The Washington Redskins on Tuesday urged Maryland’s top court to sack prior decisions requiring the team to pay Maryland workers’ compensation benefits to ex-punter Tom Tupa, who suffered a career-ending back injury during preseason warm-ups at FedEx Field in Landover in 2005.
The team’s lawyer told the Court of Appeals that Tupa’s contract expressly called for any workers’ compensation claim to be resolved under the laws of Virginia, where the Redskins are based.