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Top 3: ‘I had no idea, and it’s a wonderful honor’

With The Daily Record closed Thursday and Friday, this week’s Top 5 has been modified by two. Among the top stories this week was Under Armour’s latest trademark infringement lawsuit and Gov. Martin O’Malley weighing in against the University of Maryland’s environmental law clinic litigation against Eastern Shore chicken farms. Here are this week’s Big Three:

1. Daily Record honors 25 for leadership in law — by Andy Marso

Baltimore lawyer Andrew Jay Graham took the top award Friday at The Daily Record’s annual Leadership in Law awards luncheon.

“I had no idea, and it’s a wonderful honor,” Graham said as he accepted a glass bowl to go along with the diamond-shaped glass plaque that he and the other 24 honorees received.

Leadership in Law, now in its 11th year, celebrates those who provide outstanding contributions to the legal profession, public service and mentoring in Maryland.

Graham co-founded Kramon & Graham PA in 1975 after working for Shearman & Sterling in New York and serving three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland.

2. Under Armour sues Energy Armor for infringement, cybersquatting — by Ben Mook

Under Armour Inc. is suing Energy Armor, a Florida company that makes silicone bracelets imbued with “negative ions,” accusing it of trademark infringement and cybersquatting.

Baltimore-based Under Armour filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, claiming that Energy Armor was selling sporting apparel like bracelets, hair bands and baseball caps that imitate Under Armour products. The Jacksonville company’s tagline — “Protect Your Body” — is also too similar to Under Armour’s “Protect This House” motto, Under Armour alleges.

Under Armour is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a permanent injunction to keep its competitor from using the Energy Armor name and “Protect Your Body” tagline on its products.

3. O’Malley stands by criticism of environmental law clinic — by Steve Lash

Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday stood by his right to criticize the University of Maryland’s environmental law clinic for continuing litigation against a family-owned chicken farm on the Eastern Shore, despite strong objection from the law school’s dean.

O’Malley ignited the contretemps with a Nov. 14 letter to Dean Phoebe A. Haddon in which he assailed the “costly” litigation as an “ongoing injustice” against farm owners Alan and Kristin Hudson.

In response, Haddon urged O’Malley to back off and let the litigation run its course.