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Top 5: ‘Let’s give it a shot in Baltimore’ (access required)

The Court of Special Appeals' decision to reverse much of a $150 million jury verdict against Exxon Mobil kicks off the list of the most-read law stories of the week. Also making the list is Maryland's decision to join the national foreclosure settlement and the story of a lawyer-turned-chef. The Top 5 are: 1.  Appeals court slashes damages for Jacksonville Exxon leak -- by Danny Jacobs and Steve Lash A divided Court of Special Appeals has struck down a large part of the $150 million in damages awarded to 88 Jacksonville households in their lawsuits against Exxon Mobil Corp. stemming from a massive 2006 gasoline leak. The court left intact about $60 million in property damage claims, reversing the award to just one household. However, a majority of the nine judges found the jury instruction on emotional distress damages was faulty and ordered a new trial on that count in Baltimore County Circuit Court for most plaintiffs. 2. Bid-rigging lawyer disbarred -- by Daily Record Staff Nearly two years after he pleaded guilty to a federal bid-rigging charge for colluding at tax-lien auctions, Harvey M. Nusbaum was disbarred Tuesday by the Court of Appeals.