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RODRICK JACKSON v. MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Rodrick Jackson (“Jackson”) was a member of the Baltimore City Fire Department between October 7, 2002 and February 19, 2013. The Fire Department is an agency of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore (“the City”).

On July 24, 2013, Jackson, by counsel, filed a five-count complaint in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Jackson filed an amended complaint on September 27, 2013, in which he added a sixth count, which he captioned “breach of contract.”After a hearing, a Baltimore City motions judge dismissed all six counts.

In this appeal, Jackson takes issue only with the court’s dismissal of the breach of contract count. Jackson phrases the questions presented as follows:

1) Did the circuit court err by prematurely dismissing Appellant’s Complaint on the grounds that Appellant failed to allege a contractual breach by the City of Baltimore under the Memorandum of Understanding?

2) Did the circuit court abuse its discretion in deciding that the Appellant did not have grounds to pursue a breach of contract claim, per the Memorandum of Understanding?

Read the unreported opinion.