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Kelberman Puts Evans on Defensive

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dale P. Kelberman began cross-examining Annapolis lobbyist Gerard E. Evans late yesterday and wasted no time in attacking the picture that Evans painted of himself as an honest, hard-working lobbyist who did not defraud his clients.Evans spent ...

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Should Insurers Get Preferred Pricing On the Cost of Deposition Reporting?

Discounts for customer loyalty or high-volume purchasers are common in industries from the corner sub shop to international airlines. But deposition reporting?A nationwide movement to stop court reporters from giving “any party” (read: insurance companies) a break on deposition work ...

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Two Rape Claims Required Two Trials

Attempting to reinforce the testimony of two prostitutes who said they were raped by the same man on two separate occasions, a Baltimore County prosecutor — who noted that the quality of the complaining witnesses “is not that of a ...

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Circumstantial Evidence Enough to Sustain Second Murder Conviction

A man whose 1997 murder conviction was reversed and remanded for a new trial was not as fortunate the second time around.The Court of Special Appeals yesterday held that the “multiple strands” of circumstantial evidence that the second jury found ...

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LAW SUMMARY

Board Rejects Motion to Dismiss Fee FightThe tobacco fee dispute between Peter G. Angelos and the attorney general’s office will remain before the State Board of Contract Appeals a while longer. In a memorandum opinion dated July 5 and released ...

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Botched Up Coupon Deals Let ‘Net Shoppers Grab Free Goods

The Fourth of July meant freedom from paying for goods at some online sites, where botched coupon deals let shoppers waltz out with free or nearly free deals.<@SM><@SM><TAB>During the last several weeks, computer glitches and pricing errors hit Buy.com Inc., Staples.com Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.-backed crafts retailer eZiba.com Inc. Watchful Net bargain hunters who trade tips on special message boards soon swooped in to load up on the steeply discounted or free goods. A malfunction at CMGI Inc.’s Web portal AltaVista Co. also falsely gave customers the right to claim freebies.

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Halka — Laptop at Her Side — Directs Economic Development

It’s 10 p.m. on a Sunday night and Marie C. Halka is still laboring over her laptop, checking her latest e-mails to stay primed for her job directing the conversion of a naval base into a business park as vice president of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.

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Deere Gets Charter For Savings Bank

Tractor maker Deere & Co. has obtained permission to operate a federally insured savings bank that will take over the company’s credit card business.<br /><br />The Office of Thrift Supervision announced Thursday its approval for Deere to open the bank, to be named FPC Financial and based in Madison, Wis.

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Marriott’s Cash Register Ringing

Better-than-expected earnings in the second quarter briefly pushed the stock price of Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. yesterday to a 52-week high of $38.88.<br /><br />It settled back to close at $37.75, still a 2.7 percent gain.<br /><br />Earnings per diluted share at the world’s largest lodging company reached 50 cents in the quarter ended June 16, a 19 percent increase over the 42 cents per share recorded in 1999’s second quarter. The 50 cents topped analysts’ consensus estimates of 48 cents per share.

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Big Tobacco’s Net Worth Not a Cap To Damages, Florida Judge Tells Jury

The judge in the landmark Florida smokers trial yesterday told the jury it could award punitive damages well beyond the $15.3 billion the nation’s five biggest tobacco companies claim is their combined net worth.<br /><br />The tobacco companies had asked Circuit Judge Robert Kaye to cap punitive damages at that figure, culled from their 1999 annual reports. They disputed the assessments by witnesses for the smokers that the industry could afford to pay as much as $157 billion.

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