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Author Archives: Brendan Kearney

Baltimore to pay $115K for 2 arrests (access required)

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates is poised to approve a $100,000 payment to a 65-year-old man who alleged he was badly beaten outside his Govans home two years ago by plainclothes police officers who suspected he was rolling a joint. The ...

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Taverns’ pay deal on hold as judge looks into legal fees (access required)

A judge in Baltimore has held up the $115,000 settlement of a labor lawsuit against a Federal Hill tavern owner because the portion earmarked for the plaintiffs’ lawyer — $100,000 — was not well-documented and “likely not reasonable.” Judge Richard ...

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Judge fines lawyer $5K for pursuing age discrimination lawsuit (access required)

Invoking the imagery of a shipwreck, a federal judge has fined an Owings Mills-based lawyer $5,000 for pursuing an age discrimination lawsuit long after it was clear he had no case. “Attorneys are entitled, and sometimes even obligated, to sail ...

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State drops charges against teen boxer Deon Johnson, co-defendant (access required)

Deon Johnson, the West Baltimore boxer who claims his Olympic dreams were derailed two years ago when Baltimore police officers knocked him off a dirt bike, won perhaps the biggest bout of his life Monday when the attempted murder case ...

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Deon Johnson, charged with attempted murder, insists he’s a victim of police retaliation (access required)

To hear him tell the story, West Baltimore teen Deon Johnson was an up-and-coming boxer, hoping to punch his ticket to next summer’s Olympic Games in London. His boxing coach was equally optimistic, fondly recalling Johnson’s jab, his movement in ...

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Baltimore tavern owner settles with former employees in tip-pooling case (access required)

South Baltimore bar owner Jason Zink has agreed to pay $115,000 to settle litigation brought by five of his former employees, according to settlement papers filed Tuesday in federal court. The fact of a pretrial resolution was known a month ...

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Settling into a teachable moment with Baltimore police (access required)

George Nilson had had enough. Enough of the same kinds of police misconduct allegations year after year, enough fix-it talk without follow-up within his Baltimore City Law Department, and perhaps enough calls from the media and City Council members about ...

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Denny’s to pay $1.3M to former employees (access required)

Denny’s has agreed to pay $1.3 million to dozens of former employees as part of a consent decree that requires the restaurant chain to overhaul its corporate policies regarding people with disabilities. The settlement, signed by U.S. District Court Judge ...

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