Author Archives: Heather Cobun

Heather Cobun is the trial courts reporter at The Daily Record. Got news? Call her at (443) 524-8191. Follow her on Twitter: @hcobun.

Baltimore sues Monsanto for alleged contamination of stormwater, harbor

The Baltimore harbor on the afternoon of April 6th, 2017. Photo by Maximilian Franz.

Baltimore filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging Monsanto Co. knowingly sold toxic chemicals that have caused “tens of millions of dollars” in damages to the city’s water. The complaint for public nuisance and products liability claims that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) ...

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Marriott data breach cases consolidated in Maryland

Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years. The world's largest hotel company says on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, approximately 5.2 million guests may have been affected.

A federal judge in Greenbelt will oversee centralized pretrial proceedings in dozens of lawsuits against Marriott International Inc. over a massive data breach the company reported last year. The lawsuits generally allege there was unauthorized access for four years to ...

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Family of man freed by UB Innocence Project files wrongful conviction suit

Malcolm Bryant addresses the audience at a UB School of Law symposium on wrongful convictions on Sept. 29, 2016. Professor Michele Nethercott, director of UB’s Innocence Project Clinic, is at right. (University of Baltimore School of Law)

The family of a Baltimore man exonerated by DNA evidence is suing the Baltimore Police Department for actions the family claims violated the man’s rights and led to his wrongful conviction. Malcolm Jabbar Bryant died in 2017 at the age of 42. He ...

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Student activist charged with illegally livestreaming Harris staffer

Salisbury University student Jake Burdett allegedly live-streamed a meeting on Facebook with a staffer for Rep. Andy Harris.

A Salisbury University student and political activist is facing wiretapping charges for allegedly livestreaming a meeting with a staffer for Rep. Andy Harris last year after being told not to record. Jake Burdett, 20, is charged with illegal recording and ...

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Police seek dismissal of wrongful conviction lawsuit

C. Justin Brown (File photo)

The Baltimore Police Department and officers named in a wrongful conviction lawsuit moved to dismiss the complaint Monday, arguing the claims fail to specify the actions that violated  the plaintiff’s rights and are otherwise barred by the statute of limitations. Garreth Parks, who ...

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Contract appeals board: Calvert Co. SHA project solicitation defective

The SHA contract  involves widening the road and adding a bike lane and a center median in the Prince Frederick area. (File photo)

The bidding process last year for a contract to improve Route 2/4 in Calvert County violated state procurement laws, according to a state board that decides bid and contract disputes. The Maryland Board of Contract Appeals ruled Feb. 6 that the solicitation for the ...

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Group of ex-GTTF officers seeks dismissal of city’s lawsuit on indemnity


Attorneys for former Gun Trace Task Force officers are asking a Baltimore judge to dismiss the city’s action seeking a preemptive ruling on who has to pay any damages in lawsuits against them. Four officers — Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Maurice ...

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Bill to repeal adultery returns to General Assembly

Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery. (File photo)

A bill to decriminalize adultery has returned to the General Assembly after failing in 2018 due to concerns about its impact on parties’ ability to “plead the Fifth” in divorce cases. Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery, is again sponsoring the bill, ...

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Saul Ewing opens Minneapolis office

Barry Levin, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's managing partner. (File)

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP announced plans Thursday to expand its presence in the Midwest with a new office in Minneapolis. The office, the firm’s 16th, will be staffed by eight partners recruited from the Minneapolis office of Gray ...

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