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Author Archives: Jason Ruiter

Terraces offer respite from workaday stress

Jim Astrachan apologizes for the condition of his three tomato plants. “I haven’t been able to water them over the weekend … so they don’t look too great,” Astrachan said recently, standing on a balcony outside his law office on East Redwood Street, 21 stories above downtown Baltimore.

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Grand jury indicts 16 in burglary, drug rings

A federal grand jury has indicted the owner of a Baltimore auto-body shop and 15 other people on charges involving multiyear, multistate conspiracies to commit crimes that ranged from drug distribution and home invasions to commercial burglaries and bank robberies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland.

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$6M settlement resolves allegations of upcoding

TranS1 Inc., a medical device manufacturer, will pay a $6 million settlement to the United States due to a civil violation of the False Claims Act when it knowingly told physicians the wrong billing code to increase their reimbursement rates from federal health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

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Woman awarded $620K med-mal verdict after neck injury

A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury has awarded $620,000 to Roshell Blue of Baltimore as a result of two herniated discs in her neck — an injury that she said occurred during a spinal tap at the emergency room at University of Maryland Medical Center in 2007.

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