Author Archives: Steve Lash

Steve Lash covers federal and Maryland appellate courts and the General Assembly’s judiciary committees for The Daily Record. He joined the newspaper in 2008 after spending nearly 20 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and legal affairs for several publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Cox Newspapers, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and West’s Legal News. Lash, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and Maryland bars.

Judge won’t block Exxon sales, yet

A federal judge has rejected a request from 55 ExxonMobil dealers in Maryland that he block the petroleum giant from selling their facilities to gasoline distributors they fear would drive them out of business. The operators’ concern was sparked by ...

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Senate confirms Judge Davis

After five months of delay, the U.S. Senate voted 72-16 on Monday evening to confirm Judge André M. Davis to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Davis, 60, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, will take the seat left vacant by the death of Judge Francis D. Murnaghan Jr.

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Court of Appeals to hear med-mal cap case

Hearing an appeal of a multimillion-dollar verdict, Maryland’s highest court last week considered if a trial judge engaged in “mischief” or correctly read the statute in ruling that the state’s cap on medical-malpractice awards for pain and suffering applies only ...

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Court splits damages three ways, not five

A hospital that settled out of court constitutes only a single tortfeasor in splitting a medical malpractice damage award, even though three different employees at that hospital were accused of negligence, the Court of Special Appeals has held. The decision ...

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In Praise of Moot-Court Judging

On Saturday, I spent a rejuvenating morning serving as a judge for the semi-final round of a moot-court competition hosted by American University’s Washington College of Law. My service to the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition stirred ...

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Age-bias claimants to get WSSC records

A judge has ordered the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to surrender personnel documents for 15 fired workers to the EEOC, rejecting the utility’s claim of legislative immunity. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sought the records as part of its ...

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