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State Lowers Boom on Four of State’s Eight Managed-Care Organizations

Maryland’s health department yesterday sanctioned four of its eight managed-care organizations for substandard performance, withholding more than $233,000 in state funds from the groups.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The four were identified as FreeState Health Care ($104,316), Jai Medical Plan ($5,900), Maryland Physicians Care ($36,504) and Priority Partners ($86,465).

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FTC Approval Expected Soon on Accord to Protect Web Surfers’ Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission may act very soon to endorse a privacy agreement negotiated with industry to protect Web surfers, according to knowledgeable sources. <br /><br />If the FTC commissioners do act, they will also send a recommendation to Capitol Hill for legislation to let them set rules on the “profiling’’ of surfers.

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Fired, Then Sued, by an Ex-Client? It’s OK to Bring in the New Lawyer

Ever taken a case after the client fired a previous lawyer? Chances are, if you thought about your predecessor suing you at all, you were thinking about a fee dispute.<br /><br />Think again. If the client sues the first lawyer for negligence, you could face an action for contribution or indemnity under Maryland’s Uniform Contribution Among Tort-Feasors Act (UCATA), the Court of Appeals said yesterday.

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Job-Seeker Can Sue for Damages

The Court of Appeals yesterday handed job-hunters a major win, holding that they may sue for negligent misrepresentations made to them during pre-employment negotiations

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LAW SUMMARY

One Down, Literally; Four More Mini-Trials to GoBaltimore City Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait seemed no less surprised than everyone else involved in the asbestos mini-trials which began July 10 that his trial group — pared down to a sole ...

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France Agrees to Extradict Einhorn

French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin has signed extradition papers ordering that fugitive and convicted murderer Ira Einhorn be returned to Pennsylvania, Philadelphia officials said.<@SM><@SM><TAB>District Attorney Lynne Abraham said in a statement that she was pleased that Jospin signed the papers Friday. But she said she still feared Einhorn, convicted in absentia of killing his former live-in girlfriend, would escape trial in the United States.

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Redskins’ Defender Tackles the Law With Prosecutor in the Off-Season

Even with just three years’ experience as a player in the National Football League, Doug Brown has seen dozens of players come and go.<@SM><@SM><TAB>“Football doesn’t last forever,” said Brown, who will suit up as a defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins this season. “No matter what, your career is going to end.”

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