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Md. appeals court revives shareholder suit alleging ‘de facto dividend’

Maryland’s second-highest court has revived the shareholder lawsuit of a man who claims his mother and brother illicitly enriched themselves while not paying him a “de facto dividend.”

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Energy firm violated telephone solicitation law, Md. appeals court says

The Maryland Public Service Commission’s oversight of utility companies includes the authority to penalize them for deceptive telephone solicitations, the state’s second-highest court ruled.

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Fleeing man, regardless of race, may give police reasonable suspicion, Md. high court says

The Maryland Supreme Court (formerly the Court of Appeals) building in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

A Black man’s speedy departure upon seeing Baltimore police in a high-crime area may give officers reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to stop him, the Maryland Supreme Court ruled.

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‘Physical damage’ coverage excludes COVID-related losses, high court says

The Maryland Supreme Court (formerly the Court of Appeals) building in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

Companies that lost business during the COVID-19 pandemic cannot turn to the “physical loss or damage” coverage provision of their insurance policies for financial relief, the Maryland Supreme Court ruled.

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Maryland’s top court becomes ‘Supreme’ as name change takes effect

Supreme Court of Maryland

The names of Maryland’s two appellate courts and the titles of the state’s top judges changed Wednesday with a gubernatorial proclamation.

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