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False Claims Act case survives lawyer’s premature disclosure, 4th Circuit says

A lawyer’s premature disclosure of her client’s sealed whistleblower lawsuit does not necessarily doom the litigation, a U.S. appeals court ruled Monday in reviving a construction worker’s claim that a Maryland company violated the federal False Claims Act during building projects in Washington.

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Lawyer who secretly altered own child-custody accord disbarred

Maryland’s top court has disbarred a Towson attorney who secretly altered her child-custody agreement before handing it to her soon-to-be ex-husband to sign, lied to the court and opposing counsel in her divorce case, lied on a loan modification application and failed to file income tax returns for four years.

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Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in Md., 12 other states

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, ...

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Court of Appeals upholds post-arrest flip-phone search

The Court of Appeals building in Annapolis

Police officers may open the flip phone of a person they just arrested and examine its screen saver but need a warrant to search the text messages and other information contained within the device in the absence of a public-safety emergency, Maryland’s top court ruled Monday in a trio of decisions.

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Court of Appeals: Public officials liable for gross negligence

Prison guards and other public officials can be held personally liable for deaths and injuries caused by their gross negligence, Maryland’s top court unanimously held Friday in ruling that a correctional officer is not immune from liability for one inmate’s strangulation of another on a prison bus headed to Baltimore.

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