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Appellate Courts

Opinions – 7/18/13: Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Consumer Protection Collection agencies  BOTTOM LINE: A party may collaterally attack a judgment entered in favor of an unlicensed collection agency because such a judgment is void. CASE: Finch v. LVNV Funding LLC, No. 704, Sept. Term, 2012 (filed June ...

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Psychiatric patient’s suit against ER revived on appeal

A psychiatric patient who was badly injured when he walked out of an emergency room and jumped from a nearby bridge can sue the hospital for allegedly failing to keep sufficient tabs on him, the Court of Special Appeals has held.

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Opinions – 6/27/13: Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Civil Procedure Statute of Repose  BOTTOM LINE: Plaintiff’s asbestos-related claims were barred by the Statute of Repose because defendant was not in actual possession and control of the property where plaintiff worked when the injury occurred. CASE: Burns v. Bechtel ...

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Choice for Chief Judge Bell’s seat now in governor’s hands

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission on Thursday sent Gov. Martin O’Malley the names of all five candidates who have applied for the seat on Maryland’s highest court that Chief Judge Robert M. Bell will leave vacant when he hits the mandatory retirement age of 70 on July 6.

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Court of Special Appeals: Illness, threat doom prenup

A Maryland appeals court has invalidated a prenuptial agreement that a woman signed 26 years ago while dealing with severe morning sickness and a threat by her fiancé — who had insisted she prove her fertility before marriage — that he would call off the wedding if she did not sign it immediately.

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Top court weighs sanction in foreclosure docs case

Attorney Thomas P. Dore should be reprimanded rather than suspended for authorizing employees to sign his name on more than 100 foreclosure-related affidavits, because of the steps he took to correct and mitigate his serious ethical lapse, Dore’s lawyer told Maryland’s top court Wednesday.

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CSA: Montgomery County not bound by union deal

The Montgomery County Council did not violate county or state laws when it passed an operating budget that rejected part of the police union’s collective bargaining agreement and did not fund three categories of employee benefits, a state appellate court has held.

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