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Law Digest — Md. Court of Appeals — June 10, 2021

Maryland Court of Appeals Criminal Procedure; Petition for writ of actual innocence: Where petitioner, who was serving a life sentence for a 1991 murder conviction, sought post-conviction relief based upon newly-discovered evidence that the State’s ballistics expert who testified at ...

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Law Digest — US 4th Circuit and Md. Court of Special Appeals — May 27, 2021

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Employment Law; Same-sex sexual harassment: Where male worker sued employer for sexual harassment following persistent abuse by male coworkers, which included sexually-charged ridicule and homosexual references, district court erred in granting summary judgment ...

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Law Digest — 4th US Circuit and Md. Court of Special Appeals — May 20, 2021

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4TH Circuit Criminal Law; Abusive language: Defendant’s conviction under Virginia statute which criminalizes abusive language reversed because the First Amendment permits criminalization of abusive language only if the Government proves the language had a direct ...

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Law Digest — Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals — May 13, 2021

Maryland Court of Appeals Tax Law; Vendors: Prior to the 2015 amendment to the sales and use tax, §11-102(a) of the Tax–General Article, which specifically included “accommodations intermediary” into the statutory definition of “vendors” liable to pay sales and use ...

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Law Digest — Court of Appeals — May 6, 2021

Maryland Court of Appeals Real Property; Pleadings: Where property occupants alleged that the defendant property owners violated Real Property Article §7-113(b) by making threats of eviction without first making a reasonable inquiry as to whether the properties were abandoned, their ...

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Law Digest — Court of Appeals — April 29, 2021

  Maryland Court of Appeals Criminal Procedure; Search and seizure: Where an anonymous tipster called 911 and alleged that the defendant was driving drunk and provided the make, model, and license plate of the vehicle and its location, and police ...

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Law Digest — Court of Special Appeals — April 22, 2021

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Contracts; Nondisclosure Agreements: Judgment of the circuit court, which awarded damages of only $1 to plaintiff based on defendant’s breach of a nondisclosure agreement, affirmed because damages for the breach of a nondisclosure agreement are ...

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Law Digest — Md. Court of Special Appeals — April 15, 2021

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Contracts; Nondisclosure agreements: In the plaintiff’s action seeking compensatory damages for the defendant’s breach of a nondisclosure agreement, where the plaintiff failed to adduce evidence of actual damages resulting from the breach, the trial judge ...

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Law Digest — Md. Court of Appeals — April 8, 2021

Maryland Court of Appeals Professional Responsibility; Disbarment: Given the severity of the misconduct and the presence of several aggravating factors, disbarment was the appropriate sanction for a Maryland attorney who violated multiple Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct, District of Columbia ...

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Law Digest — Md. Court of Appeals — April 1, 2021

Maryland Court of Appeals Tax Law; Freedom of speech: A local excise tax on the business of selling advertising space on billboards did not violate the constitutional provisions that protect freedom of speech and of the press. Clear Channel Outdoor, ...

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