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Surge in asbestos cases baffles experts In 1967, roofing material supplier GAF Corp. bought Ruberoid Co., a company that in three decades earned a total of just $1 million, but says cost it $1.5 billion in asbestos liability claims and ...

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‘Top Doc’ hit with $2M verdict

A Towson obstetrician, who made Baltimore Magazine’s “Rising Stars” list of top doctors, was hit with a $2 million medical malpractice verdict in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday.[IMGCAP(1)] The jury determined that Monica A. Buescher’s decision not to perform a ...

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Insurance company entitled to part of award need not be party to lawsuit

A trial judge was correct in refusing to require inclusion of an insurance company in a lawsuit even though the insurer partially compensated the plaintiffs for injuries that resulted from the defendant’s running a stop sign, the Court of Special ...

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Protecting the client-protection program

Editor’s note: Isaac Hecht addressed the Conference of Chief Justices at its midyear meeting in Baltimore last week. This column was prepared from his remarks.[IMGCAP(1)]Maryland has one of the best client protection funds in the United States. As of June ...

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Blue ribbon for Baltimore

Baltimore City Circuit Administrative Judge Ellen M. Heller yesterday convened the first meeting of a blue-ribbon task force she has assembled for the restoration the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse and Courthouse East. The task force and several supporters met ...

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Ex-Merrill employee settles insider-trading suit U.S. regulators have settled a suit brought against a former Merrill Lynch employee who allegedly used inside information to trade in the shares of a Merrill Lynch client in 1998. The Securities and Exchange Commission ...

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Clinton’s last-minute pardons, commutations, included 4 Marylanders (104415)

Four Maryland men were included in the flurry of pardons and commutations that President Clinton signed on his last day of office, the U.S. Department of Justice reported. Three men were pardoned, including one who was convicted of selling classified ...

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Curry’s case: Against mandatory minimum sentences (104421)

Derrick A. Curry was in the visiting room of the federal prison camp in Cumberland with his father and stepmother when the warden came in, and he knew his prayers had been answered. The former high school basketball star had ...

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