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Maryland tracks the national trend in bankruptcy: Ch. 11 up, rest down

The overall number of bankruptcy filings in Maryland decreased by 6 percent last year, but the state’s Chapter 11 filings increased by 5.5 percent, according to the most recent data released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. “Business ...

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Heartburn of Propulsid

Three Baltimore users of the gastrointestinal drug Propulsid have filed a class action on behalf of Propulsid users statewide against the drug’s maker, Janssen Pharmaceutica, and its parent company Johnson & Johnson. Paul Carter, Robert Samuels and Allen Havrilla seek ...

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AG’s new hired gunBrian DeLeonardo, assistant state’s attorney for Carroll County, has been tapped by the attorney general’s office for a new post as special gun prosecutor. He will be specially assigned to work with Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia ...

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Nice settlement, if you can get it

A proposed class action settlement of consumer protection claims against Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. was yanked after a public interest law firm complained it would enrich the plaintiffs’ attorney with millions of dollars and give nothing to 6.5 million ...

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Friday's legal stories

A technical error beyond our control kept us from bringing our readers the legal news stories on Friday until the afternoon. Since most of our readers log on in the morning, we thought we’d re-run the legal stories from Friday ...

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Northrop sues Lockheed over military contractNorthrop Grumman Corp. is suing Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. for allegedly cutting it out of a $4 billion Army contract, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The suit was filed in San Jose, Calif. in ...

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Opinion: Creating opportunities for all businesses is the right thing to do

For years, minority and women-owned business enterprises (MBEs and WBEs) have received fewer opportunities than comparable white/male owned businesses to develop and grow their businesses. Internal factors, including lack of experience and management training, have diminished the capacity of many ...

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CSA publishes case overturning firing of officer who used pepper spray

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff unlawfully discharged one of his deputies for allegedly using excessive force and making untruthful statements to investigators, the Court of Special Appeals has held. Evidence that the deputy used pepper spray to subdue a violent ...

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Eviction notices may be homeless

Are sheriffs in Baltimore City required to post eviction notices on the individual apartment doors of tenants living in multi-unit buildings? Jonathan M. Smith, executive director of the Public Justice Center, accuses the Baltimore City sheriff’s office of backing a ...

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