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THE PROFESSIONWomen Lawyers, Especially Moms, No Longer Think They Can Have It AllAlmost Half Polled in ABA Survey Say Taking Leave for Kids Hinders AdvancementWomen attorneys are significantly less optimistic about their career opportunities than they were in 1983, a ...

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DWI Conviction Affirmed Despite Inaccurate ‘Advice of Rights’ Form

A jury can consider the results of breath or blood alcohol tests as proof that a driver was intoxicated, even if the defendant is not charged with the more specific crime of driving while intoxicated per se, the Court of ...

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ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: I Am Dracula; Welcome to My Lawsuit

We recently negotiated a license with a movie studio to obtain rights to use the nefarious Count Dracula in a series of television commercials. A license was necessary because the Count was depicted in a motion picture entitled “Dracula” and ...

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Plaintiffs Seek to Combine 10 Big Tobacco SuitsLawyers for plaintiffs in 10 lawsuits against Big Tobacco have asked a federal judge in New York to consolidate all punitive damage cases into a nationwide class-action suit. Judge Jack B. Weinstein ordered ...

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Churches in High-Stakes Holy War

A tense crowd filled the Annapolis courtroom yesterday, an hour before the state’s highest court was to hear a case that will determine ownership of an estimated $40 million worth of church property and, some say, will affect the future ...

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Sympathy, Yes; Right to Trial, No: CSA Affirms Dismissal of Doctor

A hospital’s right to immunity for actions taken by its medical peer review committee outweighs unfairness to a doctor who claims she was treated more harshly than her male counterparts, the Court of Special Appeals held yesterday.The court held that ...

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Virginia Utility Hits Deregulation

A Virginia electricity supplier has sued Maryland in federal court, alleging the state’s deregulation statute violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution because it blocks the utility from competing for customers in Maryland.Dominion Energy Direct Sales Inc., an affiliate ...

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Husband’s Lost Cause

Jeffrey R. Lapides went to court claiming his ex-wife’s lesbian partner slowly undermined his relationship with his teen-age daughter. She told the girl not to talk to him or obey him and interfered with their planned visits together, he said, ...

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‘Reasonable’ Implied in Fee Clause

Despite a provision in a separation agreement allowing recovery of attorneys’ fees, a man who prevailed against his former wife on a breach of contract action could not just submit his lawyer’s bills to the court and expect the judge ...

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Jury’s Award Against Doctor Was ‘Satisfied,’ Not $0.00, CSA Holds

A Prince George’s County doctor who was found liable for medical malpractice cannot escape having judgment entered against him even though the damages were less than the amount the hospital’s owner paid the plaintiff to settle the case before trial, ...

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