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Md. court sets framework for resolving frozen-embryo disputes

A divorcing couple’s fight over the fate of their frozen pre-embryo will return to trial after Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Thursday that a judge’s decision to await an agreement between the warring spouses was premature because the wife wants to ...

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Md. high court faults CSI effect instruction, overturns conviction

A judge’s television crime drama-inspired jury instruction that prosecutors need not present forensic evidence to prove guilt was a harmful error, Maryland’s top court ruled Friday in overturning a man’s robbery and assault conviction and 30-year prison sentence. In its ...

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Court revives Cumberland zoo’s defamation claim against PETA

A Cumberland zoo can pursue its defamation claim against an animal rights group that blogged about its federal lawsuit alleging the facility mistreated animals, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled last week. In its unreported decision, the Court of Special Appeals said ...

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Hogan defends anti-BDS order against free speech challenge in 4th Circuit

Counsel for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told a federal appeals court Thursday that his order requiring bidders for state contracts to forswear boycotts against Israel does not violate the constitutional right of a software engineer seeking government work to freely ...

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Gun group makes last bid for justices’ review of Md. bump stock ban

Maryland cannot avoid its constitutional obligation to financially compensate gun owners for having forced them to surrender what had been lawfully possessed devices to make their firearms fire faster just because they had become “politically unpopular property,” a gun rights ...

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4th Circuit revives Baltimore’s lawsuit against drug maker

A federal appeals court has revived Baltimore’s lawsuit to recover the hundreds of thousands of dollars the city claims to have overpaid for blood-pressure pills because the drug’s manufacturer illegally cornered the market. Baltimore claims Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.’s failure to ...

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Md. high court hears PG town’s appeal of national origin bias ruling

An attorney for Riverdale Park urged Maryland’s top court Monday to overturn a ruling that the Prince George’s County town illegally discriminated against a Palestinian-American towing company owner in awarding a towing contract. Riverdale Park’s decision to bypass Mamoun Ashkar’s ...

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Parent cannot sue based on co-parent’s criticism, Md. appeals court says

One parent’s incessant and insulting criticism of the other to their child does not give rise to a compensable claim of intentional interference with parental relations by the criticized parent, even if the child does not want to visit him ...

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