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Apr 23, 2012

Top court reinstates gun conviction

The Office of the Maryland Attorney General got just part of what it wanted Monday, when the state’s highest court revived a gun-possession conviction but declined to revisit an earlier ruling against asking potential jurors questions to combat the “CSI effect.” The Court of Appeals said Reginald Stringfellow’s trial attorney, who had objected to asking […]

Mar 29, 2012

Tree service fined $10K for unpermitted clearing

The Maryland attorney general’s office says a Pasadena tree service has been fined $10,000 for clearing trees without a permit in a critical area. Attorney General Doug Gansler’s office said Thursday that Steve J. Everd, Jr., the owner of Branching Out Tree Service, pleaded guilty to the unpermitted clearing of a privately owned waterfront property […]

Feb 13, 2012

Court orders confirmed for DNR tracking devices

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Attorney General’s office has confirmed that the Department of Natural Resources sought court orders allowing the placement of tracking devices on the boats of watermen. State lawmakers had asked the department to provide evidence that DNR acted lawfully in its investigation into possible natural resources violations. The Star Democrat of Easton […]

Feb 9, 2012

Delaware joins in foreclosure settlement

One day after saying he was not ready to sign onto a proposed settlement between the nation’s attorneys general and five banks over alleged foreclosure abuses, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced the state will join the pact. In a statement issued Thursday, Biden said the settlement is not perfect but is significantly better than […]

Jan 18, 2012

Light bulb recycler pleads guilty in Maryland mercury case

Maryland’s attorney general says his office is seeking prison time and significant fines for a fluorescent light bulb recycler who pleaded guilty to mercury handling violations. Doug Gansler announced Wednesday that 50-year-old Glen Wright Smith of Owings pleaded guilty to 10 felony counts. Smith is to be sentenced Feb. 29 in Anne Arundel County Circuit […]

Jan 5, 2012

Gansler announces mortgage rate settlement

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has announced an agreement with Wells Fargo relating to allegedly deceptive marketing of adjustable rate mortgages written by companies it acquired in 2008. Gansler said Thursday the settlement involves mortgages written by Wachovia and Golden West Financial. Gansler says the settlement will create loan modifications for some customers. He also […]

Jan 4, 2012

Stirring up a fight, Obama names consumer watchdog

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Defying Republican lawmakers, President Barack Obama on Wednesday barreled by the Senate and installed a national consumer watchdog on his own, provoking GOP threats of a constitutional showdown in the courts. Setting a fierce tone in the election-year fight for middle-class voters, Obama said: “I refuse to take ‘no’ for an […]

Dec 22, 2011

Suitland woman gets 2 years for workers comp fraud

LAS VEGAS — A Maryland woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for worker’s compensation fraud devised during a 2006 stay at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Nevada Attorney General’s office said Wednesday that 45-year-old Tamara Thompson-Johnson of Suitland will also have to pay $20,000 restitution. Surveillance video shows Thompson-Johnson talking […]

Dec 16, 2011

Judge dismisses State Center countersuit

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge Friday dismissed a $100 million countersuit filed by the state Department of General Services against a group of plaintiffs suing to halt the mega State Center development based on charges that the state violated its own procurement laws in hiring the developer. Judge Althea M. Handy ruled two days […]

Oct 28, 2011

Gansler says mineral-rights leases may endanger homes

HAGERSTOWN — Maryland’s attorney general is urging people in the western part of the state to check with their mortgage lender before signing a mineral-rights lease. Douglas Gansler says some federally approved mortgages have requirements that conflict with mineral-rights leases. He says property owners who are considering a mineral-rights lease should have their bank or […]

Sep 6, 2011

Auto-warranty firm fights $25M order from Maryland Attorney General

US Fidelis Inc., once the nation’s largest provider of after-market auto warranties but now embroiled in bankruptcy, is challenging the Maryland Attorney General’s order that it pay more than $25 million in restitution and penalties. The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division found that the Missouri-based firm cheated nearly 17,000 Marylanders, in part by selling them […]

Aug 11, 2011

Maryland health club owner charged

The Maryland Attorney General’s office said its Consumer Protection Division filed administrative charges against GRS Fitness LLC and its owner, Bernard P. Caplan Jr., alleging that they arbitrarily discontinued services at a health club in Essex. Other charges include making false and misleading statements to consumers in regard to their cancellation rights, offering and charging […]

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