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May 1, 2011

‘Disloyal’ worker keeps $1M fee award

A Bethesda real estate brokerage won a breach-of-contract battle with a former employee but lost the nearly $1 million war over attorneys’ fees. Maryland’s top court affirmed a $946,014.50 award in legal fees to brokerage manager Dorothy C. “Dottie” Faust, though she was found liable for $250,000 in damages for disloyalty to her former employer, […]

Apr 24, 2011

Attorneys’ fees in FLSA case could put Baltimore bar owner out of business

Pooling tips with bartenders at his two South Baltimore taverns might well put Jason Zink out of business. No, the recession has not made those shared gratuities too few to sustain him, and no, it’s not because the Don’t Know and No Idea taverns hold themselves out to be gathering places for Boston Red Sox […]

Mar 27, 2011

Lawyer disbarred for client neglect, unearned $1,000 fee

Maryland’s top court has unanimously disbarred an attorney who solicited business from a defendant in a civil suit and did absolutely nothing to represent him, even after collecting a $1,000 fee. Andrew Gregory De La Paz — who had offices in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties — also failed to open an estate despite […]

Feb 7, 2011

Using Excel for settlement negotiations

Telling a client that the defendant’s insurer wants to settle their case for $250,000 is equivalent to explaining the intricacies of res judicata — it is usually meaningless. In order for a client to make an informed choice about whether to settle their case, they have to know where the money is going and, most […]

Jan 17, 2011

Court denies attorney’s fees to victorious litigant

A federal appeals court has denied attorney’s fees to an Irish national who took the U.S. government to court in a successful effort to gain American citizenship. Andrew Peter Cody, a 2009 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, did not qualify for the fees under the federal Equal Access to Justice Act because the government’s opposition to […]

Nov 14, 2010

Case Digest: November 15, 2010

Administrative Law, Timeliness of appeal: Petition for an administrative hearing was properly rejected as time barred because it was filed more than 180 days after notice of the agency’s final decision. Carven v. State Retirement & Pension System of Maryland, No. 58, Sept. Term, 2009. Civil Procedure, Certiorari jurisdiction: Because the Court of Special Appeals […]

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