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A CSX train engine sits idle on tracks in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. A fifth rail union has approved its deal with the freight railroads to secure 24% raises and $5,000 in bonuses and a sixth one is set to vote Thursday. But all 12 rail unions must ratify their contracts to prevent a strike. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Jun 2, 2023

Baltimore poised to settle CSX lawsuit over water main break that derailed train

Baltimore's spending board will vote on a proposed settlement to end a lawsuit brought by CSX over a major water main failure that caused a train derailment in 2019.

Jan 9, 2020

City opposes paying full settlement to woman who sued over ‘gag orders’

Despite public assurances that the city will no longer impose or enforce clauses restricting speech in police misconduct settlement agreements, Baltimore is arguing that it should not have to pay the woman whose federal lawsuit prompted the policy change. Ashley Overbey Underwood, who received only half of her $63,000 settlement in 2014 under the nondisparagement […]

Oct 22, 2019

City law department recommends $40K settlement for unarmed man shot by police

The Baltimore Board of Estimates is set to approve a $40,000 payment Wednesday for a man who was shot by police in 2014 while he was unarmed and fleeing the scene of a burglary. Michael Johansen sued four officers and former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts in federal court in 2015. The case was dismissed […]

Baltimore City Hall
Apr 16, 2019

Baltimore seeks injunction against federal family planning rule

Baltimore has filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent a federal regulation from being implemented in the city that would prohibit family planning clinics receiving federal money from making abortion referrals. The federal Title X program, enacted in 1970, makes family planning services available to low-income individuals for free or at low cost. […]

Apr 4, 2019

Baltimore files second class complaint against banks in federal court

Baltimore joined plaintiffs from around the country this week by filing a federal lawsuit in New York alleging a price-fixing conspiracy by banks that purchase and sell debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The city’s potential class-action suit is being consolidated with seven others, filed by pension funds, and alleges banks colluded to fix […]

Mar 26, 2019

Baltimore files potential class action against banks, alleges rate fixing

Baltimore filed a potential class action lawsuit in New York Monday against a group of banks the city says conspired to fix interest rates of variable rate demand obligations, or VRDOs. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges Bank of America, Barclays, BMO, Citi, Fifth Third, Goldman Sachs, […]

Dec 26, 2018

Trump administration moves to dismiss Baltimore’s ACA lawsuit

The Trump administration filed a motion Monday seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of cities, including Baltimore, critical of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Baltimore, Columbus, Cincinnati and Chicago filed suit in August alleging the Trump administration “intentionally sabotaged” the ACA by discouraging enrollment, raising prices and misappropriating f[...]

Sep 12, 2018

Baltimore sues Charm City Circulator operator for overbilling $20M

Baltimore is suing the operator of the free Charm City Circulator, alleging the company overcharged the city more than $20 million for passenger transport.

Jul 27, 2018

Baltimore seeks ruling on indemnifying Gun Trace Task Force officers

Baltimore's lawyers are formally asking a judge to declare the city does not have to indemnify any of the Gun Trace Task Force officers in civil lawsuits being filed against them for the actions underlying their convictions.

Jul 13, 2018

Baltimore to seek ruling on indemnification for Gun Trace Task Force lawsuits

The Baltimore City Law Department plans to file a motion in the coming weeks arguing the city does not have to indemnify any of the Gun Trace Task Force officers named as defendants in civil lawsuits.

Oct 15, 2017

Baltimore native Davis eager to guide hometown through consent decree as new city solicitor

As Baltimore native Andre M. Davis watched the city negotiate a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice in the waning days of the Obama administration, he was thinking about a job opportunity he had recently turned down: running the city’s Law Department. Davis, then a senior judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court […]

Baltimore City Hall
Sep 20, 2017

Former interim Baltimore City Law Department head to leave office

The attorney who led the Baltimore City Law Department during the finalization of the consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice will leave city government at the end of the month, according to an announcement Tuesday. David E. Ralph was deputy city solicitor when George Nilson was fired in the waning days of former mayor […]

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