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Dec 23, 2013

Privilege trumps ill will in complaint to AGC

Lawyers have an absolute privilege against claims of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress when speaking ill of a colleague against whom they intend to file — and do file — an attorney grievance complaint, a Maryland appeals court has held.

Dec 23, 2013

Editorial Advisory Board: When the third time is not a charm

The Maryland Open Meetings Act requires all public bodies to meet in open session unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise.

Dec 23, 2013

Del. Cardin proposes concussion pilot program

ANNAPOLIS — Del. Jon Cardin is proposing a pilot program to test how well athletic helmet impact sensors work for high school athletes. Cardin announced Monday he plans to introduce legislation to create the program. He says the cost of the program and the impact sensors would be paid for by the sensor manufacturers to […]

Dec 22, 2013

Marathon to finish: Stores stay open as holiday shopping hits wire

NEW YORK — Some stores are ending the holiday shopping season the same way they began it — with round-the-clock, marathon shopping hours. Kohl’s for the first time is staying open for essentially five days straight, from 6 a.m. last Friday through 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Macy’s and Kmart are opening some of their […]

Dec 22, 2013

Jury awards black D.C. officers $425K for retaliation

WASHINGTON — A federal jury has for the second time ruled in favor of five black District of Columbia police officers who said they were retaliated against after raising allegations of racial discrimination. The jury awarded the officers $425,000 in damages, and a judge is expected to assign back pay and attorneys’ fees, said their […]

Dec 20, 2013

BlackBerry posts $4.4B loss, but CEO still eyes turnaround

TORONTO — BlackBerry reported a massive $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter and a 56 percent drop in revenue in its first quarterly report under new chairman and chief executive John Chen. Despite the results, Chen said on a conference call with analysts that BlackBerry “has a really good shot” of turning a profit […]

Dec 20, 2013

Utah bank to close Columbia-based unit

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has been notified by a Utah-based bank that on Feb. 20, 2014, it will close its mortgage division, located at 9250 Rumsey Road in Columbia, laying off 11 employees.

Dec 20, 2013

Md. health insurer extends deadline for sign up

Maryland’s health benefit exchange has announced that an insurer has agreed to extend the deadline to sign up for coverage effective Jan. 1. The exchange announced Friday that the Evergreen Health Co-op agreed to extend the deadline to Dec. 31. The exchange also says it is awaiting further confirmation of additional deadline extensions from other […]

Dec 20, 2013

Realities of Real Estate: Big picture on real estate

Like politics, all real estate is local. As a result, we frequently stay pretty close to home in our coverage of housing.

Dec 20, 2013

Obama sees surging health care sign-ups

WASHINGTON — His health care plan facing a dicey transition, President Barack Obama said Friday that insurance sign-ups are surging now that the government’s website is working better for consumers. A total of more than 1 million people have enrolled since Oct. 1, Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference. That’s a jump from Nov. […]

Dec 20, 2013

Sinclair hires TV newsman Kai Jackson

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., of Hunt Valley, one of the nation’s largest television broadcasting companies, announced the hiring of Kai Jackson, a well-known TV journalist in Baltimore.

Dec 20, 2013

Md. adds 8,900 jobs, unemployment down to 6.4 percent

Maryland added 8,900 jobs in November, bringing the state unemployment rate down to 6.4 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. The private sector created 6,600 of those jobs, while the public sector added 2,300. Maryland has seen a year-over-year increase in jobs of 1.3 percent. Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the latest employment numbers from […]

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