Oct 16, 2011

Woman wins $1M after losing Cambridge farmhouse

A Dorchester County jury has awarded a woman more than $1 million in damages after a couple buying her family’s Cambridge farm property failed to hand over the title to the farmhouse as promised. Wendy Ashburn had fought her three siblings and four of their children who wanted to sell the roughly 235-acre property because […]

Sep 11, 2011

Opinions – 9/12/11: Court of Special Appeals

Commercial Law Damages BOTTOM LINE: In a suit over deceptive trade practices, because plaintiff received the relief he requested on his individual claims, his class action suit was moot and, as a matter of law, plaintiff was not entitled to punitive damages or injunctive relief. CASE: Frazier v. Castle Ford, Ltd, No. 1767, Sept. Term, […]

Aug 29, 2011

Judge limits actress’ damages in ‘Desperate Housewives’ case

LOS ANGELES — A judge has limited the damages actress Nicollette Sheridan may receive if she wins a wrongful termination lawsuit filed over her ouster from “Desperate Housewives.” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White ruled Monday that Sheridan can seek damages for only one year’s pay on the show, not for the entire […]

Aug 22, 2011

MedImmune sues Abbott over distribution agreement

Pharmaceutical company MedImmune Inc. has filed a lawsuit claiming a breach of contract against Abbott International LLC over the international distribution of a new generation respiratory drug. MedImmune, a division of U.K.-based AstraZeneca PLC, and Illinois-based Abbott have had an agreement in place since 1997 for the international distribution rights of Synagis, a treatment for […]

Aug 9, 2011

Regulator sues Goldman Sachs over risky mortgages

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. regulator of credit unions is suing Goldman Sachs & Co. for more than $491 million in damages over losses incurred by five failed wholesale credit unions that bought mortgage-backed securities from the investment bank. The National Credit Union Administration filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los […]

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 […]

Apr 22, 2011

Frederick woman seeks $10M for jailed daughter’s suicide

FREDERICK — A Frederick woman is seeking $10 million in damages from Frederick County following her daughter’s jailhouse suicide. Tobie Hosie’s lawyer sent a claim notice to county commissioners earlier this month as a precursor to a civil lawsuit. Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said Thursday that the claim has no merit. It stems from the Oct. […]

Apr 3, 2011

Cardiac patient’s family wins $1.5M verdict

A Baltimore jury has awarded almost $1.5 million to the family of a 67-year-old Rosedale woman who died a few months after undergoing what was supposed to be low-risk heart surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After four days of trial in the city circuit court last week, the six-member panel deliberated Thursday afternoon and Friday […]

Mar 30, 2011

Jury awards $1 to bystander in bar bust

A Baltimore jury has awarded just $1 to one of four city men who were frisked and detained for about an hour in a Westside bar while a half-dozen police arrested another patron on charges that were dropped later. The six jurors — three men, three women, three black and three white — decided Detective […]

Mar 20, 2011

Opinions – U.S. District Court: 3/21/11

Evidence Expert testimony BOTTOM LINE: Testimony of expert witness, a fire investigator, was excluded because investigator did not meet the generally accepted standards of fire investigation and he did not satisfy the requirements of testing and ruling out of other hypotheses. CASE: Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company v. Tecumseh Products Company, Civil No. JKB-09-2811 (decided March […]

Jan 18, 2011

Marine’s family sues police for $270M

The family of a Marine shot dead by an off-duty Baltimore police officer outside a nightclub last June has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the officer and the police department, claiming the incident was preventable and seeking millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages. The suit, brought on behalf of Tyrone Brown’s widow, children […]

Jan 18, 2011

Rules committee examines comparative fault

Veteran business lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano said he is not fooled by the Maryland Court of Appeals’ call for a mere study on whether it can change by rule the legal standard that bars plaintiffs in personal injury cases from recovering damages if they are partially at fault. Bereano said he believes the high court’s […]

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