federal court

Nov 29, 2021

Jobless Marylanders file federal lawsuit over delays in unemployment benefits

A group of unemployed Marylanders has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against state Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson, claiming that the problems they faced in receiving jobless benefits violate federal law. The group, which filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Maryland, is also seeking an injunction that would force Maryland’s Department of Labor […]

Mar 11, 2020

Federal courts in Md. to delay jury trials, restrict entry

Federal courts in Maryland will postpone jury trials beginning Monday and are restricting entry to individuals with travel history or contacts that place them at risk of contracting coronavirus. U.S. District Chief Judge James K. Bredar said Thursday afternoon that he expects to issue a standing order delaying all jury trials, civil and criminal, until April […]

Feb 21, 2018

Maryland opioid plaintiffs differ on choice of federal or state court

A handful of jurisdictions in Maryland have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors making substantially similar allegations but they have differed in their choice of forum, with some opting to file in state court and others filing federal actions. The plaintiffs that have filed or will file in federal court do so with the […]

Aug 31, 2017

Guatemalan lawsuit against Hopkins, researchers over STD infections proceeds

A federal judge Thursday denied a motion to dismiss a $1 billion lawsuit brought by hundreds of Guatemalans against researchers they allege intentionally infected them with sexually transmitted diseases more than 60 years ago without their knowledge or consent. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis found the 842 plaintiffs made a sufficient case under the […]

Feb 17, 2015

Justice Dept. to appeal stay of immigration order

The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.

Aug 14, 2014

Four accused of $1M scam against FTI Consulting

A federal grand jury has indicted four people, including two from Maryland, in connection with a scheme to steal more than $1 million from global security consulting firm FTI Consulting Inc.

Jul 31, 2014

Federal judge goes to the videotape, dismisses lawsuit

Sounding like an NFL referee, a judge dismissed a woman’s claim that a bus driver’s negligence caused her to trip and fall after viewing a video showing she fell on her own.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended confirmation of Pamela Harris, of Potomac, a visiting professor at Georgetown Law, to the 4th Circuit. (Photo courtesy of Brent Futrell/Georgetown Law.)
Jul 28, 2014

Senate confirms Harris to 4th Circuit

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted 50-43 to confirm Pamela A. Harris to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which reviews federal district court decisions in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Jul 24, 2014

Former MdTA officer awarded $130K in sexual harassment case

A federal jury has awarded more than $127,000 to a former Maryland Transportation Authority police officer who alleged she was sexually harassed by her instructor while in police academy and then fired for complaining about her treatment to superiors.

Sen. Brian Frosh
Jul 22, 2014

Federal judge hears challenge to Md. ban on dozens of assault weapons

A state ban on certain assault-style weapons and magazines advances Maryland’s interest in public safety, a lawyer for the state argued Tuesday in seeking to throw out a challenge to the law.

Jun 18, 2014

Board approves settlement in gender discrimination, harassment suit

Two top state officials express concern over the continued to employee a state park ranger who has been implicated in other sexual harassment and gender discrimination complaints.

Oct 2, 2013

NSA chief admits testing U.S. cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON — National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander revealed Wednesday that his spy agency once tested whether it could track Americans’ cell phone locations, in addition to its practice of sweeping broad information about calls made. Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on proposed reforms […]

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