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Feb 19, 2014

‘Mockingbird’ author settles museum suit

“To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee has settled the federal lawsuit she filed against a museum in her south Alabama hometown over its sale of souvenirs featuring her name and the title of her book, court documents show.

Aug 1, 2013

Terraces offer respite from workaday stress

Jim Astrachan apologizes for the condition of his three tomato plants. “I haven’t been able to water them over the weekend … so they don’t look too great,” Astrachan said recently, standing on a balcony outside his law office on East Redwood Street, 21 stories above downtown Baltimore.

May 17, 2013

Edward J. Levin: New law relates to IDOTs, refinancings

Recent Maryland legislation will change the law affecting indemnity mortgages and indemnity deeds of trust (“IDOTs”) as well as refinancings in this state generally. Effective July 1, the new law raises the size of loan transactions involving IDOTs which are taxable when they are recorded from $1 million to $3 million, and it changes the way refinancings in Maryland are taxed.

Mar 19, 2013

Senate committee hears debate over contributory negligence legislation

Business lobbyists and plaintiffs’ attorneys battled before a Senate committee Tuesday over legislation that would codify Maryland’s longstanding court-made law that defendants cannot be held liable for damages if the plaintiffs’ negligence contributed at all to their injuries.

Mar 4, 2013

Attorney general urges court to reconsider decision in tax case

The Maryland Attorney General’s office is threatening a Supreme Court fight if the state’s top court does not reconsider its ruling in a recent income tax case.

Feb 21, 2013

Suit: Deal was just too funky

As a member of the legendary funk band Parliament Funkadelic, Garry Marshall Shider — known professionally as “Diaper Man” for the loincloth he wore on stage — penned nearly 400 songs and sold millions of recordings before his death in 2010. But his widow says his business dealings with a music publishing company left him “destitute and desperately in need of money,” and she wants the [...]

Nov 18, 2012

Law movers – 11/19/12

David B. Rudow, member of Baltimore’s Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC has been named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Baltimore Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers is known as the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as a Lawyer of the Year. Rudow also was included in the tax law and tr[...]

Sep 23, 2012

Opinions – 9/24/12: Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Criminal Procedure Criteria for continuance BOTTOM LINE: The trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant’s continuance to obtain exculpatory evidence, because defendant did not meet his burden to show that he satisfied the criteria set forth in Jackson v. State, 214 Md. 454, 459 (1957). CASE: Davis v. State, No. 953, September […]

Sep 23, 2012

Opinions – 9/24/12: 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Administrative Law Civil commitment BOTTOM LINE: District court erred in rejecting government’s petition to commit defendant as “sexually dangerous person” under civil commitment provision of child protection statute, because record contained substantial evidence showing that defendant still had intense and recurrent sexual fantasies about children, and district court’s conclusion that def[...]

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