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Jun 17, 2016

Study: As ADR grows in Md., courts, participants reap benefits

OCEAN CITY – Court-affiliated alternative dispute resolution has grown quickly in Maryland since its inception several decades ago, with more than 70 individual ADR programs currently able to handle family law, civil and criminal cases from the district courts to the Court of Special Appeals. An extensive statewide study examining these programs has found ADR’s […]

Jun 16, 2016

MSBA session examines when lawyers’ speech leads to disciplinary hearings

OCEAN CITY – When you’re a lawyer, the First Amendment’s protections only go so far toward safeguarding your right to speak freely, a panel of legal professionals said Thursday. During part of a session titled “What Do You Mean That’s Unethical?” at the Maryland State Bar Association’s annual meeting, attorneys and judges discussed several cases […]

Jun 15, 2016

It’s not Old Bay, it’s … Biscayne Bay

Line up a container of McCormick & Co.’s Old Bay next to a package of Florida-based spicemaker Badia Spices Inc.’s “Biscayne Bay Seafood Seasoning,” and you might think you’re seeing double.

Jun 14, 2016

MSBA conference forecast: Lots of programs, lots of people

As the Maryland State Bar Association’s 2016 Joint Bench/Bar Conference begins Wednesday in Ocean City, hundreds of attorneys, judges and legal professionals will gather for sessions on a range of issues, from veterans’ courts and attorney grievance complaints to voir dire and technology in the courtroom. The meeting, held at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, […]

Jun 9, 2016

Lawsuit against Talbot County schools alleges discrimination, retaliation

A former Talbot County school manager has filed a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the county school system, alleging he was fired after he complained that his supervisor frequently harassed him and used “racially derogatory” language to intimidate him. Barry Belle, who served as Easton Middle School’s school manager from July 2014 until April 2015, […]

Jun 8, 2016

Keeping an eye on associate salary hikes

Will associate salary hikes at New York firms have a ripple effect in the legal industry across the country?

Jun 7, 2016

Md. court upholds dismissal of former Rite Aid counsel’s civil suit

The Court of Special Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former general counsel for Rite Aid Corp. alleging the actions of several Baltimore attorneys delayed a resentencing hearing related to his fraud conviction and extended his home detention by two months. Franklin C. Brown, who was convicted in 2003 of […]

Jun 3, 2016

Lawsuit alleges Prince George’s Co. police unlawfully arrested minor

A Prince George’s County woman who alleges her underage son was unlawfully arrested and detained without cause by county police has filed a $1 million lawsuit. Six county police officers searched Latisa Holmes’ Forestville apartment in August without a warrant or probable cause and arrested her son, Shermar, without reading him his rights or allowing […]

May 31, 2016

Lawsuit: Doctors’ errors left Md. woman in coma after giving birth

A Montgomery County woman has filed a federal lawsuit against several hospitals and doctors, alleging she suffered cardiac arrest and slipped into a coma because her health care providers failed to order appropriate treatments despite knowing her pregnancy was high-risk.

May 26, 2016

Md. high court indefinitely suspends attorney who mismanaged trust account

The state’s top court has indefinitely suspended a Baltimore lawyer who mismanaged her attorney trust account and failed to protect her clients’ interests while she was absent from her law office due to an illness. Erica S. White also did not comply with the terms of a conditional diversion agreement that resulted from an investigation […]

May 24, 2016

Court of Appeals disbars Baltimore Co. bankruptcy attorney

The Court of Appeals has disbarred a Baltimore County bankruptcy attorney who defrauded his bank by knowingly turning a blind eye to the misconduct of his employees and failing to monitor his firm’s accounts. Wayne Gordon Gracey, who was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1985, also failed to return unearned fees to clients, allowed […]

May 23, 2016

Baltimore Co. jury awards $1.25M in med-spa business dispute

A Baltimore County jury has awarded more than $1.25 million to a woman who alleged she was cheated out of her share of the profits of a medical spa she jointly owned and operated with a Baltimore plastic surgeon and his wife. Dawn Richardson alleged Michael and Shari Cohen told her the Towson medical spa […]

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