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Nov 15, 2016

Patient’s wife sues UMMS for not providing interpreter

A deaf woman who alleges the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center refused to provide her with a qualified sign language interpreter while her late husband was undergoing cancer treatments has filed suit against the University of Maryland Medical System. Patricia Ganzzermiller instead had to rely on her sick husband to communicate with his […]

Nov 14, 2016

Baltimore Co. family files wrongful death lawsuit over daughter’s suicide in jail

The parents of a woman who committed suicide in 2013 while in custody at the Baltimore County Detention Center have filed a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit, alleging staffers ignored their daughter’s unstable mental condition and placed her in solitary confinement instead of providing her with necessary treatment. Correctional staff confined Ashleigh Gelin, who suffered […]

Nov 9, 2016

$1.25M settlement reached in Anne Arundel Co. crash suit

A lawsuit filed by a Severna Park man who was in a coma for nine days after his car was hit by an alleged drunk driver has settled for $1.25 million. David Saul was driving his Ford Focus on Chestnut Tree Drive in Cape St. Claire, a suburb of Annapolis, at about 11:30 p.m. on July […]

Donald Tobin, Ronald Weich
Nov 7, 2016

Md. law schools see slight improvement in bar exam passage rates

For the second straight year, about 63 percent of those who took the Maryland bar exam in July passed the test, the first indication that the recent downward trend in the passage rate might be coming to an end. In another positive sign for the state’s two law schools, the portion of graduates of the […]

Nov 4, 2016

Solo and small firm attorneys advised to think about their legacy

While planning for retirement is a given for most attorneys, planning for a sudden disaster like death or disability is likely not at the forefront of many professionals’ minds. But for lawyers running solo or small firms, it’s essential to be prepared for the worst, attorney Kevin F. Bress, a member at Pessin Katz Law […]

Nov 4, 2016

Chrome extension will aid in expunging cases

The creator of the MD Expungement app is working on an update that will allow users to expunge records while remaining on the case search website.

Nov 3, 2016

Safeway to pay $27K to settle EEOC lawsuit

Safeway Inc. has agreed to pay $27,000 and reinstate a former food clerk at the company’s Westminster store to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the clerk, who alleged she was fired after requesting an accommodation due to a work-related injury. The EEOC alleged Safeway refused to […]

Nov 1, 2016

Attorney sanctions fell last year despite rise in number of lawyers

The number of Maryland attorneys who received disciplinary sanctions during the last fiscal year fell to average levels after surging in fiscal 2015, according to the Attorney Grievance Commission. After the number of disbarred attorneys rose almost 70 percent from fiscal 2014 to 2015, that figure fell 34 percent last year, to 29 lawyers, according […]

Oct 31, 2016

Ober|Kaler to merge with Baker Donelson

Baltimore-based business law firm Ober|Kaler announced Monday that it plans to merge with Tennessee-based Baker Donelson on Jan. 1. The combined firm will keep the name Baker Donelson and will become one of the 50 largest law firms in the country, with more than 800 attorneys and advisers in nine states and Washington, D.C., the […]

Oct 28, 2016

Md. court disbars lawyer who neglected multiple clients

The state’s top court has disbarred a lawyer who “flagrantly neglected” clients in two separate matters and failed to cooperate with the attorney disciplinary process. In a unanimous opinion filed Thursday, the Court of Appeals explained its reasons for disbarring Mark Howard Allenbaugh by per curiam order earlier this month. The disciplinary proceedings originally stemmed […]

Oct 27, 2016

UB Law human trafficking project receives $466K grant

The project will partner with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service to create a statewide pro bono program that will provide post-conviction legal help to human trafficking survivors.

Oct 26, 2016

Towson law firm sued over debt collection practices

A Towson law firm is being sued over alleged violations of consumer protection laws by a woman who claims the firm attempted to collect a judgment on a debt she owed by garnishing her wages using an illegal post-judgment interest rate. Blibaum & Associates P.A. informed Bryione K. Moore that it would be collecting post-judgment […]

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