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Oct 4, 2016

Judge approves Ganslers’ bankruptcy shift to liquidate assets

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered that the bankruptcy status of the father and stepmother of Maryland’s former attorney general be converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7, allowing for liquidation of the couple’s assets to pay off their debts. Jacques Gansler, who served in the Department of Defense under former President Bill Clinton, and […]

Oct 4, 2016

EEOC alleges manufacturer fired employee who complained of harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a federal lawsuit against a Havre de Grace plastics manufacturing company, alleging it fired a temporary worker after she complained of sexual harassment. Carrie Vargas was assigned by a temporary employment agency to work at Plastipak Packaging Inc.’s Havre de Grace facility as a materials handler in 2014, […]

Oct 3, 2016

Md. court disbars attorney who fabricated evidence to hide ‘lack of competence’

A Baltimore County attorney who failed to competently represent two clients and then obstructed the disciplinary process by ignoring requests for information from Bar Counsel and misrepresenting the work she completed for clients has been disbarred by the state’s top court. In a unanimous opinion filed on Friday, the Court of Appeals explained its reasons […]

Oct 2, 2016

MSBA practice management expert Pat Yevics retires

Pat Yevics, who shaped how the Maryland State Bar Association helps solo attorneys and small firms set up successful practices, retired as director of law office management assistance on Friday after nearly 25 years in the role. Although she hasn’t left the association completely — after a month off, Yevics will return for a six-month, […]

Sep 28, 2016

$4M lawsuit alleges Baltimore correctional officers beat inmate

A $4 million excessive force lawsuit filed Wednesday against the state of Maryland alleges several correctional officers at a high-security facility in Baltimore assaulted five inmates in retaliation for a fight that broke out the previous night. The officers then attempted to cover up the beatings by forcing at least one of the prisoners, plaintiff […]

Sep 27, 2016

Anne Arundel Co. school administrator alleges race discrimination

A black Anne Arundel County public school administrator  has filed suit against the county board of education, alleging his supervisor told him he “intimidated” his staff and students’ parents before demoting him because of his race. While Michael Lyons was serving as principal of Meade Middle School in 2014, his supervisor, assistant superintendent Ray Bibeault, […]

Sep 23, 2016

Md. Judiciary opens Eastern Shore walk-in legal center

The center will be staffed by two attorneys equipped to provide legal advice and information relating to areas of law such as landlord/tenant issues and debt collection.

Sep 22, 2016

Pro Bono Resource Center to launch legal Q&A website

As part of a national project under the umbrella of the American Bar Association, the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland will launch a website Oct. 6 where attorneys will be able to give pro bono, limited scope legal help by answering questions posed by low-income residents. Maryland is one of about 40 states that […]

Sep 22, 2016

Civil Justice to host free legal clinics for former ITT Tech students

Legal services organization Civil Justice Inc. will host free student loan discharge clinics next week for students impacted by the close of the for-profit ITT Technical Institutes, which were shut down several weeks ago after being sanctioned by the federal government. The clinics, which will be held at the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County […]

Sep 20, 2016

EEOC accuses M&T Bank of ADA violation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a federal lawsuit alleging M&T Bank violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing a bank branch manager because she took short-term disability leave during her pregnancy. When Candace McCollin attempted to take advantage of M&T Bank’s redeployment services, the bank refused to provide her with a reasonable accommodation [&he[...]

Sep 19, 2016

Excessive force lawsuit against Prince George’s officers moves forward

A lawsuit filed by a man who alleged several Prince George’s County police officers used excessive force when they shot him to stop a car that he was riding in can move forward, a federal judge has ruled. Darren Kevin Jones alleged he was also wrongfully arrested and charged with assault, even though it was […]

Sep 16, 2016

Judge partially dismisses Md. man’s wrongful arrest lawsuit

Queen Anne’s County sheriff’s deputies had probable cause to arrest a man who alleged in a lawsuit he was falsely arrested for killing his neighbor despite a lack of physical evidence or eyewitness testimony, a judge has ruled in dismissing the county and three officers from the case. Raymond Gene Cullison Jr. claimed that two […]

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