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Judge denies city’s request to cap potential damages in ‘Riot Act’ case

Police watch rioters on April 27, 2015 at an intersection in the Penn-North neighborhood. (File)

A federal judge declined to limit the potential damage claims of dozens of Baltimore businesses suing the city for failing to effectively respond to the 2015 unrest. Baltimore asked for a declaratory judgment that the state’s statutory cap on damages ...

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Parties to ‘Riot Act’ lawsuit postpone settlement talks

This police cruiser was heavily damaged during the April 2015 riots in Baltimore. (File Photo)

Parties to a massive lawsuit by dozens of Baltimore businesses over the city’s response to the 2015 unrest won’t come to the settlement table until they are finished exchanging and reviewing thousands of pages of documents in discovery. The lawsuit, ...

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Baltimore city, police seek dismissal of lawsuit over ’15 riots

Workers board up the burnt-out DTLR store on Pennsylvania Avenue on April 28, 2015, the morning after the riots in Baltimore. Baltimore city, the Baltimore Police Department and the state are all seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought by local businesses alleging the defendants failed to properly respond to the unrest. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Baltimore city, the Baltimore Police Department and the state are all seeking dismissal of a 264-count complaint by local businesses alleging officials failed to properly respond to the 2015 riots. The Baltimore city defendants, in court filings, have supported the ...

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Remedy for Baltimore riot damages has historic roots, few modern applications

A woman surveys the riot damage April 28, 2015 in her grocery store on the 300 Block of North Charles Street. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Civil unrest and rioting were a much more common concern when Maryland passed its Riot Act in 1835 permitting citizens to seek compensation from the government for damage to property sustained in a violent disturbance. The idea, at the time, ...

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