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Susan Reimer | March 12, 2014
The New Jersey high school senior who moved in with a friend after disputes with her parents and then sued them for financial support returned home Wednesday. I described this family drama in my Monday column. Rachel Canning, who left home in October, had asked a judge to require her parents to pay her Catholic high school tuition, her lawyer's fees, her college tuition and more than $650 a week in support. A judge had refused her request for immediate financial relief but had scheduled a full hearing on the matter for April.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
The Baltimore Police Department has instituted a new policy that prohibits officers from stopping people from taping or photographing police actions, the agency said Wednesday. The new rules were unveiled as the city agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who says police seized his cellphone and deleted the video of an arrest at the Preakness Stakes in 2010. "Four years ago, if we had taken the complaint seriously and addressed it in a very rapid manner, we may not be sitting here today," Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Wednesday.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ruled Friday against the ACLU and several individuals who alleged former County Executive John R. Leopold and the police kept files on them in violation of public information laws. Eleven individuals - including political rivals, former employees and community activists - sued Leopold, former Police Chief James Teare Sr. and the county government in December 2012, alleging that the "dossiers" they believed existed were illegally withheld after they had filed Maryland Public Information Act requests.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
An Anne Arundel County judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by supporters of gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler who wanted to prevent his Democratic rivals from raising money during the General Assembly session. Judge William C. Mulford II dismissed the case — at the request of the lawyer for the Gansler supporters. Attorney Daniel Clements said his clients got what they wanted out of the case: a promise from Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown that his running mate, Ken Ulman, wouldn't raise money during the session.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | February 11, 2014
Under Armour and Nike Inc. have agreed to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit in which the Baltimore-based sports apparel brand accused its rival of illegally using versions of the "I Will" slogan. "The litigation has been resolved on a confidential and mutually agreeable basis," Under Armour said in a statement Tuesday. UPDATE: Nike spokeswoman Mary Remuzzi issued the same statement and said the company had no further comment. An order approved Monday by Judge Ellen L. Hollander in U.S. District Court in Baltimore dismisses the Feb. 21 complaint.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Baltimore school bus drivers and aides have reached a settlement with Durham School Services, the transportation contractor that workers sued over unfair wages, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs. The $1.25 million settlement was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, said Andrew Freeman, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, of Brown, Goldstein & Levy. It still has to be approved by a judge. The settlement stems from a class action suit filed in March 2013 that alleged the company has not paid workers for the hours they earned carrying out responsibilities required for transporting students, such as pre- and post-trip inspections, and fueling and cleaning buses.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Attorneys for Anne Arundel County and former County Executive John R. Leopold urged a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit claiming the former executive improperly ordered police to compile "dossiers" on political rivals. Leopold, a Republican, resigned as county executive in February 2013 after he was found guilty of two counts of misconduct in office. The convictions were based on allegations that he forced police officers on his protective detail to erect campaign signs, collect campaign donations and compile the dossiers, and also required officers and other employees to drain his catheter bag. He is appealing those convictions.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
A federal lawsuit alleging the Baltimore harbor is being polluted by the city-backed construction of the Horseshoe Casino has been dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled that the city resident who sued lacked legal standing to bring the case. Mark E. Richardson and another man filed suit in July accusing the city of violating the federal Clean Water Act by allowing toxic chemicals to leach into the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River from the city-owned former chemical plant site on which the casino is being built.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The family of a plainclothes Baltimore police officer who was killed by friendly fire during a fight outside a downtown nightclub in 2011 is suing the city Police Department. Officers shot William H. Torbit Jr. 34 times — without recognizing him as a police officer — after he fired eight times into a group of people who had knocked him to the ground and were attacking him in the Select Lounge parking lot on Jan. 9, 2011, according to a police investigation. One of Torbit's bullets killed Sean Gamble, a man who had been attacking Torbit, police said.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
The lawyer who filed suit last week to prevent Democrat Anthony G. Brown's running mate from accepting campaign donations during the legislative session is no stranger to the world of political fundraising. Daniel M. Clements, an attorney with a Baltimore firm, has given tens of thousands of dollars to candidates in recent years and for 12 years chaired the political action committee of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association - one of the state's largest political donors. In that role, he oversaw the raising and spending of more than $1 million for Maryland political candidates.
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