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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Joseph Fairbanks, a retired Baltimore litigator who was an inspiration and mentor to younger attorneys, died June 12 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia. He was 68. "Every litigation associate in our Baltimore office sought Joe out. He was a mentor and a counselor," said Charles O. Monk III, a longtime friend and managing partner in the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing LLP. "Having practiced law for more than 20 years, I can say that Joe was the most honest and trustworthy attorney I've ever known," said Dana N. Pescosolido, a former law partner who is now deputy general counsel at Legg Mason.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Baltimore's first casino could have risen more than a dozen years ago on the faded industrial stretch that is now posh Harbor East. Or more controversially, slot machines could have made their city debut in the family-oriented Inner Harbor or at Pimlico Race Course , in the middle of an economically depressed neighborhood. Instead, the city's long and at times fraught path toward slots and table games brought it to Russell Street south of the stadiums, where on Tuesday night the $442 million Horseshoe Casino opens to the public - and begins seeking its niche in an increasingly saturated market of gambling options.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is slated to approve a $65,000 settlement to a woman who suffered "significant" injuries after tripping and falling on uneven and broken pavement in downtown Baltimore. Nickia Tunnell filed suit against the mayor and City Council in 2013 after she was walking on or near E. Baltimore Street at Custom House Ave. in the downtown area. She attempted to cross the street, but tripped and fell due to uneven and broken pavement, according to settlement documents submitted to the city's spending panel.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is slated to approve a $65,000 settlement to a woman who suffered "significant" injuries after tripping and falling on uneven and broken pavement in downtown Baltimore. Nickia Tunnell filed suit against the mayor and City Council in 2013 after she was walking on or near E. Baltimore Street at Custom House Ave. in the downtown area. She attempted to cross the street, but tripped and fell due to uneven and broken pavement, according to settlement documents submitted to the city's spending panel.
BUSINESS
By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2005
The road to recovery for W.R. Grace & Co. was made tougher by an indictment this week alleging that the company knowingly exposed a Montana town to deadly asbestos for decades and will become tougher yet if the Columbia company takes a hard-line stance, experts said. Grace filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001 to shield itself from more than 100,000 asbestos-related lawsuits, a move necessary for it to emerge as a continuing business. The indictment "makes it a lot more difficult," said Ivan Feinseth, an analyst with Matrix Securities in New York.
NEWS
November 1, 2006
A Page 1A article yesterday might have left a misimpression about the views of Tova Wang, an elections scholar at the nonpartisan Century Foundation, on elections litigation. Wang's full comments were: "In a sense, within reason, it's not a bad thing, because you're trying to insure the integrity of the final vote total. But it can undermine confidence in the electoral system, the more time it takes." Speaking about whether either party benefits more from such litigation, Wang said: "I don't think anybody benefits.
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January 9, 2013
Carol Cooper, of Cockeysville, recently became a member of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC. An ARD&H associate since 2002, Cooper has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent rating. She was selected twice as a "Rising Star" by Maryland Super Lawyers and named in Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition. Serving in the firm's family law and litigation practice groups, she represents clients in matters related to divorce, custody, visitation, child support, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, adoption and other civil litigation.
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November 23, 1991
President Bush has jumped in where Vice President Dan Quayle dared to tread by asserting that the civil justice system in America has "spun out of control." "The fear of outlandish litigation has begun to strangle the American dream," he declared recently, adding that reform is "absolutely essential to the country's well-being."The president thus took up Mr. Quayle's theme that an explosion of law suits in this country is undercutting the U.S. competitive position. It will be interesting to see if law associations and citizens advocacy groups are quite so vociferous in their retorts now that the debate has been elevated to the Oval Office.
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By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | October 5, 2005
State auditors will likely review the Maryland Stadium Authority's decision to spend more than $100,000 on an outside lawyer to explore litigation against Major League Baseball, a leading legislator said yesterday. Del. Charles E. Barkley, a Montgomery County Democrat who co-chairs the legislature's Joint Audit Committee, said he is concerned about the authority's decision to hire prominent Baltimore lawyer William H. Murphy Jr. for the work, which the Office of the Attorney General has said it was able to perform.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Sun Staff Writer | March 2, 1994
The Baltimore office of the Virginia law firm of Hazel & Thomas defected yesterday as five partners led by star litigator Arnold Weiner set up their own firm.Ten of the 12 lawyers Hazel & Thomas had in Baltimore joined Weiner, Astrachan, Gunst, Hillman and Allen, Mr. Weiner said. And while the partners downplayed reports that they are defecting because they were dissatisfied with what Hazel & Thomas paid them, they said they think the low overhead of their litigation-oriented boutique will mean higher profits.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
The University of Maryland and its partner of 61 years, the Atlantic Coast Conference, finally agreed on the terms of their messy divorce: a mediated settlement, announced Friday, under which the school will pay $31 million of a $52 million exit fee the conference sought. The settlement figure is the amount the ACC already has collected by withholding shared conference revenues — without Maryland's consent — to make sure it got at least a portion of what it demanded. So after nearly 21 months of litigation in Maryland and North Carolina courts, each side can walk away.
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August 7, 2014
Their loss Wednesday in a federal appeals court left Baltimore's police and fire unions with a few options to continue the fight over Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's 2010 pension reform law, but none of them look promising. Rather than subject themselves and the taxpayers to potentially years more litigation in federal and state court, the unions should recognize that the bulk of the 2010 law is going to stand and seek a settlement with the city on the one portion of the reforms on which they have met some success.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
A Baltimore judge ruled this week that she will not enforce her decision to dismiss a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the former developers of the "Superblock" until an appellate court rules on the case. City officials expressed disappointment with the ruling, which they said could further slow development of the long-stalled project on Baltimore's west side. "It's always frustrating to me when the legal process is protracted and it prevents meaningful development in the city," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
When the derailed train cars full of hazardous chemicals exploded, a shock wave shot through an adjacent industrial park, shattering windows, cracking concrete and buckling metal paneling and roofs. A year later, the recovery continues. "We're a long way from being back to normal, that's for sure," said Mike Brown, president of Baltimore Windustrial Co., which had one of its warehouses destroyed and another badly damaged. The derailment and blast occurred May 28 after a southbound CSX Transportation train collided with a trash truck at a crossing near Pulaski Highway in Rosedale.
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March 12, 2014
Maryland's litigation-based system for compensating families whose children suffered from birth-related neurological industries doesn't work well for anyone. It isn't great for the families, who only get the financial assistance they need if they can convince a jury that health care providers were negligent - and only then after years of litigation and expensive attorney's fees. Doctors and hospitals are faced with the risk of skyrocketing malpractice premiums as a result of jury awards that have recently run into the tens of millions of dollars.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
Joseph G. "Bodie" Finnerty Jr., a highly regarded trial lawyer who headed DLA Piper's litigation department and oversaw expansion of the firm to Philadelphia and New York City, died Thursday of Alzheimer's disease at Copper Ridge assisted-living facility in Sykesville. The former longtime Guilford resident was 76. "Joe was an outstanding lawyer and was the firm's heavy lifter and go-to guy. It is no wonder that he became its top litigator," said J. Joseph Curran Jr., former Maryland attorney general.
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By [Jennifer McMenamin] | December 24, 2006
A. Stephen Hut Jr. OCCUPATION Hut is a partner at WilmerHale law firm in Washington, vice chairman of its litigation department and co-chairman of its pro bono and community service committee. IN THE NEWS He has led the legal team of death row inmate Vernon L. Evans Jr., whose appeal generated a ruling last week by Maryland's highest court. The Court of Appeals denied Evans' request for a new trial and sentencing hearing but ordered a halt to executions in the state, ruling unanimously that procedures for putting prisoners to death were never submitted for the public review required by law. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Hut clerked for a federal appellate judge in New York from 1972 to 1973 before joining Wilmer Cutler and Pickering, a 35-person firm in the nation's capital.
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By Deborah R. Hensler& Gustave H. Shubert | April 16, 1991
WHEN IS Congress going to stop hiding from the asbestos litigation mess? The first lawsuits were filed about 20 years ago, and for more than a decade we have known that a disaster is unfolding in the courts.Early last month, the Judicial Conference of the United States issued a report that cited all the familiar evidence anew: courts unable to dispose of an enormous backlog of cases; nearly two new suits filed yearly for every one that is completed (14,000 filed in 1990 in the federal courts alone)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Joseph Fairbanks, a retired Baltimore litigator who was an inspiration and mentor to younger attorneys, died June 12 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia. He was 68. "Every litigation associate in our Baltimore office sought Joe out. He was a mentor and a counselor," said Charles O. Monk III, a longtime friend and managing partner in the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing LLP. "Having practiced law for more than 20 years, I can say that Joe was the most honest and trustworthy attorney I've ever known," said Dana N. Pescosolido, a former law partner who is now deputy general counsel at Legg Mason.
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January 9, 2013
Carol Cooper, of Cockeysville, recently became a member of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC. An ARD&H associate since 2002, Cooper has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent rating. She was selected twice as a "Rising Star" by Maryland Super Lawyers and named in Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition. Serving in the firm's family law and litigation practice groups, she represents clients in matters related to divorce, custody, visitation, child support, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, adoption and other civil litigation.
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