Baltimore City Sues Contingent of Tobacco Companies

In a unique move, Baltimore City files a lawsuit against six named entities for cigarette filter waste.  According to a press release, Baltimore City has jointly filed a lawsuit to hold cigarette manufacturers accountable for cleanup costs associated with tobacco filter litter. The city cited a $5.3M annual price tag specifically for mitigating cigarette filter litter. The announcement went on to highlight that remediation includes clearing sewage and drainage pipes of clogs from the non-biodegradable…

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First $60M in Opioid Settlement Funds Comes Through – Here’s Where It’s Going

Maryland's counties will receive a total of $36.2M from almost $38M in the first round of disbursements to local governments. In a press release, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced yesterday that all counties and municipalities participating in settlements with the former opioids manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, and opioid distributors, McKesson, Cardinal Health, and Amerisource Bergen will begin receiving their first payments in the coming weeks. The total amount Maryland expects to receive as…

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Landlords Face New Eviction Laws Enacted During the Moratorium

As rents have risen across Maryland, post-COVID eviction laws could provide an additional buffer for tenants struggling to pay as emergency rental assistance runs out in the coming months. Despite a slow start, more than 91,000 Maryland renter households have received over $482 million in emergency rental assistance funds through August 2022 according to a recent article in the Herald-Mail by Dwight Weingarten. With emergency rental assistance almost fully expended and rental rates in Maryland going…

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New “Beacon for Protecting Civil Rights” and Special Victims in Maryland

Year-long needs assessment at the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office culminates in appointment of three individuals to Co-Chiefs and Deputy Chief of new Civil Rights and Special Victims Section. U.S. Attorney Erek Barron marks the 1-year anniversary of his appointment with this announcement where he expounded on the significance of the move. 'This section will be a beacon for protecting civil rights and addressing victim-related crimes requiring specialized skills,' said Erek L. Barron, U.S. Attorney for…

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