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Jessie Weber Selected for The Daily Record’s VIP Award

The Daily Record has named Brown, Goldstein & Levy partner, Jessica P. Weber, to the 2017 VIP List — Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 awards, which recognizes professionals 40 years of age and younger who have been successful in Maryland. Winners were selected on the basis of professional accomplishments, community service, and commitment to inspiring change.
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Mel Sykes – a ‘Premier lawyer’ helped shape Maryland law, state bar

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our former Of Counsel, Melvin J. Sykes.
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy Expanding with D.C. Office

Brown, Goldstein & Levy Opens a D.C. Office
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Female Law Firm Leaders in Small Markets: Q&A with Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum

Major, Lindsey & Africa, a company that recruits and places law firm partners and associates in the Baltimore market and surrounding areas, interviewed Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum regarding her practice, the firm, and her role as managing partner.
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Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum Participates in Mentoring Monday

Managing Partner Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum participated as a mentor in the Baltimore Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday at the Sheraton North Baltimore Hotel.
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Eve Hill Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Eve Hill testified regarding disability rights before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee as it convened to consider Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to be an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Daniel F. Goldstein Receives The Daily Record’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The Daily Record selected our founding partner Daniel F. Goldstein to receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum Receives 2017 Leadership in Law Award

The Daily Record selected our Managing Partner, Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, to receive the 2017 Leadership in Law Award.
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy Congratulates our Founding Partner Chris Brown on His Latest Book

Here is the story of African Americans on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, from the promise-filled days following the end of slavery to the rise of lynch law, segregation, and systematic efforts at disenfranchisement.
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Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum Recognized in Maryland’s Top 100 Women

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that The Daily Record named our Managing Partner, Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, to its 2017 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
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Litigation Against Massage and Body Work Licensing Authority

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards has denied Kristen Steele’s request to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination in Braille.
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Two Former Department of Justice Attorneys Join Brown, Goldstein & Levy

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that Eve Hill and Regina Kline have joined the firm as partners. Eve and Regina bring years of wide-ranging experience in the civil rights arena, complementing the firm’s dedication to high-impact disability rights cases and its advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families.
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The Refusal to Insure Section 8 Properties Has Disparate Impact Consequences

The willingness of insurance providers to issue policies to landlords who accept tenants using Section 8 vouchers is an issue at the intersection of fair housing and the insurance industry that is gaining prominence.
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2017 Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine Features Joshua Treem

Maryland 2017 Super Lawyers magazine features Joshua Treem on the cover and in an article entitled “The Untouchables.”
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy Names Jessie Weber New Partner

Jessie’s practice focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving LGBT rights, disability rights, civil rights, wage and hour violations, and appeals.
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Prenup, plz

Dana W. McKee, Brown, Goldstein & Levy’s family law partner, said within the last year she’s seen a noticeable uptick among young clients, many of whom are in their early 30s, requesting prenups.
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African-American Guests File Suit Alleging Racial Discrimination by Camp Springs Quality Inn

Camp Springs Quality Inn staff targeted black guests and demanded their breakfast tickets, while ignoring white and Asian patrons.
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All Brown, Goldstein & Levy Partners Listed in 2017 Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce that all of the partners at BGL have been selected to the 2017 Maryland and Washington, DC Super Lawyers lists and three associates have been chosen for inclusion on the 2017 Super Lawyers‘ Maryland Rising Stars list.
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Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum Attends Equal Justice Council’s Managing Partners Meeting

Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Brown, Goldstein & Levy’s managing partner, attended the Equal Justice Council’s 10th annual managing partners meeting. The Managing Partners Meeting brings together leaders of Maryland’s legal community.
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy Ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ranked BGL in 11 categories in its “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan list and 3 categories in its National list.
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Blind Student and US DOJ Resolve Miami University of Ohio Discrimination Case

Attorneys for Aleeha Dudley have reached an agreement with Miami University after the school failed to provide Ms. Dudley with equal and meaningful access to her curriculum to help her attain educational success as a blind student studying zoology.
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Recent Catholic U Grad Files Suit Alleging University Mishandled Rape

Erin Cavalier, a 2016 graduate of the Catholic University of America (CUA), sued her alma mater alleging that CUA badly mishandled its investigation into her rape by a fellow student.
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2016 Chimes Gala

On October 8, 2016, Brown, Goldstein & Levy attorneys attended the annual Chimes Gala hosted by the Chimes Foundation, a provider of ongoing financial support for programs and services which enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.
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Prominent Washington, DC Trial Attorney Joins Brown, Goldstein & Levy

Prominent DC trial lawyer Kobie Flowers joined BGL. He has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States and internationally in the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay as a criminal defense lawyer.
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Baltimore City Resident Files Suit Against Baltimore Police Department for False Arrest and Malicious Prosecution

Nkemakonam Obineme, co-founder of Blue Lotus OG, a non-profit urban farm, filed suit against two Baltimore Police officers for false arrest.
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Evidence Boot Camp with Andy Levy and Special Guest Hon. Joe Murphy

An intensive, one-day, soup-to-nuts refresher on the Rules of Evidence State and Federal.
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Blind Inmates File Suit Against the MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

“To force prisoners who are blind to be dependent on other inmates not only violates their dignity, but puts them in terrible danger of exploitation and abuse,” says Daniel Goldstein, who represents the Plaintiffs. “These men are capable of living independently, and the law gives them that right.”
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Former Harford County School Teacher Sues County Board of Education for Disability-Related Discrimination

Dan Goldstein & Chelsea Crawford are representing a former teacher at Emmorton Elementary School who filed suit against the Board of Education of Harford County in Maryland alleging that she was subjected to bullying and harassment and denied reasonable accommodations solely on the basis of her disability.
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Andrew Levy Named 2017 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice

Congratulations to Andy Levy on being selected 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments.
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Six Brown, Goldstein & Levy Attorneys Recognized in the 2017 Issue of The Best Lawyers® in America

We are proud to announce that six Brown, Goldstein & Levy attorneys were recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
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U of MD Agrees to Continue Efforts to Improve Experience for Fans Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The University of Maryland and the National Association of the Deaf announced several measures that are designed to better accommodate Terps fans who are deaf or hard of hearing, which include an agreement to caption new and archived videos on UMD Athletics websites.
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AG Healey and NFB Announce Agreement to Make Health Care Kiosks Accessible to Blind Consumers

Attorney General Maura Healey (Massachusetts) and the National Federation of the Blind (represented by Dan Goldstein) announced a first-­of-its-­kind agreement with Pursuant Health, Inc. to make its self­-service health care kiosks accessible to blind consumers.
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Andrew Levy Analyzes Not Guilty Verdict In Rice Trial

Andy Levy was interviewed by WJZ TV Reporter Jessica Kartalija regarding the verdict in Lt. Rice’s Trial.
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The National Federation of the Blind Honors Dan Goldstein

Dan Goldstein received the Kenneth Jernigan Award at the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention in July in Orlando for his significant contribution to the blindness community.
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Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum Participates in a White House Forum

Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Brown, Goldstein & Levy’s managing partner, participated in the White House Forum on Civil Rights of Parents with Disabilities.
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‘We are Striving for More’

The recruitment, retention and advancement of women, minority and disabled lawyers at Maryland law firms has improved in recent years but more work is needed, say senior attorneys at leading firms.
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Jury: Montgomery Co. Failed to Reasonably Accommodate to Blind Worker

Montgomery County violated federal law by failing to provide a blind woman computer software that would have allowed her to continue to work as an information specialist in a county call center, a jury ruled.
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National Federation of the Blind Applauds Jury Verdict for Montgomery County Woman

The jury found that the county failed to provide Ms. Yasmin Reyazuddin, who is blind, with a reasonable accommodation, as required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, by refusing to implement accessible software so that she could continue to work as an information specialist in the county’s 311 call center.
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Meet a Disabilities Lawyer Pushing the Envelope on Digital Accessibility

When asked to name a hero of hers, Haben Girma chooses Daniel Goldstein, the 67-year-old counsel for the National Federation of the Blind and the mastermind behind a legal strategy to bring the Americans with Disabilities Act into the digital era. Jewish Telegraphic Agency interviewed Dan Goldstein.
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When Employer-Provided Health Insurance Discriminates

For many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) employees, employer-provided health insurance is a source of discrimination. The two most common discriminatory terms concern access to fertility coverage and gender-confirming health care.
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National Federation of the Blind and Disability Advocates Charge Federal Health Agency with Civil Rights Violations

Lawsuit charges the US Department of Health and Human Services through its sub-agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and its CMS sub-contractors, with systemically violating the civil rights of blind Medicare recipients.
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4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Maryland Must Implement Tool for Blind Voters

Maryland must implement an online ballot-marking tool to enable blind residents to vote privately and independently, a federal appeals court ruled. The adoption of the tool is necessary for the state’s compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its 3-0 decision.
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Landmark Decision Ordering Fair Pay from Sheltered Workshop

In a precedent-setting opinion issued by an administrative law judge from the U.S. Department of Labor, three clients have been awarded minimum wage going forward and back pay from Seneca Re-Ad, a sheltered workshop run by the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
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Judge: Hopkins violated ADA by not hiring interpreter

Johns Hopkins Hospital can be held liable under the Americans with Disabilities Act for rescinding a job offer to a deaf nurse by claiming that paying for a sign language interpreter was cost-prohibitive, a federal judge ruled.
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Court to Hear First Ever ADA Voter Website Accessibility Case

The National Federation of the Blind and three blind, registered Ohio voters filed a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon A. Husted, alleging that Ohio violated the ADA by failing to provide an accessible voter services website. On April 25, a federal district court in Ohio will hear a claim that the state’s voter services website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because, plaintiffs say, it cannot be accessed using commonly available screen-reading technology. The case marks the first voter website accessibility lawsuit brought under Title II of the ADA.
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Fighting for Accessible Websites Under the ADA

Bloomberg BNA’s Alexis Kramer posed questions to Daniel Goldstein, attorney for the National Federation of the Blind and a partner at Brown Goldstein Levy in Baltimore on barriers to website accessibility and how companies can ensure their websites are—and remain—accessible to sight-impaired users.
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BROWN, GOLDSTEIN & LEVY ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGING PARTNER

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum has assumed the role of managing partner.
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All Brown, Goldstein & Levy Partners Listed in 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that eight of our attorneys have been selected to the 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers list and three have been chosen for inclusion on the 2016 Maryland Rising Stars list.
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy Challenges Ohio’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting Program and Voter Services Website

Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP and Disability Rights Ohio have filed a federal lawsuit against the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The suit, filed on behalf of three blind Ohio voters and the National Federation of the Blind, alleges that certain voting services in Ohio are not accessible. This is in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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National Federation of the Blind and Scribd Agree to Collaborate to Make Reading Subscription Service Accessible to the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind and Scribd, Inc. have agreed to work together to provide access and make content available in Scribd’s subscription reading service and website accessible to the blind by the end of 2017. Available on desktop and mobile devices, Scribd’s service provides users access to ebooks, audiobooks and other published content for a flat monthly fee.
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City Resident Sues “Officer 666” Over Wrongful Arrest and Incarceration in Baltimore Unrest

Branden Owens, a Baltimore resident who was beaten by police officers at the outset of the unrest following Freddie Gray’s funeral, including by one who identified himself as “Officer 666,” and then imprisoned for two days despite never being charged with a crime, filed suit in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
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Stu Simms Honored by Pro Bono Resource Center

Stu Simms was selected as one of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland’s Honorees.
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Taxpayer Files $38 Million Class Action Against the Comptroller of Maryland

The lawsuit claims that this after-the-fact reduction of the interest rate violates the takings and due process clauses of the US Constitution.
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy Ranked in 2016 “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® ranked BGL in 10 categories in its “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan list and 3 categories in its National list
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Prison Heart Attack Leads to Wrongful Death Suit

The family of a man who died of a heart attack while in a federal prison in Cumberland is suing the government for allegedly failing to provide accommodations based on the man’s medical history. Stephen P. Gardner previously had two heart attacks when he suffered a third in July 2013 after working outside during a heatwave, according to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
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National Federation of the Blind Applauds Landmark Agreement with Seattle Public Schools

The blind mother of a Seattle Public Schools (SPS) student and the National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for equal access and equal education for the blind, applauded a vote by the Board of Directors of SPS to execute a landmark agreement that will ensure the accessibility of all of SPS’s programs, services, and activities to blind students, faculty, and parents.
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Man Held in Solitary Because of Blindness, Lawsuit Alleges

A man who spent weeks in solitary confinement at the Wicomico County Detention Center is suing the county corrections department, alleging he was housed in solitary because he is blind and was denied a job and access to the jail’s law library due to his disability.
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Joshua Treem Named 2016 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense in Baltimore

Congratulations to Brown Goldstein Levy LLP attorney Joshua R. Treem on being selected 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar in the Baltimore area.
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Six BGL Attorneys Recognized in the 2016 Issue of The Best Lawyers in America

Six Brown, Goldstein & Levy attorneys were recognized in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America and Andy Levy is among a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers for over fifteen years.
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PG Police Accused of Beating Dad Visiting for Son’s Funeral

Leaford Walker, a 68-year-old Florida resident, alleges he was severely beaten, immobilized by a stun gun, and pepper-sprayed without reason by three Prince George’s County police officers when he was in Maryland for his son’s funeral.
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The ADA, Disability, and Identity

Dan Goldstein’s article in the Journal of the American Medical Association recognizes the 25th anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act and its civil rights approach to disability.
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Ensuring Digital Accessibility through Process and Policy

Dan Goldstein co-authored the book, “Ensuring Digital Accessibility through Process and Policy,” which provides readers with a must-have resource to accessibility, from a technical and policy perspective.
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Court Revives Blind Worker’s Lawsuit Against Montgomery County

Montgomery County will have to defend at trial its decision to deny a blind woman, Yasmin Reyazuddin, a job at its call center after a U.S. appeals court revived her claim that the county violated federal law by not reasonably accommodating her disability. Joe Espo represents Ms. Reyazuddin.
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9th European e-Accessibility Forum

Dan Goldstein spoke at the 2015 European e-Accessibility Forum in Paris, discussing the steps taken to get colleges and universities to make their digital curricular content and instructional technology accessible.
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National Federation of the Blind and Two Blind Students Resolve Complaint Against Atlantic Cape Community College

The National Federation of the Blind and two blind students, Anthony Lanzilotti and Mitchell Cossaboon, entered in an agreement that requires Atlantic Cape Community College to make technology accessible to blind students.
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Mosaic Honors Andy Levy

Mosaic Community Services honors Andy Levy with 2014 Visionary Award in recognition of Andy’s “faithful and relentless” advocacy on behalf of the civil liberties of individuals with mental illness.
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Hooters Girl, Fired for Hair Color, Gets $250,000 Award

Hooters restaurants’ “image policy” is discriminatory against black waitresses, an arbitrator has ruled in awarding $250,000 to a black former server at Harborplace who alleged she was fired for having blond highlights in her hair.
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Liability Case to Get an Airing

With more than $1.75 million at stake, Maryland’s top court says it will consider whether a pharmaceutical company could be held financially liable for negligently failing to warn doctors about a drug’s potentially carcinogenic side effect even though the cancer victim contributed to the fatal disease by smoking cigarettes.
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Federal Court Denies Scribd’s Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

Court denies Scribd’s motion to have the ADA lawsuit dismissed. Scribd offers subscribers a digital library of over 40 million titles, as well as other services. But the website and mobile applications that Scribd uses are not accessible to blind people.
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All Brown, Goldstein & Levy Partners and Of Counsel Selected as 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that all of our partners and of counsel have been selected to the 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers list and five of our associates have been chosen for inclusion on the 2015 Maryland Rising Stars list.
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy Receives Maryland Legal Services Corporation Award

At the December 8, 2014 Maryland Legal Services Corporation Annual Awards Reception, Brown, Goldstein & Levy was honored with the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award for contributing significantly to the provision of legal services and access to justice to the poor.
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Hippodrome Sued Over No Captions

Joe Espo is representing a Baltimore woman who has filed a federal lawsuit against the Hippodrome Theatre for not providing captioning for hard-of-hearing patrons during stage productions.
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy Ranked in 2015 “Best Law Firms”

Brown, Goldstein & Levy was ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the “Best Law Firms” list in 13 metropolitan categories and 5 national categories.
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Over 570 Employees with Disabilities Settle Discrimination Class Action Against the Social Security Administration

The U.S. EEOC approved a class-wide settlement on behalf of a class of over 570 current and former SSA employees with disabilities, which includes monetary relief of $9.98 million and improvements to policies impacting the careers of employees with disabilities.
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National Federation of the Blind Reaches Agreement with U.S. Department of Education

Dan Goldstein & Jessie Weber represented The National Federation of the Blind and three individuals in an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education that will make student loan information accessible to blind Americans.
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Brooke Lierman Selected for The Daily Record’s 2014 Leading Women Award

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that The Daily Record selected Brooke Lierman, an associate at the firm, to receive the 2014 Leading Women award, given to women who are 40 years of age or younger for the accomplishments they have made so far in their careers.
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Deaf Juror Denied an Interpreter

Joe Espo represented Michelle Koplitz, a deaf District of Columbia resident, who was summoned for grand jury service in Superior Court and not allowed to serve because the court refused to pay for an interpreter.
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Andrew D. Freeman Inducted as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Andrew D. Freeman, a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Six out of 18 attorneys at the firm are Fellows.
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4th Circuit Revives Lawsuit Over Wrongful Murder Conviction

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the case of James Larry Owens to proceed against the Baltimore Police Department, the police officers who intentionally withheld exculpatory evidence during his trial, and the Assistant State’s Attorney who deliberately presented false evidence against him. Joshua Treem represented Mr. Owens.
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National Federation of the Blind Applauds Ruling on Access to Absentee Ballots

A ruling by Judge Richard D. Bennett will require the Maryland Board of Elections to make its online ballot-marking tool available to voters with disabilities in the November, 2014 election.
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Seven Brown, Goldstein & Levy Attorneys Recognized in the 2015 Issue of The Best Lawyers in America

Andy Levy and Mel Sykes on recently being named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Baltimore “Lawyers of the Year.” Andy was named Baltimore Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” and Mel was named Baltimore Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year.” Seven Brown, Goldstein & Levy Attorneys Recognized in the 2015 Issue of The Best Lawyers in America
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National Federation of the Blind Files Suit Against Scribd

Scribd’s website and mobile applications that offer subscribers a digital library, ability to publish their own work and participate in social media are not accessible to blind people. NFB and Heidi Viens filed suit against Scribd, Inc. alleging violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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2nd Circuit Affirms Ruling in Dispute Over Digitized Books

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision upheld a New York federal Judge’s October 2012 ruling in favor of the National Federation of the Blind in a copyright infringement case the Authors Guild, Inc. had brought against university libraries planning to digitize published works in their collections.
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National Federation of the Blind and H&R Block Announce Agreement Assuring Accessibility

The National Federation of the Blind and H&R Block announced an agreement to make H&R Block’s Web site, online tax preparation products, and mobile applications fully accessible to blind taxpayers.
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National Federation of the Blind Applauds Settlement with PARCC, Inc.

An agreement with PARCC will make its practice tests accessible to blind students by the time the tests are deployed in Spring 2014 and will consult with the NFB on all subsequent practice tests.
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School Bus Drivers, Contractor Come to Terms

A class action lawsuit alleging unpaid wages by Durham School Services L.P., a contractor for Baltimore City Public Schools, has been settled for $1.25 million.
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Blind Spot

Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum works to shed light on the issues those with disabilities face.
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Blind Student Files Discrimination Suit Against Miami University

With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, a blind student has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against Miami University for discriminating against her on the basis of her disability.
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All Brown, Goldstein & Levy Partners and Of Counsel Selected as 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers

All BGL partners and of counsel were selected to 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers and four BGL associates were chosen for inclusion on the 2014 Maryland Rising Stars list.
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Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP Ranked in 2014 “Best Law Firms”

Brown, Goldstein & Levy was ranked Tier 1 in ten areas in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.
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African-American “Hooters Girl” Sues After Being Fired for “Unnatural” Hair Color

Jessie Weber is representing Farryn Johnson, a former employee of the Harborplace Hooters restaurant, who filed a charge of discrimination against Hooters for applying a different and more restrictive set of rules regarding hair styling for African-American women than for women of other races.
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Parents Sue Over Death of Man With Down Syndrome

Joseph B. Espo and Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum filed a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of Robert Ethan Saylor, a man with developmental disabilities who died as a result of being handcuffed and restrained by three off-duty Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies.
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Stu Simms Selected As 2013 NAACP Thurgood Marshall Honoree

Stu Simms, a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, was selected as a 2013 NAACP Thurgood Marshall Honoree for his selfless and community oriented service.
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Brooke Lierman Chosen for “40 Under 40”

Congratulations to Brooke Lierman on being selected for Baltimore Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” a list of 40 top young professionals with the vision and drive to make changes in the region.

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Jessie Weber Selected for The Daily Record’s Leading Women Award

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that Jessie Weber, an associate at the firm, was selected to receive The Daily Record’s 2013 Leading Women Award.
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UMCP Sued Over Access to Ballgame Broadcasts

Joe Espo represents two deaf Terps fans who claim the University of Maryland, College Park is violating federal law by not providing closed-captioned broadcasts during sports games.
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Stu Simms Receives 2013 Leadership in Law Award

Congratulations to Stu Simms for his selection to receive The Daily Record’s 2013 Leadership in Law Award for working tirelessly to uphold high legal standards and improve communities throughout Maryland.
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Actos Trial Set for Maryland

Stu Simms is co-counsel, representing the family, in a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the maker of the prescription diabetes medication Actos.
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Seven BGL Attorneys Recognized in the 2014 Issue of The Best Lawyers in America

Seven Brown, Goldstein & Levy lawyers were selected by their peers for the 2014 Best Lawyers in America. Three were named 2014 Baltimore “Lawyers of the Year.”
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Electrocuted Laborer’s Widow Wins Lawsuit

A Baltimore County jury awarded $3.8 million to the widow and two adult children of a man who was electrocuted when a crane operator used a crane too close to high-voltage power lines. Andy Freeman, Joe Espo, and Rebecca Rodgers represented the family in this wrongful death lawsuit.
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Court Explains Ruling on Splitting Stent Cases

Andy Levy successfully convinced Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, that Baltimore County’s chief judge overstepped his authority by reversing another judge’s decision in the Mark Midei/St. Joseph Medical Center stent litigation.
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The California Lawyer Selects 2013 CLAY Award Winners

The California Lawyer selected a class action case that challenged certain fee increases at the University of California as a breach of contract for a 2013 CLAY Award. The court’s award of $48.5 million to nearly 3,000 former students was affirmed on appeal in 2012. Andy Freeman served as co-counsel.
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BPW Will Obey Judge’s Order on Fees

The Maryland Board of Public Works decided to obey a federal judge’s order to pay attorneys’ fees stemming from a challenge to a state policy that limited First Amendment-protected activities at transit stops – a constitutional victory.
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ESPN Zone Loses WARN Act Lawsuit

Judge Catherine C. Blake, U.S. District Court, ruled that The Walt Disney Co. and Zone Enterprises of Maryland LLC owe employees of the former ESPN Zone in the Inner Harbor back pay for shutting down in 2010 without giving the notices requires by federal law.
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Fee Fight is Back On

Civil rights lawyers say they will take any steps necessary, including garnishing the property of the state or certain state officials, after the Maryland Board of Public Works refused to honor a federal court order to pay their attorneys’ fees in a voter-registration case. The attorneys’ fee order stems from the settlement of a 5-year-old civil rights lawsuit over a Maryland Transit Administration regulation that prevented voter registration at bus and train stations.
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Treem Branches Out with Move to BGL

Joshua Treem, a well-known criminal defense attorney, has joined the firm as partner. He has represented individual and corporate clients in a broad spectrum of legal matters and appears frequently in state and federal courts in cases involving every facet of criminal investigations and prosecutions.
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All BGL Partners Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers 2013

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that all eight of our partners were selected as 2013 Maryland Super Lawyers and that Greg Care and Brooke Lierman were chosen as 2013 Maryland Rising Stars.
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An Emerging Field in Disability Rights

Access to digital technology is a new frontier in the enforcement of civil rights for persons with disabilities. Dan Goldstein & Greg Care discuss how the inherent flexibility of digital information and the explosion in popularity of digital devices, software, and content in government, business, education, and social life should be a powerful engine for integration of people with disabilities through equal access.
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LGBT Legal 101

LGBT Legal 101, a lunch seminar, will be offered at the offices of Brown, Goldstein & Levy on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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New Law, New Clients, New Questions

Family law attorneys in Maryland predict that the passage of a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage in the state earlier this month will be a boon to business, but are proceeding with caution as they navigate previously uncharted legal territory. Dana McKee quoted.
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Public Housing Lawsuit Settled After 17 Years

A Baltimore federal judge approved a settlement in a 17-year-old legal dispute between black public housing residents in the city and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The lawsuit claimed that thousands of black families were “perpetually” locked into areas of concentrated poverty in the city, which maintained racial discrimination.
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Women of Excellence Luncheon

Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum and Dana McKee attended Network 2000’s 19th Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon. Sharon is a sponsored member of Network 2000, an organization that promotes the placement of women on corporate boards and in executive suites and to educate the public on the benefits of having women in decision-making positions.
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Charline Rolley Can Keep $26K for Paid Leave

Charline Rolley, wife of former Baltimore mayoral candidate and Baltimore City employee, does not have to repay the City for maternity and sick leave pay.
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Lawsuit by Four Blind Patrons Over Inaccessible E-readers Resolved

Four blind patrons who, with assistance from the National Federation of the Blind, filed suit against the Free Library of Philadelphia because the library began lending NOOK Simple Touch e-readers, which are completely inaccessible to patrons who are blind, have settled with the library.
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BGL Attorneys Selected to Write Insider’s Guide to the Maryland Appellate Courts

Melvin J. Sykes, C. Christopher Brown, Andrew D. Levy & Gregory P. Care were selected to write the chapter on the Insider’s Guide to the Maryland Appellate Courts, which appears in the ABA’s Appellate Practice Compendium.

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Ruling Makes Ten Million Books Accessible to Blind Readers

Dan Goldstein, Laura Abelson, and Jessie Weber from Brown, Goldstein & Levy represented the National Federation of the Blind and three individual blind students and faculty members at the defendant universities. Noting the “eloquent oral argument of Mr. Goldstein,” Judge Baer’s decision adopted the NFB’s arguments regarding fair use under the Copyright Act and permits university libraries to digitize their entire collections of books and printed media to make them searchable for all members of the university communities and fully accessible and available to the blind and print disabled. The decision not only allows access to members of the university communities, but it allows the university libraries to make ten million accessible books available to blind readers around the country.
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ACLU Honors Chris Brown with the Elisabeth Gilman Award

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland honored Chris Brown with the 2012 Elisabeth Gilman Award for his commitment and impact as General Counsel of the ACLU and his lifetime of legal service to civil liberties and ACLU clients.
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Roofer Wins $2.7M for Capital Beltway Collision

A Baltimore jury awarded more than $7 million to a roofer who has suffered debilitating back pain after an automobile collision in December 2005. Because of Maryland’s cap on non-economic damages, the Baltimore City Circuit judge reduced the award to Jamie Blake to $2.7 million.
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Five BGL Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America

We are proud to announce that five Brown, Goldstein & Levy attorneys were recognized in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Two of the five are among a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers for ten years or longer and one of these is listed in five categories.
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Andy Levy Named Labor & Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Congratulations to Andy Levy on his selection as the Baltimore Best Lawyers Litigation – Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2013. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”
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A Chance to Learn

Angelica Gomez explains her family’s struggle in securing an education for their blind daughter. Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum assisted this family in obtaining the services this child desperately needed.
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A Matter of Justice

Holly Miller describes her family’s struggle to obtain braille instruction for their son. With assistance from Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum and Jessie Weber this child is now receiving the braille instruction that he needs.
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Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Community and Vacates Liquor Board Decision

A Baltimore City Circuit Court ruled that the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners had violated the due process rights of a community association when it allowed the transfer of a liquor license without a hearing and based upon ex parte communications.
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Public Housing Lawsuit Nears an End

In a move that could wrap up more than 17 years of legal wrangling over fair housing options in Baltimore, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the city housing department have filed a proposed settlement agreement of a class action by public housing residents.
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Andy Levy Speaks at the MD Celebration of the 22nd Anniversary of the ADA

Andy Levy, Chair of the Maryland Commission on Disabilities, spoke at the Maryland Celebration of the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act held at UMBC on July 26, 2012. The theme of the celebration was technology and its ability to empower individuals with disabilities. In his remarks, Andy noted critical developments that imperil the ADA.
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BCAC Honors Stu Simms with Its First Founder’s Award

Stu Simms has been awarded Baltimore Child Abuse Center’s first Founder’s Award, recognizing his efforts in co-founding the organization in 1987. His vision, leadership, and advocacy insured that child victims of sexual abuse in Baltimore would be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness.
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Trial Lawyer Honorary Society Selects Dan Goldstein as Fellow

Daniel F. Goldstein has been selected for Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America. The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only.
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Outstanding Contribution and Service to MD Legal Aid Bureau

The Equal Justice Council recognized the law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy with its Pacesetters Award for the firm’s outstanding contribution and service to the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.
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BNI Honors Chris Brown

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. awarded Chris Brown the inaugural Dickens Warfield Fair Housing Award for his years of support in successfully advancing BNI’s fair housing litigation.
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End to a Prosecution That Should Never Have Begun

A week before a hearing was to be held on Dr. Nicola Riley’s motion to dismiss all charges, the State’s Attorney for Cecil County dropped all charges in the murder prosecution of Dr. Riley.
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Love Meets the Law

Dana McKee, who heads the Brown Goldstein & Levy Family Law practice, was interviewed by Baltimore Bride magazine and was quoted in an article regarding the many legal do’s and don’ts to consider when getting married.
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Blind Sue Paintball Park

The Blind Industries and Services of Maryland and three blind men, who were denied access to paintball matches at the Route 40 Paintball Park in White Marsh, filed a federal lawsuit against the park for violating federal and state civil rights laws.
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Congratulations to Mel Skyes

Melvin J. Sykes was selected as the Baltimore Best Lawyers Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year for 2012.
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Andy Levy Selected for the Leadership in Law Award

Andy Levy was selected to receive The Daily Record’s 2011 Leadership in Law Award.
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Peer Group Selects Five BGL Attorneys for 2012 Best Lawyers

Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that Chris Brown, Andy Levy, Mel Sykes, Dan Goldstein, and Andy Freeman were recognized in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
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Rejected Deal May Be Costly

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that Maryland must pay attorneys’ fees stemming from a challenge to restrictions on voter registration activities at Baltimore transit stations.
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Dan Goldstein selected for ABA’s Hearne Award

Dan Goldstein was selected to receive the American Bar Association’s 2011 Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights an award presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to further the rights, dignity, and access to justice for people with disabilities.
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NFB Outraged at University’s Actions

Two blind students at Florida State University filed a discrimination suit against the University for failing to provide them with proper accommodations to successfully complete required math courses.
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“It could have been prevented…”

The parents of a Prince George’s County elementary school student filed a $2 million lawsuit claiming administrators at the Robert Goddard Montessori School ignored their complaints that their son was being sexually harassed by a male classmate.
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Maryland Court of Appeals Voting: 2010 Session

Chris Brown reviews the voting patterns of the Maryland Court of Appeals judges during the 2010 session.
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4th Circuit Affirms Ruling for Deaf Fans

In a victory for deaf sports fans, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed their right to equal access to aural content broadcast at the Washington Redskins’ FedEx Field.
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Company Says It’s Owed $5.9M for 2010 Blizzard Work

Snow removal company filed a $5.9 million lawsuit against Baltimore City seeking unpaid wages for its work during 2010′s historic snowstorms.
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College is Hard Enough

Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum’s article for Educause Review discusses the obstacles that blind students and faculty members face in today’s high tech educational world.
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Merck Owes Fired Employee $555K

A Baltimore jury has awarded $555,000 to a former Merck & Co. saleswoman who claimed she was fired two years ago in retaliation for reporting her supervisor’s violations of corporate policies.
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Important Civil Rights Victory for Test Takers with Disabilities

Brown, Goldstein & Levy announced a landmark victory on behalf of a blind law school graduate against the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), the administrator of a test virtually every law school graduate must take before getting a law license.
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To Assure Safe and Healthful Working Conditions

Guidance to policy-makers looking to tailor any potential amendments to existing OSHA laws on how to account for the decline of the help provided by unions in educating workers about and helping them to enforce health and safety laws.
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Leadership in Law Award

Dan Goldstein received The Daily Record’s 2010 Leadership in Law award in recognition of the outstanding work done by selected members of the legal community throughout Maryland.
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ESPN Zone Workers File WARN Act Suit

Former Baltimore ESPN Zone employees filed suit against The Walt Disney Co. claiming the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act entitles them to 60 days’ pay.
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Accessibility and the Law: How Good UX Can Keep You Out of Court

Commercial websites are subject to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, meaning that websites must be accessible to individuals with disabilities who navigate the Internet with screen access software and other aids.
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Cases to Watch in the 2010 Term

Stu Simms is quoted regarding the guardianship case that will be examined by the Court of Appeals when Maryland’s top court begins its 2010-2011 term.
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Class Action by Disabled SSA Employees Will Go Forward

Class Action by Disabled Employees Against the Social Security Administration Will Go Forward On August 25, 2010, the EEOC Office of Federal Operations affirmed the October 8, 2008 decision of the Administrative Judge to certify the case of a group of disabled employees of the Social Security Administration as a class action. The action alleges
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Achieving the Promise of the ADA in the Digital Age

Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Digital Age by Daniel F. Goldstein Dan Goldstein delivered remarks on access to technology in the digital age and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, on Thursday,
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Blind Grads v. Bar Exam

Blind Grads v. Bar Exam by Brendan Kearney Three blind law school graduates filed suit against the National Conference of Bar Examiners after it denied their requests to use screen-access software to take the Multistate Bar Examination in July. Download PDF  

Flight Records Were Falsified to Boost Pay

Suit claims fraud by National Guard pilots by Brendan Kearney Fudging flight-training reports to make more money and accrue retirement income is common practice in the Maryland Air National Guard, according to a pilot’s recently unsealed federal lawsuit against 27 members of his squadron. Capt. Robert S. Conover, represented by Joe Espo, brought the case
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NFB Requests Investigations of 9 Prominent Law Schools

The National Federation of the Blind has filed complaints with the U.S. DOJ, Civil Rights Division, requesting investigations of nine prominent law schools for violating the civil rights of blind and other print-disabled law school applicants.
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Inmate Can Stop Dialysis

In a legal dispute that may have future policy consequences, Stu Simms successfully represented a terminally ill inmate. Simms successfully argued before both the Court of Special Appeals and Maryland’s highest Court, the Maryland Court of Appeals.
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$1M Verdict Against Belvedere

A Baltimore jury awarded $1 million to a Baltimore County speech language pathologist who fell down a flight of stairs, breaking her pelvis and wrist, at the Belvedere hotel. Joe Espo represented Lillian Blank in her case against the Belvedere Restaurant Group, which operates the historic Mt. Vernon Hotel’s 13th Floor bar. Download PDF

Authors Guild and AAP Agree that the Print-Disabled Have a Right to Read

A baby step taken Dan Goldstein presented “Access and the American Disabilities Act” on March 11, 2010 at the International Training For Developing Countries And Countries In Transition On Emerging Issues In Copyright And Related Rights Pertaining to the Blind and Other Persons With Print Disabilities.  The training was organized by the U.S. Copyright Office
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Long-Running Class Action Over Paratransit Services

Both sides in the long-running class action over paratransit services provided by the Maryland Transit Administration’s Mobility system got together to celebrate the final issues of the $715,000 settlement.
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BGL partner to join Department of Homeland Security

BGL partner to join Department of Homeland Security Brown, Goldstein & Levy partner, Melissa Crow, will join the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy on February 1, 2010. Ms. Crow will serve as a principal advisor on immigration policy matters, including proposed legislation on comprehensive immigration reform. Download PDF

Stop Censoring Educational Websites on LGBT Issues

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is joining with several Harford County parents and students to demand that the Harford County Public Schools stop illegally blocking Internet access to information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. WJZ interviewed Alli Harper about the case.
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To Assure Safe and Healthful Working Conditions

New approach to enforcing OSHA standards by Brooke E. Lierman Brooke Lierman has published an article in The Loyola University New Orleans Journal of Public Interest Law Fall 2010 edition that argues for a new approach to enforcing the country’s occupational safety and health standards given the decline in labor unions, which were traditionally partners with the
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Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession

Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession As Legal Employers, Chief Legal Officers, Hiring Partners, and Hiring Personnel, we hereby affirm our commitment to diversity, including diversity regarding individuals with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities, in the legal profession. Our Pledge for Change is based on the need to enhance opportunity in the legal profession and
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NFB Files Complaint Against U.S. Department of Education

An administrative complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education, asserting that one of the U.S. Department of Education’s websites, U.S.A. Learns, violates Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act because it is inaccessible to blind people who use text-to-speech screen access technology or Braille displays to access information.
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Steam-pit Lawsuit Settles for $1.2M

Fence around steam-conduit excavation site no longer enclosed the four- to five-foot hole The Baltimore lawyer who was badly burned when she fell into a steam-conduit excavation site has settled her case against the city, Trigen-Baltimore Energy Corp., and its subcontractors for $1.2 million. Download PDF  

Strategies for Confronting the Difficult Balance Between Supporting Choice and Minimizing Risk

Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum lead the afternoon Technical Assistance Forum through an interactive discussion of case scenarios that highlighted the challenges that are created when stakeholders work to provide individuals with disabilities with real choices and real opportunities.
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Judge Rules for Chicken-Plant Workers

Compensation is owed to workers at Mountaire’s Millsboro, Del., plant under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act A federal judge ruled that a poultry plant operator must pay its employees for the time spent putting on and taking off protective gear. Chris Brown represented the chicken plant workers. Download PDF

First Disability Rights Fellow

BGL Announces First Disability Rights Fellow Brown, Goldstein & Levy, a Baltimore-based law firm, announced today that Brett Felter has been selected as the first recipient of the Brown, Goldstein & Levy Disability Rights Fellowship. Download PDF

Nearly 35,000 Get UC Holiday Present

The university paid more than $33M to class action participants Nearly 35,000 former University of California students received a holiday gift from their alma mater: a check for as much as $12,000 as a result of a class action over disputed fees. Download PDF

SSA Workers Look to Make History with Targeted Disability Class Action

Severely disabled SSA employees were, and continue to be, negatively impacted in the promotion process More than 2,000 federal employees with targeted disabilities are part of a class action against the Social Security Administration because they were not promoted despite their status on best qualified lists. Download PDF  

Deaf Fans Get Key Ruling in FedEx Field Case

FedEx Field must provide its deaf and hard-of-hearing clientele with “equal access to aural content” broadcast in the stadium.
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Employees Sue Raided Painting Company

A federal class-action lawsuit filed against Annapolis Painting Services alleges the company violated federal and state wage laws by not paying overtime wages.
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Target Settles Case Over Website Access for the Blind

While businesses have known for decades about the need to make their buildings accessible to the disabled, a recent multimillion-dollar settlement may make accessibility a greater concern in e-commerce, too.
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Settlement Reached in Towson Dorm Suit

Andy Levy successfully represented Mark Kuchmas in his case against Towson University and Capstone Development Corp., the Birmingham, Ala.-based developer whose subsidiaries manage the Millennium Hall dorm, regarding wheelchair inaccessibility.
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Baltimore Lawyer Keeps West Coast Win of $33.8M

The Supreme Court of California rejected a challenge to a Baltimore lawyer’s $33.8 million win in a suit that challenged tuition increases by California’s public universities.
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State to Pay $1.5M to Settle Lawsuit Over Boy Abused While in Foster Care

Joe Espo, Andy Freeman, and Stu Simms obtained a settlement of over $2 million for child seriously injured in foster care.
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When the Workplace Becomes Intolerable

Have you ever thought about complaining about your boss to her boss? A newly minted vice president of 180s Inc., did just that. The working atmosphere at the young, high-flying maker of innovative sports apparel had reached “an intolerable point” under a new chief executive brought in after a corporate takeover.
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Internet ADA case moves ahead

A federal judge’s decision not to dismiss a discrimination case against retailer Target Corp. for operating a website inaccessible to the blind opens the door to Internet-related Americans With Disabilities Act claims.
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The Underdog

A child of the civil rights movement, attorney Daniel Goldstein just can’t stop taking on the system. Daniel Goldstein loves a good fight. The 52-year-old attorney seems amiable enough, slightly rumpled, with a boisterous laugh, and a repertoire of great anecdotes. Get him in the courtroom, though, and this good-natured man turns into a killer.  
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