Articles by Michael Kunzelman

Judges Tosses Maryland Family’s Suit Blaming Uber for Driver’s Killing by Passenger

A federal judge in Baltimore on Thursday dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. filed by the family of a rideshare driver who was killed by a passenger in 2019. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake ruled that Uber …

Collecting $26M Award From White Nationalists May Be Challenging

Nine people who sued white nationalist leaders and organizations over the violence at a deadly rally in Charlottesville in 2017 won a $26 million judgment for the injuries and trauma they endured. But whether they will be able to collect …

Henri Hurls Rain as System Settles Atop Swamped Northeast

The slow-rolling storm system named Henri was expected to continue drenching the Northeast with rain Monday with a slated turn to the east from upstate New York back through New England. The National Weather Service in Boston said torrential downpours …

Lawsuit: Only Christians Could Apply for Maryland Jail Chaplain Job

Applicants for a chaplain’s job at a Maryland county jail had to sign a statement affirming that they are Christians, a Muslim man claims Thursday in a federal lawsuit accusing the county and a contractor of religious discrimination. Lawyers from …

Basketball Players Lose Copyright Infringement Bid Over ‘Fortnite’ Dance

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of Maryland men’s basketball players accused makers of the “Fortnite” video game of misappropriating a dance move that the ex-teammates popularized. U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm in Maryland …

Owners Settle with Louisiana Sheriff, Deputy Over Killing of Dog

The owners of a dog that was shot and killed by a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy will receive $75,000 in a settlement of their lawsuit against a sheriff who has had legal troubles. The settlement isn’t an “admission of liability” by …

Company Wants Appeals Court to Lift Halt in Louisiana Oil Pipeline Work

A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana has asked a federal appeals court to lift a judge’s order that temporarily halts pipeline construction work in a swamp. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of …

Lawyer: 13-Year-Old Oil Leak Off Louisiana Coast a ‘Long-Term Problem’

A 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico remains a “long-term problem” without a clear solution for eliminating chronic slicks that often stretch for miles off Louisiana’s coast, a government lawyer recently told a federal judge. Up to 16 …

Company Wants More Time to Settle Suit Over 13-Year-Old Oil Leak in Gulf

A New Orleans-based company that has failed to stop a 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is asking for more time to negotiate a settlement that could allow it to recover millions of dollars it set aside for …

Why the Number of Coastal Homeowners with Flood Insurance Has Been Shrinking

Amanda Spartz nearly did not renew her home’s flood insurance policy after her first year in Florida. Two hurricanes came close to the Fort Lauderdale suburbs last year, but they didn’t hit and her home isn’t in a high-risk flood …