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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bill Would Require University of Maryland to Reimburse Legal Fees

BERLIN, Md.- A new bill in the Maryland Senate proposes that the University of Maryland-Baltimore pay up to half a million dollars to reimburse the Hudson Farm in Berlin for legal expenses.
The University of Maryland School of Law Environment Law Clinic is currently representing the Waterkeeper Alliance for free in a lawsuit alleging that the Hudsons violated the Clean Water Act by having toxins run into the Chesapeake Bay.
The suit was brought forth in March 2010. Now, Sen. Richard Colburn (R-Md.) is sponsoring a bill on behalf of the Hudsons.
"They need to be reimbursed on the cost of a taxpayer-supported school," Colburn said. "Every action has an opposite equal reaction, and the University of Maryland Law School is responsible for their actions."
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law had no comment on the bill Tuesday.
Assateague Coastkeeper Executive Director Kathy Phillips said in a statement: "Government should not interfere with the legal system holding polluters accountable. The legislation is political grandstanding at its worst. Our legislators should protect families from pollution, not let polluters off the hook."
The trial is set for April in Baltimore.

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