Maryland has made national news for a serious business lawsuit. Melania Trump, the current First Lady of the United States of America, has just settled a defamation lawsuit against a Maryland-based blogger. The defendant of the pending lawsuit settled shortly after a judge refused to throw out the lawsuit and the details are still undisclosed about the financial penalties. The blogger in this case, Webster Tarpley, chose to settle the lawsuit out of court for what lawyers are calling a "substantial sum" instead of taking the case through the courts. He likely did so on the advice of his attorney.
Contracts and negotiations are a part of almost any business venture in Maryland. Sometimes, these documents are addressed amongst individuals and small groups. In other instances, they are a part of union activities. Over the past few months, a business dispute between Local 333 and the port of Baltimore due to labor issues has resulted in business disruptions and financial losses for numerous businesses.