Beer distributor announces layoffs

The Winner Distributing Co. intends to lay off 125 employees at the end of the month in connection with the sale of its Highlandtown location, according to a notification to the state. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation announced Tuesday that the company had filed to say it will begin layoffs Feb. 28. (Daily Record)

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Adidas sues Under Armour for patent infringement

Adidas filed suit Tuesday against Under Armour and subsidiary MapMyFitness, alleging that the companies infringed on ten patents related to mobile fitness products. The claims by Adidas AG, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, concern technology used in the German sports brand's miCoach products, which allow users to monitor workouts via GPS and wireless signals. At least one of the patents was filed as early as 2004 and granted in 2007. The lawsuit alleges that Adidas intellectual property is being used in UnderArmour39 products, as well as the MapMyFitness heartrate monitor, among others. (Balt. Sun)

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Feb. 4 // Rally draws 250 for higher Md. minimum wage

A coalition of religious leaders joined Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a rally Monday to call for a higher minimum wage, saying Maryland lawmakers shouldn't wait for the economy to make a full recovery before taking action. (Balt. Sun)

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Tax credits: A better way?

An overhaul of state and federal earned income tax credits may be more effective at helping low-wage workers than an increase in the state’s minimum wage, according to a paper produced by the Maryland Public Policy Institute. The recommendation is the preferred option of three possibilities contained in a paper obtained by The Daily Record. (Daily Record)

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Lord & Taylor strikes back at White Flint Mall owners over planned redevelopment

National retailer Lord & Taylor has stepped up its legal rhetoric over the planned redevelopment of the White Flint Mall in Montgomery County, accusing the mall's owners of trying to "bull rush" through a lawsuit over the future of the project. Lord & Taylor sued the mall's owners, principals of Lerner Enterprises LLC and The Tower Cos. in July, claiming they breached a decades-old contract by letting leases expire and knocking down the former Bloomingdale's store. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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W.R. Grace emerges from bankruptcy, finally

After nearly 13 years in bankruptcy, chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. formally emerged from court protection Monday, bringing an end to one of the longest Chapter 11 cases in U.S. history. The Columbia-based company's joint plan of reorganization went into effect Monday, establishing two trusts that will award more than $4 billion to personal injury claimants and property owners. (Balt. Sun)

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Meritus Health to cut 120 positions as part of systemwide staff reduction

Meritus Health plans to cut 120 positions, including 60 current workers, by Feb. 15 as part of a systemwide staff reduction, President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Ross confirmed Monday. Faced with shrinking revenues due to federal budget cuts in 2013 and an upswing in costs due to uninsured patients, the health system also plans to cut hours for 43 employees, Ross said. (Herald-Mail)

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Longshoremen union to hold secret ballot on proposed port contract

Members of a longshoremen's union at odds with port of Baltimore employers will vote next week on whether to accept the employers' "best and final" contract offer. The secret ballot vote, scheduled for Feb. 11, has the potential to end an extended stalemate between the International Longshoremen's Association Local 333 and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore, which represents employers. (Balt. Sun)

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