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In an article on July 3, 2013, The Baltimore Sun reported that the Maryland State Board of Public Works approved a $55,000 settlement over a racial profiling case in which an African-American driver claimed two state troopers illegally searched him and his car.

Venable partner Seth Rosenthal, lead attorney for plaintiff David K. Martin of Philadelphia, said the settlement is unusually large for a case brought against the state police by an individual, which is “an indication the state police realized their troopers’ conduct was problematic here.” He added, “hopefully, this settlement will be one more step along the way toward curbing the problem or eliminating the problem.”

Rosenthal said Martin will receive the entire settlement because Venable, which has taken racial-profiling cases against the state police since 2002, handled the case for free.

Venable associate Joeann Walker assisted with the litigation.