Ed Hale

Legal battle between Ed Hale and city could cost Baltimore taxpayers more than $3M

Legal battle between Ed Hale and city could cost Baltimore taxpayers more than $3M

A legal battle between prominent businessman Edwin F. Hale Sr. and the city of Baltimore is headed to the state’s second-highest court — with city taxpayers potentially on the hook for more than $3 million.

At issue is whether the operators of Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena are improperly using billboards that belong to Hale, a developer, former CEO of First Mariner Bancorp and the owner of the Baltimore Blast soccer team.

A Baltimore County judge has ruled in favor of Hale — saying the city had no right to commandeer billboards he owned in the arena — and awarded the businessman a $3.36 million judgment. City officials are appealing the ruling to the state’s Court of Special...

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