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Johns Hopkins loses motion to dismiss donor intent suit

Johns Hopkins University's motion to dismiss a family's lawsuit over development plans for a Montgomery County farm was denied Friday evening, according to the plaintiffs.

The suit claims that Hopkins' plan to construct high-rise buildings on the land violates an agreement the land's previous owner entered into with the university more than twenty years ago, according to a statement from plaintiffs, led by John Timothy Newell.

Elizabeth Beall Banks and her siblings transferred the 138-acre Belward Farm to Hopkins with the expectation that development of the land, near Gaithersburg, would be limited to a low-rise campus.

The suit was filed by Banks' heirs in November in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

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