MoCo gaming behemoth faces possible class-action lawsuit over 'Fallout 76' refund policy

 

Rockville video game holding company ZeniMax Media Inc., the parent company of Bethesda Softworks LCC and Bethesda Game Studios, is the subject of a potential class-action lawsuit over its return policy, according to a complaint recently filed in a federal court. The lawsuit centers on "Fallout 76," which is the latest in a series of popular post-apocalyptic games and debuted in November to mixed reviews. Plaintiff Amber Dobson purchased a digital download of the game upon its release but decided to return it shortly after she “discovered that Fallout 76 was an unfinished product beset by, for example, freezes, lag, missing features, limited content and game-breaking bugs that made the gameplay experience untenable," according to the complaint, filed June 14 in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Harbor East Management Group buys prime Central Avenue building

Harbor East Management Group has purchased a prime property at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fleet Street, the development firm's latest expansion in its namesake neighborhood. The two-story, 27,000-square-foot brick building at 506 S. Central Ave. was long occupied by Sylvan Learning. Laureate Education Inc. is the current tenant under a lease that winds down over the next several months. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Amazon HQ2 is upending Northern Virginia’s already unstable housing market

Amazon has yet to break ground in Northern Virginia for its second headquarters, but residents are already turning away persistent speculators, recalculating budgets for down payments on homes and fighting rent increases. Amazon announced in November that its second headquarters would be in National Landing, which includes parts of Crystal City, Pentagon City and Alexandria, all suburbs of Washington. The company will hire 25,000 people over the next 10 to 12 years. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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China is pulling ahead of North America on smart cities

China is developing 500 smart cities — almost half the worldwide total, and more than 10 times North America's figure. Why it matters: China's smart cities signal the country's strengths not only in technology and infrastructure, but in implementation. Details: In Canada and the U.S., smart cities face obstacles including skepticism of Big Tech, privacy concerns, outdated infrastructure, and the difficulty of aligning stakeholders. (Axios)

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Under Armour recognized by ESPN for basketball program linking youth and police

Under Armour has been recognized by ESPN for working with the NBA to use basketball to build community ties between youth and police. The Baltimore-based apparel maker received the network’s Sports Humanitarian Corporate Community Impact Award for Building Bridges through Basketball. The brand, given the award Tuesday night, started the effort in 2016 in Chicago and has expanded it to Charlotte, N.C. (Balt. Sun)

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Five major medical malpractice cases that preceded last week’s ‘record-setting’ verdict against Hopkins Bayview

Last week, a jury awarded a mother whose baby suffered a brain injury during birth at Johns Hopkins Bayview $229 million — a record sum, her lawyers said. The baby, who is now 4-years-old, has brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during her delivery. She has cerebral palsy, uses a feeding tube and requires 24/7 care. Although Maryland laws meant to cap malpractice awards will likely reduce the total to about $200 million, the jury’s verdict is among the largest in U.S. history. (Balt. Sun)

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Food marketplace planned for Baltimore’s Clipper Mill

Owners of Baltimore’s Whitehall Mill plan to bring a new food marketplace to the former factory in Clipper Mill, complete with outdoor table service and off-premise catering. Baltimore’s liquor board is set to make a decision on whether to approve a liquor license for the facility, 3300 Clipper Mill Road, on July 18. The hearing is at 11 a.m. in Room 215 at City Hall and is open to the public. David Tufaro, founder of Terra Nova Ventures, which oversaw the building’s recent $22 million renovation into an apartment complex, could not be immediately reached for comment. Tufaro also restored nearby 19th-century Jones Falls Valley property, Mill No. 1, home to Cosima. (Balt. Sun)

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Uber launches new 'comfort' tier option in 43 cities, including Baltimore

Ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. has launched a new ride tier called Uber Comfort, which gives customers access to a quiet ride, control over the vehicle's air conditioning and higher rated drivers for a premium price. The new tier, which launched Tuesday, includes Baltimore as well as 42 other cities and the entirety of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Uber Comfort is now the ridesharing company’s third-most expensive ride behind Uber Select and Uber Black and SUV. The Comfort tier costs roughly 20 percent to 40 percent more than an UberX ride. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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